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Let’s face it, it can be hard when our loved ones are far away, especially if they’re fulfilling military service. It’s important to show those we love that we care about them, but distance makes this a little more challenging, not to mention a lot more expensive.
The good news is that there are many companies that send free care packages to service members who are deployed. Here’s a list that sends care packages to service members:
1. SeaBear Wild Salmon. Does your deployed loved one have a taste for seafood? Seabear Wild Salmon will send a package through their Treat the Troops program.
2. Books for Soldiers. Is your loved one a bookworm? Give them the gift of the written word free of charge with the Books for Soldiers program. This program also donates games, CDs, and DVDs.
3. USO. This program is very well-known for good reason. They’re more than willing to send a care package to your deployed loved one. All you need to do is give USO his or her name.
4. Operation Gratitude. Since 2003, Operation Gratitude has been shipping care packages to deployed service members. Their easy online form is simple to fill out, and they will send a care package to your loved one directly.
5. Boca Java Coffee. If your loved one is a coffee nut, her or she will love a Coffee For The Troops care package. The company has a reputation for donation with more than eight million cups of coffee donated since the inception of the program.
6. Operation We Care. This organization ships care packages to service members who are currently in war zones. If this describes your loved one, fill out Operation We Care’s online form to send a package today.
7. Dunkin’ Donuts. Who doesn’t love a good doughnut? Contact this name brand company and they’ll send some satisfying doughnuts overseas to your family member.
8. Naper Nuts & Sweets. Anyone with Chicago connections knows that the state of Illinois is famous for their popcorn. No matter where your deployed loved one’s from, Naper Nuts & Sweets will send him or her some delicious caramel corn when you fill out their online form.
9. Books-A-Million. Has your service member already finished the books sent by Books for Soldiers? Never fear, Books-A-Million is here. This national retailer has a Books for Troops program as well.
10. The Hershey Company. Is your loved one a chocolate fanatic in need of a Hershey’s fix? He or she is in luck! The Hershey Company offers free online donations through their Military Card Package Program … a decades old track record of sending service members chocolate.
11. Nuts.com. Nuts are both healthy and delicious. If this sounds like something that would interest your loved one, Nuts.Com has a free deployed service member donation program. Simply fill out the NUTS for Our Troops donation form.
12. Community Coffee. Could your loved one use a special coffee mug to remind him or her of home? Community Coffee offers a Military Match program. When you order four bags or four boxes of Community® coffee, they automatically double the order to any overseas (APO or FPO) or stateside military base address. Plus, a free Signature Military Match Mug.
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