Links to information and resources for care packages:
Marine Families' great info on care packages
Specific Soldiers seeking items and commo
Operation Air Conditioners (and Heaters).
USO Chapter care package sponsorship (donation based).
Commercial care packages
Donate frequent flyer miles to troops on leave
Sgt. Brian Horn's 'any soldier' care package webite (he found ways to do it
without compromising security)
Operation Dear Abby
Operation Uplink. Getting phone cards to soldiers
Fisher House; Programs for material support to troops
Bass Pro's sponsorship of care packages
American Red Cross
Yahoo search syntax for "care packages" +iraq +afghanistan
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Things a person can do to get a feel for what our troops' lives are like:
-- Sleep on a cot in the garage.
-- Replace the garage door with a curtain.
-- Six hours after you go to sleep, have your wife or girlfriend whip open the curtain, shine a flashlight in your eyes, and mumble, "Sorry, wrong cot."
-- Renovate your bathroom. Hang a green plastic sheet down from the middle of your bathtub and move the shower head down to chest level. Keep four inches of soapy cold water on the floor. Stop cleaning the toilet and pee everywhere but in the toilet itself. Leave 2 to 3 sheets of toilet paper, or for best effect, remove it altogether.
-- When you take showers, wear flip-flops and keep the lights off.
-- Every time there is a thunderstorm, go sit in a wobbly rocking chair and dump dirt on your head.
-- Put lube oil in your humidifier instead of water and set it on "HIGH" for that tactical generator smell.
-- Don't watch TV except for movies in the middle of the night. Have your family vote on which movie to watch and then show a different one.
-- Leave a lawnmower running in your living room 24 hours a day for proper noise level.
-- Have the paperboy give you a haircut.
-- Once a week, blow compressed air up through your chimney making sure the wind carries the soot across and on to your neighbor's house. Laugh at him when he curses you.
-- Buy a trash compactor and only use it once a week. Store up garbage in the other side of your bathtub.
-- Wake up every night at midnight and have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on a saltine cracker.
-- Make up your family menu a week ahead of time without looking in your food cabinets or refrigerator.
--Then serve some kind of meat in an unidentifiable sauce poured over noodles. Do this for every meal.
-- Set your alarm clock to go off at random times during the night. When it goes off, jump out of bed and get to the shower as fast as you can. Simulate there is no hot water by running out into your yard and breaking out the garden hose.
-- Once a month, take every major appliance completely apart and then put them back together again.
-- Use 18 scoops of coffee per pot and allow it to sit for 5 or 6 hours before drinking.
-- Invite at least 185 people you don't really like because of their strange hygiene habits to come and visit for a couple of months. Exchange clothes with them.
-- Have a fluorescent lamp installed on the bottom of your coffee table and lie under it to read books.
-- Raise the thresholds and lower the top sills of your front and back doors so that you either trip over the threshold or hit your head on the sill every time you pass through one of them.
-- Keep a roll of toilet paper on your night stand and bring it to the bathroom with you. And bring your gun and a flashlight.
-- Go to the bathroom when you just have gas, "just in case." Every time.
-- Announce to your family that they have mail, have them report to you as you stand outside your open garage door after supper and then say, "Sorry it's for the other Smith."
-- Wash only 15 items of laundry per week. Roll up the semi-wet clean clothes in a ball. Place them in a cloth sack in the corner of the garage where the cat pees. After a week, unroll them and without ironing or removing the mildew, proudly wear them to professional meetings and family gatherings. Pretend you don't know what you look or smell like. Enthusiastically repeat the process for another week.
-- Go to the worst crime-infested place you can find, go heavily armed, wearing a flak jacket and a Kevlar helmet. Set up shop in a tent in a vacant lot. Announce to the residents that you are there to help them.
-- Eat a single M&M every Sunday and convince yourself it's for Malaria.
-- Demand each family member be limited to 10 minutes per week for a morale call. Enforce this with your teenage daughter.
-- Shoot a few bullet holes in the walls of your home for proper ambiance.
-- Sandbag the floor of your car to protect from mine blasts and fragmentation.
-- While traveling down roads in your car, stop at each overpass and culvert and inspect them for remotely detonated explosives before proceeding.
-- Fire off 50 Cherry Bombs simultaneously in your driveway at 3:00 AM. When startled neighbors appear, tell them all is well, you are just registering mortars. Tell them plastic will make an acceptable substitute for their shattered windows.
-- Drink your milk and sodas warm.
-- When people put their hand on your shoulder and say, "Welcome back from (Bosnia Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.). Was it bad over there?" Reply by pointing at them and yelling, "Bad touch! Bad touch!"
-- Make your children clear their Super Soakers in a clearing barrel you placed outside the front door before they come inside.
-- Make your family dig a survivability position with overhead cover in the back yard. Complain that the 4 x 4s are not 8 inches on center and make them rebuild it.
-- Continuously ask your spouse to allow you to go buy an M-Gator.
-- When your 5-year old asks for a stick of gum, have him find the exact stick and flavor he wants on the Internet and print out the web page. Type up a Form 9 and staple the web page to the back. Submit the paperwork to your spouse for processing. After two weeks, give your son the gum.
-- Announce to your family that the dog is a vector for disease and shoot it. Throw the dog in a burn pit you dug in your neighbor's back yard.
-- Play horseshoes when you are not working.
-- Just when you think you're ready to resume a normal life, order yourself to repeat this process for another 6 months to simulate the next deployment you've just been ordered to support.