Helping out other people is something we humans know how to do well. Y’all see a need and want to help. A care package can have various recipients, like the homeless, people displaced from their homes, and even those serving overseas. The following provides good ideas for how to create the perfect care package for those in need.
Baked Goods and Snacks
I know everyone loves finding food in their care package. Non-perishable food items are best when y’all are packing up a care package. Some ideas include:
- Trail mix
- Beef jerky
- Hard candy
- Sunflower seeds
- Drink packets
- Tea bags
- Ramen noodles
- Instant oatmeal
I recommend foods high in protein to add to the care packages. Y’all can bake up protein ball bites or find protein bars to toss in as well. If you’re baking the goodies yourself, take time to wrap everything up and seal it tightly.
Seasonal clothing is fantastic to add to care packages. Gloves, hats, and scarves are all perfect. Try to stick with gender-neutral colors unless you know who will receive the box. Additionally, it never hurts to throw in other articles of clothing.
No matter who receives the care package, basic toiletries like hand soap and lotion set are great items to donate. I know the price of toiletries can quickly add up, but they’re also most important. Add in things like:
- Cotton swabs
- Soap (bars or body wash)
- Comb or brush
First aid toiletries are great for y’all to add in, too. I like to throw in items like:
- Pain medicine
- Antibiotic ointment
- Cold or allergy medication
If you aren’t sure what the person or family will enjoy, throwing in a gift card for a general store is perfect. Think of places like Target or Walmart: they can pick up little things they need there.
I like to pick up a battery pack to charge their phone or extra charging cords. These are usually inexpensive and come in handy when you’re displaced from your home and need to charge your phone.
Puzzles, coloring books, crayons, markers, pens, pencils, and notebooks are great ideas because they provide entertainment for kids and adults alike. If the pencils aren’t mechanical, add a sharpener as well. I prefer to avoid things that will need charging.
If you have to mail your care package, stay mindful of how much it weighs. Also, make sure y’all pack the heavier items on the bottom. With these tips, y’all can create the perfect care package for those in need.
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