Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Supporting the troops in my own family

My sister is currently deployed in Qatar with the Air Force. She is there without her husband and daughter for the next few months and I want to send her a care package. Now, I can certainly think of things to send, but I'm wondering if anyone else has experience with this and can tell me if there are things that would be difficult for her to get on the base and/or would be useful for her time there. I'm just trying to think of fun things to send! Thanks!

10 comments:

MommyProf said...

It depends on the deployment situation, but I think most Air Force people are in permanent base-type things (meaning they don't move around a lot and have supply lines that are stable). I have a friend in the same situation, and I am sending Girl Scout cookies.

Best to your family.

Seeking Solace said...

My brother always liked treats from home, special things that he liked.

Warden of Chaos said...

My brother liked books. They are hard to get over there, especially the newest stuff, so I would swing by a used bookstore and pick up a wide selection for him that he could read and pass around to his buddies.

jess said...

My brother-in-law was stationed with the air force in Qatar last year, and I remember that one thing he asked us to send was garbage bags!

Azulao said...

I sent my sister light, long-sleeved, button-to-the-neck shirts that she could wear off-base in a similar country. She was not required to "cover" like the local women, but needed to be completely sleeved and buttoned up. She wanted very lightweight things because it was HOT.

But really, anything you send will be fine because just caring to send it is the big deal.

Addy N. said...

Thanks for the suggestions, everyone! :)

Dr. O said...

Anything to remind her of home really. My brother spent a year in Afghanistan and Iraq both with the Army, and each had its own needs. An AF Base, especially in Qatar, is likely well-stocked, so the basics (candy, tobacco) probably aren't a big deal. My brother loved getting reading material though (books, but he also loved letters) and music (CDs, guitar music - he brought his guitar with him to both places).

Therapeutic Ramblings said...

It sounds like the book angle is covered. How about shoes? It sounds odd, but I'm not sure how much selection they have at the PX. How about girly stuff like lotions/manicure stuff?

S. said...

My husband always wanted really nice toilet paper and good coffee. Also, funny DVD's--- I sent a few seasons of Family Guy and it was a big hit.

Addy N. said...

Thanks, everyone! I am going to get her care package together this week and send it off!