I’ve been trying to make my care packages to Afghanistan a little nicer than that I’ve sent out already. So I was on a mission to find a Cricut cutting machine (I figured it has to be cheaper than buying pre-cut letters and having letters left over that I don’t use). I joined a couple of buy and sell groups that are on on Facebook, and attempted to purchase a couple at 100 bucks or more (I know, I know, I was feeling “spendy” those days), but each time I would be too late (story of my life). Then I saw it, a Facebook post where the person interested decided to haggle (apparently you don’t haggle with these). So I posted “pick me, pick me!! crossing fingers” and she asked me to send a private message to her. I did, and asked if it was still available. told me I was next in line and that the price was $65. I let her know that I was very interested (I was not going to tell her that I was willing to pay full asking), and that if she would please pick me, that it would be put to good use. I sent her a picture of one of my care packages, and explained that I send them to our troops. Little did I know that she would reply with, “THAT IS AWESOME are you available today?”.
I was so excited! I felt like I won at Bingo…you know..when you have one number left to be called and you get that butterfly in your stomach, and double check the scoreboard to be sure you marked correctly (can you tell I’ve never won at bingo).
So long story short, and a trip to Michael’s later….I’ve got my box done and ready to go!!
I KNOW I only cut out three words, but I’m still a beginner! What did you expect? I don’t care what you are thinking, I’m still proud of it.
My youngest helped me A LOT, he was a trooper! I wasn’t sure he would be up to the job, but he stuck to it. There are 7 people in this squad, so he decorated each bag. It looks like he was in a rush, but that is just the way he likes to color.
I found some googley eyes to stick onto the foam inserts. I had the cat on the pumpkins stamp already so I just stamped some brown lunch bags. I think the black at the top is supposed to be a dark sky. Either way, I had to share the pictures. The googley eyes make the skull look great.
I’ve also got some black notebook paper and a metallic gold pen that I’ll use to write a note. I usually spend so much time on decorating my boxes, that I seal them up without adding a note or card of some kind. I decided it may just have to be my trademark signature move.
Each bag contains a fruit roll up, scooby snacks, a bag of blood, a bag of bloody bones, an organ of some sort, and a day of the dead sucker. I haven’t sealed the box yet, since I’m going to mail it at the end of the week. I’m hoping that if I wait until the end of next week, it will be slightly cooler and I can include some loose chocolates.
Now I’ve got a little bit of a wicked side so I couldn’t resist putting these at the bottom of the box (insert witch’s cackle here). I can’t wait to hear from them once this box arrives. I expect them to tell me that they did get a little scared.
There is something rewarding about doing things for other people. I started sending care packages to the troops in Afghanistan this summer. I had done it once before, during Desert Storm, but this time I’m much better at it. It could be that the soldier was a guy, and he was very low maintenance. We did a lot of letter writing back and forth vs. care packages. I still sent them, but I remember the letters more than the packages. I do recall sending a hat and some cokes at some point…but the rest had to be the basic needs.
I asked my daughter if she would like to help me select the group that we would like to send care packages to. She decided that we should support an Army unit since she is in Army JROTC at school, and that we find some women. We found 2 units using www.anysoldier.com one is a small unit and the other is very large. Both units are from Texas (yes we are from Texas and that is what Texans do), so it already felt right for us. If you are from Texas or a Texan at heart, you will appreciate the photo below. If not, well someone once told me a long time ago…that you never have to ask someone if they are from Texas, if you give them enough time, they’ll just tell ya. This is true, we are proud, loyal, and share a bond that we call home. From one Texan to another, this package was very well received.
Now I’ve always been a person that likes crafts, and thinks I can be crafty, but the reality is that I’m not. I’m terrible at wrapping presents, I do not even know how to tie a bow, and the last presents I wrapped for Christmas were wrapped in old Sunday comics and a pretty string. So I started to do something a little different, but just as special as wrapping a gift. Since the outside of the packages require a large customs form, and have writing on them that the U.S. Postal Service uses, it made it pretty easy to focus on the inside of the box. Don’t get me wrong, a lot of people decorate the outside, I just choose not to. The box had lots of Pop-Tarts, Coffee K-Cups, some flavor-ice and other good ole American snacks.
This is the last care package I sent:
As you can see, more Pop-Tarts, some instant oatmeal, gum, sweet tea & pork n beans (not pictured). I wanted her to to know that we are proud of her. My 3 year old helped me glue the leaves and letters on, he loves to glue stuff. She really liked the package too. My care packages are pretty simple compared to some others that some Any Soldier supporters send out (they inspire me to do a better job), but I’m proud of the outcome of this one, and it makes me feel even better to know that I made her happy.