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Deployed Soldier Care Packages Ideas
We have received numerous inquiries about sending items to our overseas deployed Iowa National Guard soldiers. The items below have been identified by our soldiers as items that they would like to receive. Normal toiletry items are available to most of the soldiers through supply channels and the post exchanges. The units' overseas addresses are listed lower on this page. We will remove unit addresses from this list approximately 30 days prior to the unit's redeployment to the United States. Please understand that the Iowa National Guard does not have the resources to provide mailing and shipping of items to the soldiers. The soldiers will greatly appreciate your support. Thank you!!! 
  • Chips Ahoy cookies, individual packages.
    (Big bags often fill with dust if not eaten right away.)
  • Other kinds of cookies!!
  • Pasta and sauce
  • Spices
  • Smoked oysters and sardines
  • Squeeze butter
  • Pringles chips
  • Individually-wrapped licorice
  • Microwave popcorn
  • Ramen noodles
  • Macaroni & cheese
  • Olives, pickles, peppers
    (lots of bubble wrap around these items)
  • Cereal bars
  • Microwave pasta that doesn't need refrigeration
  • Hot cocoa mix
  • Soup mix
  • M&M's
  • DVD's
  • Koozies to keep water bottles and cans cool.
  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • AA batteries
  • D batteries
  • Air freshener, stick-ups, Febreze
  • Holiday decorations
  • Holiday cards
  • Address book with names & addresses
  • Canned air to blow dust out of electronics
  • Stress relief squeeze balls
  • Sewing kit
  • Lysol wipes / wet wipes
  • Poker chips
  • Board games
  • Shoe laces for gym shoes and boots
  • Brown t-shirts
  • Boot socks
  • Underwear
  • Hand warmers
  • Inflatable seat cushions
  • Razors
  • Ink pens
  • Word Puzzle books
  • Icy/hot patches
  • Air activated heat wraps for sore muscles
  • Foot spa
  • Microwaveable plates and bowls, paper plates
  • Foot powder
  • Vitamins
  • Paperback books