Send a Care Package to Our Troops for Memorial Day

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They serve selflessly and do so much to protect our country. This Memorial Day, send a care package to our troops overseas and help brighten their day. This is a great activity for kids. They can learn about the importance of our military men and women while helping to personalize packages for them.

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According to Just Military Loans, there are over 250,000 troops stationed in 150 countries. It can be difficult being stationed so far away from family and friends. Just receiving a friendly care package in the mail can help make this hardship just a little less difficult.

There are many websites to help you get started on this project. One of them is called Hero Box. You can register on the site and they will match you up with a specific military member stationed overseas. The members request certain items and once you're matched, you can begin shopping for your hero. This is a great way to make an impact with one specific person -- you can personalize the items you send and really make a lasting connection.

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Another method is to send larger packages to a small group of troops. There are so many items that soldiers need, especially those stationed in warm, dry climates. Some important necessities include sunscreen, baby wipes, granola bars, lip balm, dried fruit, toothpaste and brushes. Don't forget items for their leisure and entertainment including magazines, books, DVD's and puzzles.

Your kids can include drawings, letters or just a simple thank you note for the work they do for our country. Decorate the package with patriotic items such as flags, stars and firework stickers. Making the package bright and cheerful makes it that much more special.

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The US Dept. of Defense also has a list of links to sites that are useful in helping you get started creating and sending packages to our troops. This Memorial Day thank a soldier and make it one you and they won't soon forget.

About the Author
Christine Pasqueralle is a freelance writer based in Westchester County, NY. In her free time Christine enjoys reading, travel and playing the violin. She currently serves as Media Co-Chair for the Junior League of Central Westchester.