3 Affordable Ideas for Military Care Packages

1. Baked Goods and Homemade Treats

Nothing says 'home' like something delicious straight from your own kitchen. You don't have to be Martha Stewart or some fancy chef, you can easily make some cookies or a cake using pre-mixed ingredients in your grocer's freezer aisle. Or if you are feeling particularly ambitious, bust out the old cook book and whip something up from scratch! It doesn't matter if your ingredients come from a box or from scratch, the key ingredient is love, and love always tastes delicious.  

2. Pictures, Pictures, Pictures

An easy way to liven up your care package is with pictures from family friends, and anything else that will remind a soldier of the home that they've dedicated their lives to protect. If you're wondering, 'How do I get pictures off of my phone and into someone's hands?' It's actually easier than you might think. Most national pharmacy chains and Wal-Marts have the ability to print digital pictures from USB drives and even from emails. Alternately, you can use services like snapfish.com and shutterfly.com to print images very inexpensively. Or you can print pictures using your printer at home. It's the thought that counts!

3. A Handwritten Letter

Most people send texts and emails all the time. They are quick and easy to send and receive. However, if you want to add a really personal touch, take out a pencil and paper and start writing. Don't worry about grammar, just worry about being yourself. Say hello, provide updates on what's going on, and say whatever you want to say. Letters are great because a soldier can re-read them whenever he or she wants. And the personal touch of a letter goes a long way. 

These are just a few ideas to get you going. The important thing is, send a care package! Even if you just include a candy bar, one picture, and a few words on an index card, pull it all together and put it in the mail. A little bit of thoughtfulness goes a long way. It's always a good Time to Give Back to Veterans. 

What are affordable ideas that you have? You can share in the comments section below. 


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