101 Tips for Troops – #17

Care Packages – Tip #17

It is unlikely that you will have time to make a care package for  your family at home, while deployed (not to forget that there aren’t a lot of choices of what you could put in it – sand?).  My tip is to do it before you even leave.  There are times during an absence or deployment when your family and friends discover that you are the peace keeper, idea person, creator of fun(ny) moments or just the person that could keep everyone from getting on each other’s nerves.  It can be opened during the deployment when you call or open an email and discover that they are at the end of their rope or if you have a nosy/snoopy family, give it to someone with instructions on when to give it to your family, girlfriend, children, wife, etc.

‘I Care’ Kit Ideas:

* Their favourite DVDs

* CD of pictures of you all together

* CD of mixed songs for the car that you both liked or that made you sing or laugh

* Recordable frame with a special photo and a few words of encouragemen/love from you

* Non-perishable food -their favourite candies

* A ‘hang in there’ card.  Write and tell them what you are probably missing most about them.

* A t-shirt you used to wear all the time or some new pjs

* A gift certificate to their favourite place

For more information about our tips, books, or resources go to: http://www.whileyouwereaway.org

To submit a tip of your own, write to: Megan@whileyouwereaway.org

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