No matter where we are or how old we get there is always that special excitement of getting mail (especially when it’s not bills!), and this is especially true around special occasions such as birthdays, Easter, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day! So what better way to bring a smile to your deployed loved one than with a letter, card, or special parcel filled with their favourite things!
Thanks to the generosity of CFB Gander, all families with a member deployed overseas or to CFS Alert can send care packages free of charge to their deployed member.
Care Package Ideas:
When sending a parcel to a deployed loved one it is always a nice touch to include things that will remind them of home and let them know you are thinking of them. There are so many great ideas and each family’s parcel will be unique and special, but here are just a few ideas to help with your brainstorming:
- Remember to plan in advance for those special occasions as mail overseas may take anywhere from 2-6 weeks to arrive at its destination.
- Boxes are available at the front desk of the GMFRC so please feel free to drop by and pick some up.
- Our parcel drop off location is the Gander Military Family Resource Centre. If this still don’t work for you, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll do our best to make sure your package gets to your loved one!
- We recommend that expensive items NOT be sent in the event that a package arrives damaged.
- Brainstorm ideas that will be easy for your loved one to bring back home with them as they already have a lot of equipment and bags returning home with them.
- Please be advised that vapourizers are not permitted in parcels for deployed members, as they are considered a tobacco product.
- Homemade cards for special occasions (i.e. Easter, Christmas, Father’s Day, or even the first day of summer!)
- Handwritten letters are great! They can be held, tucked in a pocket, read and re-read and in a subtle way the paper, the handwriting, and even the fragrance of the paper can have an important meaning to the reader.
- Photos a great way of sharing those special moments. Also just a photo of you making a silly face can bring a smile even on the longest of days!
- Favourite games that will help pass any free time such as Sudoku puzzles, crosswords, or travel games.
- And don’t forget to include their favourite candies! Although it may be tempting to send chocolate it is best to save that for when they get home as it would be well melted by the time it arrives!