Mr. Sasha, my son-in-law, is stationed at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Miss Sasha points out Vandenberg’s got a care package project going.* I hope you’ll be inspired to either help out or call up a base near you and find a project you can get involved in.
The following items are of great use to the deployers:
Black/brown t-shirts and black socks
crystal light packets
individual size beef jerky
individually wrapped hard candy
blank greeting cards/letter writing materials
assorted snack items
You can send some items, all these items, a case of any one kind of item. They will be grateful for what you send, regardless. Also: they especially want hand sanitizer and baby wipes.
Not on the list: I have heard that eye drops are also prized. Books are also great.
My contact with the program, who shall remain charmingly anonymous and not a person I made myself, says also:
We also have a program for our families called Operation Sweet Dreams. In this program the family member sends us a digital photo, we transfer to a pillowcase and the family gives to the deployed member to take with them or is sent to the deployed location. With that we would need plain white pillow cases.
Donations can be dropped off or mailed to:
Airman & Family Readiness Center
706 Washington Ave
Vandenberg AFB, CA 93437
*The short version: I’m 100% opposed to the war and have been since 9/12; even so, our military comes down to individual persons who in my opinion should never get the idea that individual civilians don’t give a shit what happens. This is not a contradiction. It is the simple notion that every person – every single person – matters just as much as I do in the world. And they might need socks.