Sunday, November 16, 2008

Two Proud Mothers...

The soldier pictured in the story below is the son of our very own Laura Bentley-Davis and Kay Davis. Care packages are a wonderful way to brighten these soldier's holidays away from home. If you can send any of the supplies listed in the article below or even a Christmas card it will show how much we appreciate and care.

"SPC E4 Joshua J. Bentley
HH C1-21 IN BN
Camp Liberty, Iraq

APO AE 09344

Serving as a gunner on a mine roller in Iraq.

Attended Austintown Fitch High School.

Resident of Columbiana. Son of Karen and Laura Bently-Davis, also of Columbiana."

"Operation: Holiday Cheer — Now the fun begins

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Family and friends responded to our promotion of Operation: Holiday Cheer by providing their soldiers’ addresses.

Now, the fun begins for the readers. Spread your holiday cheer with cards, letters or gifts to these servicemen and -women. Parents and teachers, you can help your children and students experience the spirit of giving. Club members, it’s a perfect project for the holidays. While you’re at it, send us pictures of your project, and we’ll post them online.

For kids and grownups alike, it’s an opportunity to convey the best gift of all — your support and thanks for the sacrificing they’re making on our behalf. To view the information for each soldier, mouse over the photos or gift box icon above.


The U.S. Postal Service offers the free Priority Mail APO/FPO Flat Rate Box for sending packages to military personnel serving overseas. Features include:

• Measures 12-by-12-by-51⁄2 inches.

• Features the “America Supports You” logo and APO/FPO addressing block.

• Postage is only $10.95 when used to send to APO/FPO addresses.

USPS also offers free package pickup from your home or office at a time and place convenient for you. To schedule pickup or for other pickup options, visit


There are certain things to keep in mind when sending packages overseas:

• Temperatures in the desert often exceed 100 degrees.

• The box should be strong. Cushion contents with plastic foam or bubble wrap to keep items from shifting. Fragile items should be double boxed, with cushioning inside and between the boxes to absorb shock.

• Battery-powered items can get turned on during shipping. Remove batteries and wrap them separately.

• To seal the box, tape the opening and reinforce all seams with 2-inch-wide tape, using clear or brown packaging tape, reinforced packing tape or paper tape. Do not use cord, string or twine.


Print on one side only with the recipient’s address in the lower right portion.

Be sure to include a return address.

Cover the address with clear tape to protect against moisture.


To ensure delivery of your cards, letters and packages by Dec. 25 to military APO/FPO addresses overseas, the USPS recommends the following deadlines for mailing:

APO/FPO AE Zip Codes 090-092, 094-098, 340, 962-966:

• Express Mail by Dec. 18.

• First-Class Mail (cards and letters) and Priority Mail by Dec. 11.

• Parcel Airlift Mail (PAL) by Dec. 4.

• Space Available Mail (SAM) by Nov. 28.

APO/FPO AE Zip 093:

• Express Mail not available.

• First-Class Mail (cards and letters) and Priority Mail by Dec. 4.

• Parcel Airlift Mail (PAL) by Dec. 1.

• Space Available Mail (SAM) by Nov. 21.


Every country has customs regulations regarding incoming mail. Before sending a letter or package to one of our troops overseas, visit, contact your local post office or phone the Military Postal Service Agency at (800) 810-6098.

APO/FPO addresses generally require customs forms.


The two items most requested by soldiers, especially those in Iraq, are baby wipes and phone cards (international cards are the best value). Other items that are favorites of our troops:


(No pork or pork products;

nothing that can melt)

Cookies and hard candy.

Fruit-and-cereal bars.

Dried fruits.

Trail mixes.


Beef jerky and Slim Jims.

Chewing gum.

Coffee and powdered creamer.

Drink mixes.


(No aerosol containers)

Toothpaste and brushes.

Shaving gel and razor.


Hand sanitizer and hand soap.


Aspirin or Tylenol.

Eyewash drops.


Lip balm with sunscreen.

Hand and body lotions; face moisturizers.

Baby powder and foot powder.


CDs and DVDs.

Video games.

Games and cards.

Magazines and books.


Flip flops.

Paper, pens and stamps.

Gym shorts, socks and T-shirts."


1 comments: Phone Cards November 17, 2008 at 2:17 PM  

Hi Laura & Kay. I wanted to let you and your readers know about Operation Phone Card, a website which allows soldiers to send 20% and 10% Off military phone card discounts to themselves, friends and family. Non-military visitors to the website can access the phone card gift tool, which will allow them to donate a phone card (including AT&T cards) to anybody via email. That is to say that the phone card PIN and dialing instructions will be sent to the recipient via email.

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