Care packages can get downright expensive. Between the contents, the decorations and the shipping, the total can really start adding up. While there are plenty of ways to save money on care packages, I think we can all agree that the best way is to get things for free. Luckily, there are quite a few companies and organizations that offer care package freebies to military personnel.
Where to find care package freebies
Hershey’s: Hershey’s support of the military dates back to WWII when they worked to create heat-resistant chocolate to add to troops’ rations. And now they want to send a little chocolate to your loved one! You’ll need to fill out the online application and they will ship something out on a first-come, first-served basis.
Chick-fil-A: many fellow military spouses have had success in getting local stores to donate care package freebies just by asking the manager. Sauces from Chick-fil-A and similar stores seem to be a popular choice and one that stores are very willing to donate.
StarKist Tuna: the company will send pouch tuna products to deployed troops with overseas addresses. You will need to email firstname.lastname@example.org with your request, as well as your loved one’s name and full address. These care package freebies will be mailed directly to the service member.
Dunkin’ Donuts: I don’t know about y’all but my husband runs on coffee when he’s deployed, so why not make it Dunkin’? You can enter your service member into a monthly lottery to win an entire case of coffee here.
Books for Soldiers: in my opinion, this may be the coolest of all the care package freebies. Troops can request a free book by filling out the online form. And it’s not just books! Volunteers donate CDs, DVDs and games that can be sent overseas.
Treat the Troops: if you’re looking to send your loved one something that’s homemade, Treat the Troops cookie donation may be just the way to go. Since 1990, the entirely volunteer-driven group has shipped out over 5 million cookies. You can request a package of cookies here.
These are just a few of the many opportunities to score care package freebies, but don’t overlook opportunities right in your backyard. So many people are willing to donate to folks in the armed forces that you could easily fill multiple care packages with donated items from friends and family.
Where have you found care package freebies?
Disclaimer: I have not taken advantage of any of these care package freebies, but am basing my recommendations off word of mouth from other military spouses.