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My family has a tradition of making care packages on Thanksgiving day. This year we’re going to make and give extra special care packages for soldiers. These are easy to make and a wonderful way to celebrate Thanksgiving and share your gratefulness with our troops. During Desert Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom, I saw first hand how much deployed troops appreciate receiving care packages.
When I was in the Air Force, I was in Transportation and worked in the aerial port moving troops and cargo on aircraft. I helped shipped tons (literally, tons) of cards, letters and care packages to deployed troops. When my unit was deployed, we received care packages from people we didn’t know Those cards and care packages were always a wonder – that someone who didn’t know you took the time to put together and send you their appreciation. Those cards and care packages really do help raise spirits.
Because I’ve seen the positive impact that a care package can have, we’ll be making care packages for our deployed troops this year. Start with a bag to put the care package contents in. You can make a cloth bag or use a ziplock plastic bag.
Some of our favorite care package treats for deployed troops are:
Hard or Chewy Candy (not chocolate, which can melt)
Powdered Drink Mix
Small Packs of Tissues
Small Packs of Baby Wipes
Moleskin – You can find it near foot care items in your drug store. If you’ve ever walked miles in combat boots, you’ll understand why moleskin is a valued gift.
A Hand-Written Note or picture – A card or picture from a child is so sweet and uncomplicated. Be sure to write a note saying how much you appreciate the service member and that you are thinking of him or her. Keep your note upbeat and encouraging.
Print the free printable out on the card stock. Trim the card stock so that it’s 2 7/8″ wide and 4 1/4″ long. Place the wrapper so that the image is centered on the Extra gum pack. I just use my finger to press the creases in the wrapper so that it fits around the Extra gum box. Use the double stick tape to secure the wrapper to the Extra gum package.
These extra special gum packs will let the troops know that you put special effort into thanking them. Please join me in supporting our troops and give extra special care packages for soldiers. You can find more creative ideas on how to give Extra gum to thank someone special on Pinterest or Facebook.