Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Valentine's Treats for the Soldiers!

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Since all of the Valentine's day candy is already in the stores I decided to get a jump on things and put together my gifts for soldiers in Afghanistan. We have adopted one soldier but he told us there are a number of his friends who don't get any gifts or parcels sent to them. Apparently some didn't even get any Christmas mail so I am glad I sent several boxes of chocolates, candy, cookies and other treats to the soldier we support.

I decided to send little buckets of candy and picked up enough supplies to make a dozen gifts. I will send them to our soldier so he can make sure anyone he works with who doesn't get mail will have one waiting for them on Valentine's day.


I found these little buckets in the dollar store!


I filled them with chocolates, candy and little decorated cookies that I found all individually wrapped!


All filled and getting wrapped up!


All wrapped and ready to be shipped to Afghanistan!



If you would like to adopt a soldier please use the following links:

Canadian Soldiers - Chosen Soldier Project

American Soldiers - Any Soldier


Have a fabulous day!

19 comments:

Sonja said...

You know I feel about this and my troops. I thank you so much for reaching out to them and putting this together. It breaks my heart knowing some don't recieve anything!

I'm going to be doing my share for my Marines! :) XO

PinkPolkadotAA said...

So nice of you to do that. My son and I put together a winter care package for some soldiers we found on Any Soldier. It was such a good learning experience for my son and it helped out the soldiers. It was fun too.

American in Norway said...

What a wonderful idea! Adorable buckets!

SogniSorrisi said...

This is a great idea, how sweet of you. I think I will check this out.

Blair @ Reasonably Swanky said...

Very cute!

OceanDreams said...

Looks how cute and wonderful you are to cheer up these soldier's lives. They are going to love it!

Misplaced Country Girl said...

It made me so sad to hear about his friends not getting anything from home, that I went right over and adopted myself a soldier. Thank you for bringing my attention to this. I'm excited to put a package together!

Peterson Family said...

What a great idea. When my sister was in Iraq I used to send a box out every week filled with goodies for her and all her friends. My cousin was there and is headed back this week actually! I know that they all love mail and fun stuff! I think I am going to have to visit that site and adopt a soldier!

Snooty Primadona said...

But they do get free dental services, right? LOL!

Anyway, since hubby won't let me adopt a child, I guess I'll go that website & adopt a soldier. I can't screw him up. Well, at least I don't think so anyway...

Piper Jacquelyn said...

That's the sweetest (no pun intended, ha) idea! I will have to check out the website - I love sending gifts to friends, so I think I can handle adding in a soldier as well. Who doesn't like candy!?

Connie K said...

These are great! I always make stuff like this for my kids and there classrooms but what a great idea to give them to the soldiers :) Valentine's Day is so much fun !

Gwen said...

What a fabulous idea!!! I'm over to check out the website now!!! And my local dollar store for these little buckets for Ellie's friends. :) XOXO

Life is good! said...

what a darling idea. every soldier needs a sweet treat for valentines day! thanks for the idea!

Pacokeco said...

They are going to feel the love with those sweet treats!
We just sponsored a child at Christmas and the kids already have a mountain of letters and drawings to send to him. Bet they'd love to send letters and treats to our soldiers.
Thanks for the link!

Fifi Flowers said...

That is a GREAT idea! LOVE these Valentines items!
BTW... notecards are on their way to you!

thepreppyprincess said...

You are so cool to do this, and to post the info on how we can join the effort! You made great goody baskets!

And congrats on the iPod Touch, that is excellent! May you enjoy a fab Friday,
tp

knitwit said...

That's such a thoughtful thing to do! My husband is in Afghanistan right now, and I'm trying to get a package out to him every week because it is literally the one bright point in his week, so it makes me sad to think there are guys there not even getting Christmas mail! FYI, if you're ever stuck for ideas on what to send, my husband tells me Kraft Easy Mac is like money over there--ha ha!

Kristen @ Miss Prissy Paige said...

what a wonderful way to give back, I think I'll sign up to adopt a solider too!

ProjectHope7 said...

I cant beleive all the precious people and their comments here.. After the note I wrote on the cookie blog about my friend in Iraq and his requesting mail and care packages for his platoon, my heart broke to see how you all respond to Suburban princess valentine package soldier sending. If anyone has the ability to sponsor some more soldiers, my friend there needs letters and packages to share with his comrades also. I have the list of names and he passes out to those without any care packages or letters from home. He wrote me a few days ago and the situation is still the same. Our troops need our encouragement. Also, "Knitwit" if your husband needs more letters of encouragement, email me and I will add him for the letter ministry if you like. I have 2 friends in Afghanistan also.. but sadly only their wives can talk with them due to the high security projects they are with.
My only comment is please remember when you send the valentines candy, that chocolate has the tendency of melting in the desert there. They say that M&Ms do pretty well, but the best thing is cookies, nuts, trail mix, hard candies, swedish fish, gummy bears,twizzlers, licorice sticks, power bars, energy bars, and the like. and of course, lollipops. even if they dont eat them themselves, sometimes they give them to the kids in the streets when on patrol I am told.
cathy b