Saturday, May 17th is 2014’s Armed Forces Day. Take a few moments to salute our soldiers and veterans for their hard work and sacrifice. Keep reading to check out ideas for care packages, celebration decorations and other unique ways to Support Our Troops!
Care Packages are a wonderful way to let your soldier or veteran know they are in your thoughts. I love the idea of personalizing it to let them know how special they are. If you don’t know someone, click here for a list of organizations that can help you get a Care Package to active and retired Armed Forces personnel.
A quick hint list for packing your care box:
- Travel sized toiletries are a must. Small containers are easier for them to carry around.
- Baby wipes, acetaminophen packets, eye drops, foot powder, beef jerky, gum/mints, condiment packets, soap, tissues, toilet paper, lip balm, sunscreen, lotion, crossword puzzles/word searches/Soduku, travel packs of laundry soap, toothbrushes/toothpaste/floss, ear plugs, q-tips, socks, t-shirts, underwear, shampoo/conditioner, paper, pens, manicure kit, magazines, books, coffee/tea/cocoa, protein powder/bars, snacks (chips/candy bars/pretzels/salsa/pop tarts/nuts/cereal/peanut butter), dry soup, hard candy, envelopes, frisbee/ball/hacky sack, shoe laces, vitamins, sewing kit, can opener, travel sized games, deck of cards/dice/dominoes, memory cards, phone cards, sunscreen, sports drink/kool-aid/flavored water powder/drops, gloves/mittens/hats, AA batteries, and calling cards are always a sight for sore eyes. Don’t forget your makeup/hair/menstrual supplies for women (hair bands and tampons can be a commodity in some locations). Keep all food items to anything that does not require refrigeration and will not expire within the next (reminder that many forms of chocolate melt so pay attention to the weather ).
- Put everything in zipper baggies. This protects the items while being shipped (and from water or sand) plus they can be reused.
- If you plan on sending something with an odor (example: dryer sheets, scented lotion/shampoo/conditioner/soap, perfume/cologne-even on a letter or t-shirt) you might want to consider sending it in a separate package so that their favorite snack doesn’t smell and taste like their favorite body spray.
- Shipping to military personnel overseas is reduced or free, depending on your circumstances. Make sure you check into it!
- Pack using a sturdy box, lots of protective padding, and extra tape. You’ll thank me!
Sew some bandanas together for a table cloth, paint a couple bricks and build a simple center piece (which would look awesome filled with pinwheels), decorate some fruit, throw no-flame candles in some tissue paper decorated jars (more pinwheels), and follow Sarah Lipoff‘s instructions on creating decorative Bug Away Candleholders and you’ve got yourself a Red, White and Blue themed party that you can use again for 4th of July or any patriotic holiday.
Don’t forget the flag wreath! Take a wreath form (foam is usually easier) and stick miniature flags in until you can’t see the mold.
If you’d rather stick with a green theme, you can use army men, plastic helmets and camouflage to decorate.
Don’t forget to save these ideas for other events! Speaking of other events, get your orders in for supplies at the PartyFetti shop before it’s too late!
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