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Check out this email I received from reader Esmerelda –

Where can I find reputable places to send care packages to soldiers who are stationed away from home or other services for our military?

With that being said, where do YOU send care packages to the military? And, do you know of any other services offered for military personnel? Please share!


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(Thanks, Esmerelda!)


Mary is a senior copywriter with 9+ years in frugal tips & deals. She has a Bachelors in Human Resources Interdisciplinary Studies. Connect with Mary on LinkedIn


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  1. Tracy

    Operation Gratitude. They have a list of items they are requesting for care packages or you can donate $ to cover the postage.

  2. sara

    Roughly how much does it cost to send a package? Let’s just say three to five pound package there.

  3. barb kelly

    my daughters girl scout troop collected 126 boxes of cookies to ship to the military we had no idea how much shipping was. the flat rate boxes are the best deal at $17.00 each, operation gratutide takes donations money or items wise

  4. En

    It’s probably not a good idea to list your bil address on here. You never know who uses this site and you don’t want potentially dangerous or hazardous items being sent to him.

  5. En

    For the safety of the deployed service members, please don’t post addresses to specific people. You never know who is on this site and their intent.

    • Angela

      Thank You 🙂 I actually thought about that as soon as I hit post and emailed Collin immediately to delete the post!

  6. Anne

    Here is a fun site: http://www.greenbeanscoffee.com/pages/cup-of-joe
    You send $2/cup of coffee to Green Beans Coffee. Deployed guys/gals can sign up to “win” a free cup of coffee (or other drink) from the portable Green Bean Coffee cafe–along with your note to them. It’s a great “taste of home” for guys/gals that are far from home! And they often write back!

    • Whitney

      My husband is currently deployed and he loves these! I would have to say out of all the packages or things they get over there he enjoys this the most when he is gone. It’s a great program!

    • LindaK

      The website says they’re undergoing maintenance.

  7. Chelsey

    You can reach out to FRG leaders on any base and request information like this! They would be happy to have donations sent over!

    • sara

      What does this mean? How would you do this?

      • Anne

        FRG= Family Readiness Group, basically the volunteers (and a few paid people) who help the families back home, keep the correct information flowing, and help morale.. There is a leader to that group who most likely has everyone’s deployed address. Although, it is hard to say if they will give that info out to “strangers,” even if well intentioned.

        • AJ

          No one would know how to reach an frg group member unless they had a relation in that base. Im guessing the question was asked by someone outside of military life who would like to help military members.

          • Shonee05

            You can look up any base on Google. FRG is great! You can easily find their information on the base website.

  8. Meg

    Our family “adopts” soldiers through http://www.adoptaplatoon.org You fill out an application and are assigned a soldier to send cards and gifts to throughout their deployment

  9. Rose

    I have been sending packages through Adopt A US Soldier for about 6 years. After you apply, they pair you with a service member who has requested letters and packages from home. This is the organization’s site: http://www.adoptaussoldier.org .

  10. C

    I use adopt a us soldier that pairs you with a soldier for their entire deployment. You’re expected to write or send packages regularly so if you are looking for a one time thing this isn’t for you.

    • Anne

      Actually good news: Adopt A US Soldier has come up with a way to do “one time” mailing, called Project Frontline. So, if you want to send to a unit, but only want to do it 1-2 times, this works too!

      • Jen

        If we wanted to send a one time pkg, what are good items to include? Thinking this may be a great idea for my Girl Scout troop, but I’m not even sure what to include in the pkg. and does the pkg go to 1 person or an entire unit? If a unit, how many ppl?

        • Family1st

          I usually send non perishable edibles…some of them enjoy different candies, chips, toiletries..beef jerkey..etc…things they can’t get very easily while away…

  11. Laura

    Look in Facebook for local groups! I didn’t know it existed (I live APO) until my mom saw a post about a group in her area. My mom connected with them and they sent me a bunch of stuff at Christmas and now they’re sending me some stuff for Easter! I’m not sure what the group is called because my mom always contacts them, not me.

  12. Arielle

    Soldiers angels is a great site to look in to

  13. Kayla

    I have used Any Soldier you look thru a list of messages you can filter by branch/ date or a number of other things. Each person writes out a message with what they would like or need, most share with their platoon some have specific requests others are more general. You can donate and $ amount to have one made up and sent. I mail them out in the extra large flat rate box, it’s cheaper than regularly mailing them with the military address last time I mailed them myself it was around $13 http://www.anysoldier.com

  14. Abby

    My godson and his cousin wanted to do something over the summer, I walked into the local recruiter’s office and told them what we we wanted to do and one of the recruiter’s gave me the address of a friend that was currently deployed. We sent three flat rate boxes with maybe eight gallon Ziploc bags in each one with trial size toiletries, snacks, drink mixes, and cards from the boys. I always make sure to send the drink mixes because my friend always asked for them when he was deployed, and I always send women’s hair bands and bobby pins.

  15. Carol

    I’ve adopted over 17 military personnel, both male & female through http://www.herobox.org/ They will connect you and a male or female member and give you help getting started. On this site my adoptees had wish lists of items I could pick from. One of my guys was a K-9 handler and he wanted things for his dog first and then himself. He got stuff for both!! Or they also take money for postage. Another great organization is Blue Star Mothers. They all have/had kids in the military and work with other organizations like Vietnam Vets to help get as many care packages sent as possible. Most of the rules for all these packages depending where they are stationed are pretty simple. NO pork in Iraq & Afghanistan, no religious material unless asked for, no material that could in any way be conceived as too racy or sexual, and some sites forbid sending tobacco in any form. Hope this helps some of you.

  16. Jo

    Thank you so much for all the ideas. I’ve had uncles and my grandfather in the service but no one currently, my son wants to be a soldier when he graduates. I want to send packages to them and show them gratitude for their services! This certainly helps!! Great for kids to also learn how valued our service men and women are.

  17. Tami

    I have adopted a soldier in the past, through http://www.adoptaussoldier.com. It was very rewarding, and the soldier really enjoyed all of the care packages, regardless of what they were! I always included a self addressed envelope with a card that said “package arrived safely”, that he could drop in the mail. I didn’t expect it, but he always wrote long letters on the cards when he mailed them back.

  18. Gloria

    Great post I have found it is not so simple to find local programs for care packages. I was not aware of many others have posted about here and will definitely check them out. In Louisville KY we have a campaign that collects annually for deployed soldiers. It is called Doing Our Part From the Heart. The campaign was started by a local Council Woman and has continued every year. Items are collected and packaged into boxes and shipped to soldiers. (If you are wondering about women soldiers – I have been told by the campaign that the women soldiers have money and a dedicated shopper that buys items specifically for them) Items are currently being collected through the end of March. They also accept $ for shipping. They have a Facebook page with info for anyone interested and if you live in the area a list of needed items and drop off locations are available.

  19. HOLLY

    I’ve used any soldier many times. Female soldiers and sailors especially need things that they can’t buy at many overseas posts. As another writer said, the site has lists of people who state what their unit needs most. Everything they get is shared. We also can’t send chocolate because it melts. Other items are forbidden. You have to fill out a customs form, so know in detail what you put in the package before you take it to the list office. It’s expensive to mail packages, so using the set price boxes from the post office saves a lot. Drink mixes and snacks are especially popular and a lot can go into the smallest box. For those who get the magazine Woman’s World, there is a blurb in each issue with organizations.

  20. Lori

    At my work we get over 20+ inserts of the same coupons. I clip them into matching stacks and fill a gallon sized freezer bag a week. I tried looking for an address to send these to but the box was returned as unknown. I’m looking for a HUGE base that would have a coupon group in need. Again these are new not used coupons, mostly in date not expired, and cut so there would be a multiple of 5+ in a row identical

  21. Holly

    I hope someone who subscribes to hip2save and is military reads this and has a place for you to send them!

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