Last Friday, May 28, four-year-old Greta and six-year-old Devon (with a tiny bit of help from their mom, Jennifer) sent care packages to Iraq — including one to their Adopt an MP soldier. We got word that at least one of the boxes arrived in Baghdad yesterday, June 2. That’s five quick days, counting both the weekend and Memorial Day holiday. Kudos to the folks handling military mail!
Greta and Devon’s packages were sent through the U.S. Postal Service using Priority Mail, which we have found is fast and cost-effective. One piece of advice we learned the hard way: Think twice before using Parcel Post mail. Sure, it may save you a few bucks, but the trade-off is transit time. Recently, a (non-military) birthday gift sent via Parcel Post took a whopping 21 days just to move from Des Moines, Iowa, to Boston. That’s more than enough time to turn homemade cookies in a care package from scrumptious to stale.