Sending a care package to a service member deployed overseas is one of the best and easiest ways to support the troops. First of all, it gives that service member some much needed and greatly appreciated items, whether it be food, toiletries, comforts from back home, or personal notes. Secondly, it lets them know that they are not forgotten and that there are so many back home — loved ones and strangers alike — who care for them and support them.
Some of the most requested items for care packages to the troops include dry foods and powdered drinks; toiletries like deodorant, baby wipes, and foot powder; clothing items including socks and hats; and entertainment items like movies, newspapers, and magazines. A list of great items for putting together the perfect care package can be found here.
However, there are a lot of people who don’t personally know a deployed service member and therefore don’t have a name and address to send a care package to. Not to worry — there are great resources and organizations that help you get care packages to the troops serving overseas. And with the holiday season now upon us, it’s the perfect time to send some love and support to the brave men and women on deployment!
The Department of Defense (DoD) has a resource list on its website that gives the names of several well-established organizations that send care packages to troops overseas. Some of those organizations accept donations of care packages and then pass them along to the men and women who need them, and some even provide the names and addresses where the care packages can be sent. Other organizations accept monetary donations to create and ship care packages for troops, which is great for people who don’t have the resources to put together a care package themselves and send it to someone serving overseas.
You can take a look at the different organizations on the list and find the right one that fits your situation in order to support our troops. The DoD’s list of care package organizations can be found here.
One of the great organizations included in the DoD’s care package list is Any Soldier Inc. This non-profit organization connects with troops from all branches of the military that are currently serving overseas and provides the names and addresses of where care packages can be sent, including specifically requested items to make each care package perfect for the individual who will receive it.
Since the military does not allow packages to be sent to “Any Service Member” or similar vague addressees, service members sign up to be a part of the Any Soldier project while they are serving and distribute the care packages to their fellow service members who need them. These great men and women are not only serving our country but are going the extra mile of being a contact person for troops who otherwise may not get any mail, packages, or are in need of essential items.
Any Soldier’s website has a Where To Send page, which allows you to search through requests for care packages. Those are categorized by military branch, gender, and have both specific requests in them as well as deadlines of when care packages can be sent in order to reach the intended service member while they are on deployment. The page has great instructions and hints on creating care packages, as well as the do’s and don’t’s of sending packages to the troops.
The Veterans Site is proud to partner with Operation Support Our Troops — America, a volunteer-based, non-profit organization that works to “support the morale and well-being of American forces by providing comfort, resources and education to them and their families both while they are deployed in harm’s way and after their return” to send care packages to the men and women of the military deployed overseas. You can make a donation to help us send care packages to troops overseas by clicking here or following the link below!
Jacob H. is an award-winning journalist and photojournalist who currently resides is West Michigan with his wife. In his spare time, Jacob enjoys writing, photography, mountain climbing, and camping.