By the way, I have a suggestion for anyone who's thinking of sending something but doesn't have a lot of money right now. Go to your pantry or bathroom cabinet and see what you have that's not been opened. You're going to find a lot of things that you can send in your very own home.
(It's a long story as to why, but suffice it to say that) Earlier this week, I ran out of my prescription for acid reflux. And, because of the timing, I can't reorder it until Feb 26 if I want insurance to pay for it - and, it's very expensive, so I do. After suffering for several days with horrible indigestion and reflux, a pharmacist said that I should go ahead and at least give Prilosec OTC a try until I can get my real stuff. The box I bought had two, sealed inner boxes of the med.
Last night, I was drying my hair. I looked at the box of Prilosec that I'm taking and thought, "Wait a minute. The other box isn't opened yet. I could include it in my package." I had this internal conversation with myself that went something like this:
Rational Me: Include it in the box!
Selfish Me: But, what if I need it!
RM: But, this one's unopened, and someone there might be really needing something for indigestion!
SM: But, if I need it, I'd have to go all the way back to the store
[that's maybe a mile from my home] to get some more!
SM (hanging her head): Got it. Including it in the box.
So, then I went to my pantry and found tons of soups and stuff that can go as well. If I find that I actually wanted that item after all, I can always get more from the store. Our soldiers don't have that luxury.
Also found some personal wipes that weren't opened in my bathroom.
Heck, I can go "shopping" in my own home and never have to spend a cent!
(One thing that I did remember just in time, though. I had a can of Campbells' Bean with Bacon soup packed up. Wasn't until I was in bed that I thought, "Bean with BACON?! I can't send that over there!"