I was thinking about a Valentine's Swap for 2015, and then I started thinking about my huge Rubbermaid container of Valentine's Day décor, crafting supplies, and vintage cards. I can't fit the lid on it anymore because it's overflowing.
I love swapping with my bloggy pals, but what if we did something different this year? What if we sent Love (and Gratitude) to a group of soldiers overseas?
I went to AnySolider.com and chose a group of U.S soldiers of the Army who are stationed in Kuwait. I purposely chose a unit that was full of junior enlisted soldiers who are on their first deployment, and away from their families for the first time. The soldier's name who represents this unit is Brandon S. He has contact with 75 male, and 10 female soldiers.
The site has tons of helpful information about what to send. It's so interesting to read all the requests from the soldiers too. It's mind blowing to me that our country pays it's professional sports team players millions of dollars a year, when our soldiers have to buy their own soap and gloves!
Here's what I'm thinking, but please give your opinions and advice!
I haven't done anything like this before. :)
I want to fill four, large, Priority USPS boxes with things for this army unit in Kuwait.
The boxes will contain dozens of things that the soldiers need, including personal hygiene items, and snacks. These things aren't expensive. Dehydrated noodle bowls, jerky, razors, lotion, magazines, candy, etc.
Because we are vintage loving, crafty girls, we will send handmade Valentine's for every solider. Another thing I kept coming across on the site was the fact that they don't have access to greeting cards to send home to family and friends. If any of you are especially good at making cards (not me), and could send handmade Easter, Fourth of July, Birthday, and blank cards for the soldiers to send back home, that would be wonderful!
Once I get some feedback and know how many of you are on board with me, I'll post more details. I'm a little nervous that I bit off more than I can chew, but it shouldn't take long to fill four boxes. I believe that it will cost $53.00 to send 4 large, flat rate priority boxes. I'm hoping that (if you choose to participate) each gal will send ME a shoebox filled with a mix of items, and $5 to $10 to cover shipping, plus the small monetary donation to "Any Soldier" itself. I'll open the shoe boxes, do some rearranging, and then everything will go into the 4 larger boxes. We must ship edible things separate from things like soap and deodorant.
Because Valentine's Day will be here before we know it, we need to get this moving FAST!
I think it can take 3 to 4 weeks for packages to be received.
Let's show the soldiers that they are loved!
p.s You don't need to have a blog to participate, and of course
"The More The Merrier"!
We will send as many boxes as we can!
Here is a list of things that are needed.
Many of them can be found at your local Dollar Store! I *stared the ones that are asked for the most.
Hair Ties and Bobby Pins
*Easy Mac n Cheese/Noodles
*Nuts and Trail Mix
*Granola and Protein Bars
Cheetos and Doritos
Sugar Free Gum
*Candy, Gummy Candy
Crossword and Sudoku Puzzles
*MIO or Gatorade Water Flavoring
Blank Greeting Cards
*Travel Sized Items
Small Games and Puzzles
Books and Magazines
*Shampoo and Conditioner