How to help: Deadline for sending military holiday packages looms

Posted at 9:11 AM, Dec 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-08 12:11:17-05

(KGTV) — The holidays can be particularly difficult for service members overseas who are missing out on spending time with their family and friends during season.

That's why every year, thousands of residents across the country try to spread some cheer with care packages to troops as a way to connect, build morale, and share in the joy that comes with the holidays.

Even if it's a card, holiday gestures help spread the warmth of the season.


The U.S. Postal Service says cards and packages should be sent to APO/FPO/DPO addresses overseas. Those should be sent no later Dec. 11 (for cards, letters and priority mail packages) and Dec. 18 (for priority mail express military service, available to most destinations.)

USPS has also created military care kits, including several free postal items, to help send packages overseas. Shipping guidelines can be found here.

How to help

For those unsure of how to help, there are a few options.

One method is through the USO. The organization sends a variety of holiday care packages that can support up to 50 troops a piece depending on the option chosen. A link to their offerings, including phone calls home, comfort food packages, and more can be found here.

Through Dec. 31, Johnson & Johnson will also match donations to the USO up to a total of $200,000.

Other organizations facilitating care packages for troops include Operation Support Our Troops and Soldiers' Angels. has a fully vetted list of organziations here.

If you are sending your own package, it's recommended to stick to items that will last in the mail: Toiletries for men and women, non-perishable foods and snack (though be care with items that could get messy during the journey.) Do not send alcohol or drugs.