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« on: March 21, 2005 09:57:54 PM »

 Help! I want to send my friend something in Iraq, but I have no idea what i can and can not send. I didn't know him very well before he left, so I'm not sure whats appropriate. He's stationed as a prison guard, and has little spare time. I dunno what he could use or would like, that wouldn't get in his way. I know that he likes comedy, Irish stuff, and the air force obviously. Someone help me out! Thanx so much!
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« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2005 11:59:11 AM »

i'm knitting a seaman's cap for my friend who's about the be shipped out.  but, if you don't knit you could always put together a care package of a few different things.  Make a mixed tap or CD, throw in some candy, deck of cards (maybe naughty cards, like in the old days?) Mad Libs, a journal for him to write in. . .just a few things to show you are thinking about him.

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« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2005 12:07:41 PM »

my brother just got out of iraq.  he liked anything from home, that was small.  examples: unscented baby wipes, AA and AAA batteries, canned items that you can open without an opener, summer sausages, toothpaste, mouthwash (all travel size).  i know that they frown upon sending anything "naughty" because of the religious beliefs of the iraqi army. 
handmade cards, and like the earlier poster said, anything to show that you are thinking about them, and remind them that they eventually will be home.

this site has a lot of 'guidelines' for sending things...
http://www.booksforsoldiers.com/guidelines.html

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« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2005 12:30:00 PM »

make him a pin that says "kiss me i'm irish" no i'm just kidding. just think of the stuff that's vital, soap, and stuff...maybe make him a bar of soap that says something funny on it...
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« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2005 12:48:39 PM »

april. . . .that's a great website.

one other thing i thought of:  cameras.  you could send a disposable camera with a self-addressed envelope for himto send back the film.  though now that i think of it, their packages probably get x-rayed which generally isn't good for film.

how about those tiny polaroid cameras?  and some film.  that could be something fun and small for him.

does he smoke?  cigs are always appreciated among us addicted folks.

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« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2005 01:53:00 PM »

My mom has a friend over there right now, and our dear friend just got shipped out on Monday.  Some items that have been requested:
-Cheetos (apparently the ones they can get over there are pretty crummy)
-Chocolate (although I'd double-bag it in case it melted in transit.  Hershey's Kisses have held up pretty well)
-Bug wipes (Avon carries some, i imagine you could also get them at a camping/sporting goods place)
-Favorite brand of coffee - coffee makers are obtainable.
-Disposable cameras
-Phone cards
-Magazines
***Above all, reminders that he is appreciated and missed.  My mom's friend is very touched just to get an email from his coworkers, even though he had never been that close to them, they still keep in touch.  Letters, pictures, anything that says "Thank you, you're appreciated, we miss you."

From what I understand people do a lot of trading over there so if you send something and your friend doesn't like/need/want it, at least he can swap it for something he needs.

Found this site: http://anysoldier.com/index.cfm provides a service to send packages addressed to "Any Soldier" to support our troops; they also have some helpful general information on what to pack/what not to pack and how to send it.

Hope this helps!
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« Reply #6 on: April 03, 2005 11:32:47 PM »

My friend is in the Navy so it's a little different but  i send alot of food because he said food is only so so and the longer they are away from port the worse it gets..so i would think being out in iraq the food is only decent....so anything that is easy to eat and doesn't spoil i've done a stick of salami once he loved it....I always like to throw in some ziploc bags so if he doesn't eat everything he has a way to keep it.
But i do know anything is appreciated currently we have a little game going i'm know for being well i little different and he said he loves getting packages from me because he never knows what to expect, i've sent anything from playing cards to slinky's and silly putty we have a joke about cows and i sent a itty bitty cow puppet, a rubber duck was sent once....another time among all this food a pink bouncy ball rolled out, he said my packages always get him a few looks...but alot of laughs...I can't wait for him to get his b-day gift i sent him a little water gun, a ton of snacks, a really great pair of boxers, and some magazines. You can't send dirty magazines but at least where he is maxum type magazines are allowed to be sent...so that is his surprise because no one expects little innocent ash to send that, how many girls send a guy border line porn the last letter i sent him had a clipping of lindsey lohan in it cause i knew he thinks she's hot and he said it fell on the floor and his friends snatched it before he could get to it and they were all making a big deal over a simple picture of a fully clothed girl i can't imagine what they will do when they see the magazines i sent. i can't wait for his response...another thing i like to do is write a letter on a balloon just blow it up (don't tie it) write a letter and let out the air so if he wants to read it he has to blow up a balloon...I just always try and send something that will make him smile not everything i send is overly useful I know some of it has to be thrown away because he doesn't have space to store stupid do dad's but it makes him smile so thats all that matters
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