Whether you have a loved one, family member or are just looking to brighten someone’s day, sending a care package overseas to a deserving servicemember is a great idea this holiday season.
In order to do this, you must follow a few guidelines.
First, you have to take into account that different countries have different restrictions on what can and cannot be sent. So, before you send a letter or package to one of our troops overseas, make sure you’re aware of the restrictions.
Go online to the U.S. Postal Service website to check international mailing restrictions before placing items in your care package.
When packing, take into account that it might be the coldest winter where you live, while it’s a blazing hot summer at the other end. Plan your contents accordingly so that everything arrives in its best condition.
Get creative with your packing material. Use soft items such as tissues, facial wipes, newspapers instead of packing peanuts or bubble wrap. The less they have to worry about discarding, the better.
Lastly, fill out customs forms for the package you’re sending. Speak to someone at your local post office to find out which forms you need to complete.
If you are looking for a more simplier way to show your support this holiday season, the redcross is hosting ‘Holiday Mail for Heroes’ which only requires a simple Card to say you care. Their deadline for having cards to the P.O. box is Friday December 7th. Check out their website for more details.