“If you want it to get there before Christmas you have to start sending at least 4 weeks prior to Christmas,” said Thomas Russell of Step up for Soldiers. “I would send 5 weeks prior to Christmas.” If you want your soldier to have something to open on Christmas, without breaking your budget on shipping, Friday is the deadline. The November 13th deadline applies to parcel post mail, the least expensive but slowest option. If you are sending priority mail you have until December 4th for all Army post office zip codes. For all the procrastinators, you can still send it express mail by the 18th to have it waiting under the tree to most APO's. If you are having a tough time deciding what to send; ask. “I've got one request so far and it's coffee, coffee, coffee. So if we can send them coffee were going to send them coffee,” said Russell. There are a few things that can't make the trip. No alcohol, batteries, or flammable materials. Also, perishable foods just won't last. Otherwise, there's no weight limit for flat rate boxes and shipping is just $11.95 after a $2.00 discount for military addresses. Russell added, “Pack it full. If you buy items you want to put in there buy a bag of hard candy and spread the hard candy so the package is full. That way the package will not collapse in shipping.” If you would like to send packages from home to support our troops you can stop by WWAY. We have partnered with Step up for Soldiers to provide care packages to Marines on active duty in Afghanistan. Drop off personal item's like toothbrushes, toilet paper, and baby wipes at our station located at 615 North Front Street.
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