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    mrssgtsupergrunt
    Fri Jul 06, 2007 11:32 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Hello there, i was just roaming the internet for new ideas to send to my husband who is currently in Iraq on his fourth tour. I seen this web site and just fell in love with it, I love the creative ideas on here and the endless support of others undergoing the same daily challenges. Well anyways, my husband usually asks for flavored sunflower seeds, corn nuts, licorice, flavored pop corns, any baked good, and absolutely loves the rice krispie treats, so do all the other guys. They all share care packages there and a personal favorite that they can never get enough of is the krispie treats, You can be as creative as you want, do coco krispie treats, add m&m's, skittles, peanut butter, food coloring depending on different approaching holidays. For valentines day you can add those little cinnamon candies. Well, you get the idea, I love them because they are so cheap and easy to make at home. I can whip up a couple batches in like 15-20 minutes at the most. Usually right before work! Well anyways, I am very young and inexperienced with this, it is my first deployment, keep me in your prayers please, so I always am needing new ideas, please keep them coming! God Bless!!![url][/url][img][/img][url][/url]
    Molly53
    Sat Jul 07, 2007 12:58 am
    Forum Host
    Click on some of these links, Kaybay...

    It's AVERAGING highs of 110F and can get up to 120F right now in the desert.
    Operation Air Conditioner
    provides air conditioners for soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    You can send a personal misting/cooling device to a soldier via Cool Our Troops.


    Free military shipping package from the US Post Office

    Reading material is scarce on the front line. Used paperback books may be donated for service personnel through www.booksforsoldiers.com. Please make sure and get the free military shipping packaging mentioned above AND to use the Post Office's Book Rate for greatest cost effectiveness.

    Here are some GREAT Tips from the Cookie Lady that are very helpful for sending baked goodies.


    Treats for Troops
    helps get you provide packages to your loved ones overseas. If you don't know anyone, the Foster-A-Soldier Program matches you with a registered soldier by branch of service, home state, gender, or birthday - or you can choose to sponsor a group of soldiers.

    Useful Care Package Information

    Operation Gratitude is another way to send care packages.

    If you'd prefer not to send your own care package, The USO helps boost morale with personal supplies to overseas service members. Your $25 donation will sponsor a care package for a service person.

    Frequent flyer miles may be donated to help soldiers return home for emergencies OR reunite family members with injured loved ones through Operation Hero Miles


    Homes for Our Troops
    assists injured veterans and their immediate families by building new or adapting existing homes with handicapped accessibility.

    The Fisher House Foundation donates comfort homes, built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury.

    Become some soldier's angel by adopting a service member.
    Soldiers' Angels

    Quilters can contribute their efforts to Quilts of Valor, an organization dedicated to wrapping the wounded in the warmth of a handmade quilt. They've donated over 10,000 quilts so far.


    https://www.motomail.us/ (for friends of Marines only)


    The Freedom Calls Foundation
    is helping families videoconference with their loved ones in Iraq. You can donate money to help keep this project going.

    USO Operation Phone Home is a program that delivers prepaid calling card to solders so that they can talk for free. There is a desperate need for them right now.

    Old cellphones and money for calling cards can also be donated at Cell Phones for Soldiers.


    Adopt a Platoon
    has several ongoing projects to ensure that no soldier overseas walks away from mail call empty-handed.

    Send e-greetings via Dear Abby to service people via http://anyservicemember.navy.mil/

    Groceries for Families
    The men and women who lay down their lives for us are terribly underpaid. Help a family by purchasing gift certificates to the commissary.

    AAFES Gift Certificates
    The Army and Air Force Exchange Services is where most servicemen and women do their shopping. You can purchase gift certificates for those in Iraq and those hospitalized.

    Keep the morale of both the troops AND their loved ones left behind high by Showering Babies of Deployed Troops with baby supplies and handcrafted gifts.

    United Through Reading, a quality-of-life program for military families, helps keep parents and children connected while separated during long deployments, through the medium of reading aloud on videotape.
    This program can be utilized by all deployed personnel as they may choose to read aloud to a younger brother or sister, grandchild, or even a child they are mentoring.

    Operation Homefront provides emergency funds and/or resources for the military families in need.

    Soldiers called to active duty often have no choice but to put their pets in shelters or give them away. Foster a service person's pet for up to one year of care (with the owner covering all expenses, including food) through
    www.netpets.org.
    mrssgtsupergrunt
    Sat Jul 07, 2007 2:04 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Thank you for those links, they are great. Keep the great ideas and support coming.
    Jade #3
    Sat Jul 07, 2007 12:54 pm
    Semi-Experienced "Sous Chef" Poster
    I hear from my son that it is now 130 degrees in Bagdad where he is located. He says he is beat at the end of his 12 hour shifts. I need to get another package in the mail too. I like the rice krispy treats idea. His birthday is coming up in August, so I need to plan a special box.
    mrssgtsupergrunt
    Sat Jul 07, 2007 2:29 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    SOME BIRTHDAY IDEAS FROM THE GUYS WHERE MY HUSBAND IS ARE SURPRISINGLY TO GET LOTS OF PARTY FAVORS, HATS, BANNERS, POPCORN BALLS, KRISPIE TREATS, SPOON FUDGE(LOOK ONLINE FOR A RECIPE), BROWNIES, YOU CAN EVEN DO CUPCAKES AND SEND THE FROSTING SEPARATELY IN THE JAR SO THEY CAN HAVE CUP CAKES AND JUST FROST THEM THEMSELVES SEND CANDLES TOO. IF YOU WANT YOU CAN ASK HIM FOR A FRIENDS NAME AND MAIL IT TO HIS BEST FRIEND THERE SO THAT THEY CAN FIND A WAY TO SURPRISE HIM OVER THERE. SEND PARTY CUPS, PUNCH MIX, PARTY PLATES, PLASTIC SILVERWARE, AND ANYTHING ELSE YOU CAN THINK OF, THEN IF YOU WANT YOU CAN ALSO SEND HIM HIS OWN PERSONAL PACKAGE SO HE GOT SOMETHING TOO. AT LEAST THAT IS WHAT I DO FOR THE GUYS IN MY HUSBANDS SQUAD WHO HAVE BIRTHDAYS, THEY SAY IT MAKES THEM FEEL LIKE IT WAS LIKE A PARTY BACK HOME AND THEY REALLY APPRECIATE IT, SOME EVEN CRIED, GOOD TEARS I HOPE! WELL THAT IS MY IDEA, HOPE IT WILL HELP! GOD BLESS
    Molly53
    Sat Jul 07, 2007 3:08 pm
    Forum Host
    mrssgtsupergrunt wrote:
    SOME BIRTHDAY IDEAS FROM THE GUYS WHERE MY HUSBAND IS ARE SURPRISINGLY TO GET LOTS OF PARTY FAVORS, HATS, BANNERS, POPCORN BALLS, KRISPIE TREATS, SPOON FUDGE(LOOK ONLINE FOR A RECIPE), BROWNIES, YOU CAN EVEN DO CUPCAKES AND SEND THE FROSTING SEPARATELY IN THE JAR SO THEY CAN HAVE CUP CAKES AND JUST FROST THEM THEMSELVES SEND CANDLES TOO. IF YOU WANT YOU CAN ASK HIM FOR A FRIENDS NAME AND MAIL IT TO HIS BEST FRIEND THERE SO THAT THEY CAN FIND A WAY TO SURPRISE HIM OVER THERE. SEND PARTY CUPS, PUNCH MIX, PARTY PLATES, PLASTIC SILVERWARE, AND ANYTHING ELSE YOU CAN THINK OF, THEN IF YOU WANT YOU CAN ALSO SEND HIM HIS OWN PERSONAL PACKAGE SO HE GOT SOMETHING TOO. AT LEAST THAT IS WHAT I DO FOR THE GUYS IN MY HUSBANDS SQUAD WHO HAVE BIRTHDAYS, THEY SAY IT MAKES THEM FEEL LIKE IT WAS LIKE A PARTY BACK HOME AND THEY REALLY APPRECIATE IT, SOME EVEN CRIED, GOOD TEARS I HOPE! WELL THAT IS MY IDEA, HOPE IT WILL HELP! GOD BLESS
    Welcome to 'zaar, Mrs. It's very nice to meet a new friend.

    It would be easier to read your posts without the caps lock on.
    mrssgtsupergrunt
    Sat Jul 07, 2007 3:20 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I'm so sorry, I was in a hurry typing and did not even look up and realize the lock was on. I can never remember when they are on or off!
    Jade #3
    Sat Jul 07, 2007 5:29 pm
    Semi-Experienced "Sous Chef" Poster
    mrssgtsupergrunt wrote:
    SOME BIRTHDAY IDEAS FROM THE GUYS WHERE MY HUSBAND IS ARE SURPRISINGLY TO GET LOTS OF PARTY FAVORS, HATS, BANNERS, POPCORN BALLS, KRISPIE TREATS, SPOON FUDGE(LOOK ONLINE FOR A RECIPE), BROWNIES, YOU CAN EVEN DO CUPCAKES AND SEND THE FROSTING SEPARATELY IN THE JAR SO THEY CAN HAVE CUP CAKES AND JUST FROST THEM THEMSELVES SEND CANDLES TOO. IF YOU WANT YOU CAN ASK HIM FOR A FRIENDS NAME AND MAIL IT TO HIS BEST FRIEND THERE SO THAT THEY CAN FIND A WAY TO SURPRISE HIM OVER THERE. SEND PARTY CUPS, PUNCH MIX, PARTY PLATES, PLASTIC SILVERWARE, AND ANYTHING ELSE YOU CAN THINK OF, THEN IF YOU WANT YOU CAN ALSO SEND HIM HIS OWN PERSONAL PACKAGE SO HE GOT SOMETHING TOO. AT LEAST THAT IS WHAT I DO FOR THE GUYS IN MY HUSBANDS SQUAD WHO HAVE BIRTHDAYS, THEY SAY IT MAKES THEM FEEL LIKE IT WAS LIKE A PARTY BACK HOME AND THEY REALLY APPRECIATE IT, SOME EVEN CRIED, GOOD TEARS I HOPE! WELL THAT IS MY IDEA, HOPE IT WILL HELP! GOD BLESS


    That post got me all choked up, dangit. I am going to put together something special, for sure. I will ask him to give me a friends address over there and send 2 packages.
    Thanks for your ideas.
    mrssgtsupergrunt
    Sat Jul 07, 2007 5:59 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    No problem at all, love to share and swap ideas for are very special super heros fighting over there. Anything that will make it more like home, also my husband said that they are all like big kids over there and try to have fun as much as possible so water balloons, water guns, and noise makes are great too! Also, some family members are getting my husband this thing called a Misty Mate, it is supposed to be like an air conditioned/ misting or cooling devise that is small enough to even wear! It says it can cool the area around your soldier by 30 degrees, just thought you guys might want to know.
    Jade #3
    Sat Jul 07, 2007 6:19 pm
    Semi-Experienced "Sous Chef" Poster
    I sent him water pistols in my first package. Ha, his favorite thing so far was the instant mashed potatoes, yikes. Are these guys starving to death over there, or only eating junk food? I am thinking junk food, he begged for ramen noodles. I am going to make some beef jerky and dry some fruit too. I should make some raspberry jam too, I have a ton of ripe raspberries right now. I wonder if it would arrive unbroken. I will look into some other cooling devices. It is tough cause I am living in small town canada now and they aren't equipped to provide me with cooling devices and it costs me a ton to get them shipped from the US.
    Kritty
    Sat Jul 07, 2007 9:09 pm
    Food.com Groupie
    Check out this website:

    http://www.givingyouavoice.com/page/page/4222704.htm

    A close friend of mine adopted Ms. O'Neil's son and got me involved in this cause. I'm not asking for donations here..I'm just trying to get the word out that there are many holidays/birthdays throughout the year that our troops miss out on while deployed and as the website states they don't have the best selection when it comes to sending presents home.
    Home cooked food is always a treasure over there (and I've sent a ton myself) but keep in mind that some of the things we take for granted (chapstick, deodorant, etc...) may not be easy for some of them to get their hands on so remember to include some small everyday item with each shipment...If they don't need it they probably know someone else who does.
    mrssgtsupergrunt
    Sat Jul 07, 2007 11:26 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Wow jam sounds like a great idea, I know Chris and the boys would love it. I will have to look for recipes on it! That was a great idea. I have been nominated the "third heard mommy" that is there squad name. My husband is the only one out of all nine of them that receives a care package or letters, so I sent like 9 boxes at a time once every 10 days. I was s sad when my husband told me that, he just passes the boxes around the room and everything gets eaten up. I also have all the boys birthdays and I send a few birthday boxes off to them, they do not get one from anyone else, how sad. So I have to think in bulk, things that are easy to make, and make a lot. I am always short on time and usually do not get sleep for about three days before I send my packages, I am baking all night. Send ideas please!!! God Bless!!
    Molly53
    Sat Jul 07, 2007 11:40 pm
    Forum Host
    Jade #3 wrote:
    I sent him water pistols in my first package. Ha, his favorite thing so far was the instant mashed potatoes, yikes. Are these guys starving to death over there, or only eating junk food? I am thinking junk food, he begged for ramen noodles. I am going to make some beef jerky and dry some fruit too. I should make some raspberry jam too, I have a ton of ripe raspberries right now. I wonder if it would arrive unbroken. I will look into some other cooling devices. It is tough cause I am living in small town canada now and they aren't equipped to provide me with cooling devices and it costs me a ton to get them shipped from the US.
    Don't take the chance on the jars...make Leapin' Lizard Leather instead.
    SassyStew
    Sun Jul 08, 2007 1:19 am
    Food.com Groupie
    I confess, I didn't read all the posts to see if anyone had already suggested "Country Jen's Anzac Biscuits (Cookies)". These cookies ship really well!
    onrey55
    Tue Jul 10, 2007 8:22 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I am new here and getting ready to send my sweetie over to play in the sand box. I have lots of ideas from reading all these posts but someone at work suggested something called finger jello. Evidently this is jello with extra gelatin added. The girls assured me that this will not melt nor go bad but we are talking about midwest weather here not Middle East hot. I wondered if anyone has heard of this and if so how it fares. icon_biggrin.gif
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