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Friday
Jan162015

Update: Send a Valentine’s Day care package to Afghanistan

Thanks to everyone who has signed up to help Operation Cookie Overload send Valentine’s Day treats to Afghanistan. We are still in need of a few more people; see below if you would like to participate. The mailing address will be emailed out today. While many of you are veterans of Operation Cookie Overload, we thought we’d reshare some of the most common questions about putting together a terrific military care package. 
  • Can I send chocolate? Absolutely. The weather in Kandahar is cool enough that you can send chocolate this time of year. 

  • What’s the best way to mail my care package? For heavy packages filled with lots of cookies and candy, Flat Rate Priority Mail is most often going to be your best bet. A Large Priority Mail Flat Rate box normally costs $17.90 to ship, but when you’re mailing it to an APO/FPO military address, it will only cost $15.90 no matter how much it weighs. A Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate box will cost $12.65 to ship. Remember, you must pack items in a Flat Rate box from the Postal Service in order to get the flat rate; pick up boxes for free at your local post office.
  • How long will it take my package to arrive? It should take less than two weeks to arrive in Afghanistan. Packages from Texas have been arriving in eight or nine days; if you are mailing from the East Coast, it may take even less time. 
  • Will I receive a thank-you card or acknowledgement that my package was received? Maybe, maybe not. Please keep in mind that these soldiers are working long hours, and they may not have time send you a thank-you card. If you would like to make it easier for them to respond to you, however, include a self-addressed envelope in your package. (Don't add postage to the envelope; soldiers deployed to Afghanistan don't need to put stamps on cards they mail to the United States.)
  • Where can I sign up to help out? To participate, send us a private email with your complete name and address. (Email us at christinestrength@me.com or use this secure form.) 

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