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April 28th, 2010, 12:36 PM
For those interested in contributing items for the FFC Care package to be sent overseas to our deployed troopers, the following is a list of the do's and dont's Any and all items are appreciated and will be collected at the next monthly meeting scheduled for May 25th.

Baby Wipes - packets are better than tubs. Much better than baby wipes, per se, are the "Hoo Ahhs" brand of pre-moistened, alcohol-free, unscented Field Towels
Beef Jerky/Slim Jims
Energy Bars (Power Bar, etc. - Unless a specific brand is requested, much better than standard civilian energy bars are the "HOOAH!" brand energy bar based on the U.S. military's own specially formulated bar that better meets the soliers' needs)
Hot Sauce (Tabasco, Red Devil, etc.) - wrap glass bottle in duct tape and place in doubled zip-lock bags
Sunflower seeds
Seasoning Salt (Lawry's, etc.)
Atomic Fireballs / Jolly Rancher hard candy (for service member use)
Smarties or SweetTart candies (for local children who prefer sour style candy to build relationships with community)
Powdered Energy/Electrolyte Replacement Drink Mix (Gatorade, etc.)
Chewing Gum
Avon Skin So Soft - great for removing face paint and also reputed to be an effective bug repellant (the latter seems variable based on personal experience and reports)
AA-cell Alkaline Batteries
Personal Hygiene Gear: Disposable Razors, Toothbrush and Tooth Paste
Eye Wash / Drops (Visine, etc.) for flushing dust and sand out of the eyes
Zip-Lock style Plastic Storage Bags - assorted sizes, heavier freezer style are better
Copenhagen Snuff in a tin ("Even if the service member doesn't dip snuff, they will be a hero and have more power than the Commanding Officer if they have a 'log' (10 cans) of 'Hagen.' A large percentage of infantry use this stuff and it is hard to get. The stuff they do get comes in a plastic can and tastes terrible. The 'Stateside Hagen' is the most powerful bargaining tool in a field environment!")
Pre-paid Phone Card so service member can call home
Veterans of Foreign Wars operates Operation Uplink which sends free prepaid phone cards to service members. On the Operation Uplink site you can request a card for a specific service member or make a donation to help support this service.

What Not To Send in a Care Package
Finally, DO NOT SEND:
Anything that melts (if you just must send chocolate, send M&Ms)
Waterless Hand Cleaner/Sanitizer - generally makes mud, wipes are preferred
Flashlights - Everybody has one and never gets to use it due to visible light discipline restrictions.
Compass - Everybody SHOULD already have one attached to their Load Bearing Vest/Harness
Sun Screen - already issued in mass quantities, drowning in the stuff
Liquor of any sort
Pornography of any sort. This includes "soft porn" such as Playboy magazines.

April 28th, 2010, 02:10 PM
To USSVET: I'll be the first to say it is quite thoughtful of you to gather up items in a care pkg for our troops overseas. Being on the receiving end of such items, it's always brought a warm smile to receive those items and knowing that Americans cared enough to support the troops. Being alone in a strange land was especially difficult during the holiday period. My hat is off to you sir!

April 28th, 2010, 02:17 PM
OBX T/A: First off, thank you for your service!! and i know first hand as well how much of a "taste of home" these packages bring, so many of these items on the list can be purchased for little money at Walmart ( travel size aisle) and any dollar store as well, i feel that if every member was able to buy just a few things we would have quite a bit to send off in May. :rockon:

May 13th, 2010, 09:50 AM
I have also asked the local media to announce what we are doing as well as the papers. My hope is that we will get a good response.
Also, Anissa you may want to let Marko at Hooters know. Not that I think he will mind having his name out there. It may be nice if folks drop something off before that date..although I did specify when, you know it can happen.

Thanks to everyone participating and who has and is serving WE APPRECIATE all you do!