I have spent the last week thinking about what our family would do for our Christmas service project this year. Christmas is about giving, not receiving and I want my children to remember that when they are grown and far away. I have always thought how nice it would be to send care packages to our troops. So…this is what I want to do. I just need a little help. I need addresses of soldiers to send them to.
I will send cookies to any troops whose addresses are given to me. (At least as many as I can keep up with..or can afford. I have 3 little ones who are willing to help out!) Every box of cookies will contain a handwritten card which connects the troops to their community, I’ll say who gave me their address. I’ll jot a funny story and a encouraging quote. (If you have one that you would like included, please send me that as well.) I want the troops to know this isn’t some random woman with a cookie baking fetish sending out oodles of cookies. This is the labors of their community. This is a extension of love from their friends and family. This is letting them know they are not forgotten. That they are on the forefront of the minds of those who know them personally–and even some who don’t know them.
I understand that the cutoff date to send Priority Mail is Dec. 10th to get it there by Christmas. I can send them after that, of course. We just can’t expect them to have them by Christmas. Although, I am pretty sure they wouldn’t care when they got them. Goodies are goodies! If you would like to send a donation to help with supplies or mailing, I would be happy to accept them. I can accept checks, money orders, or Paypal. If you can’t afford anything..but want to send out cookies anyway…send me those addresses. (Mailing alone will be 12.50 per large box to an APO/FPO address overseas.)
You can contact me by commenting here with information or you can send me an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put “Cookies For Troops” in the subject line. I live in Kentucky, but like I said…I will send to anywhere, regardless of the area they are requested from. If you would like to volunteer to take any requests for addresses from your area/community that I may get..let me know! I would like to help out as many troops as possible. Hopefully this will turn out to be a huge success!!
If you would like to send some out yourself, but need recipe ideas for cookies that handle the shipping well, keep an eye out. I will be posting some soon.