Support a New Army Spouse with a Thoughtful Care Package

Supporting an active duty spouse is a hard job: the financial strain, family obligations, and stress of knowing that a loved one could face danger at any moment… In a very real way, keeping things together at the homestead is how army spouses serve their countries.

Your neighborhood is likely home to several spouses who have the responsibility of “holding down the fort” while the other is on active duty. It is not uncommon for communities to get together and distribute care packages to military families for just this reason – sometimes just knowing that the community is there and cares can make a difference.

Top 3 Care Package Ideas for Army Families

A care package is just one small way to say thank you to a military spouse in your community. This quick guide will provide a few gift package ideas that your family can put together over the course of a weekend, ideal gifts for brand new military spouses but appreciated by longtime supporters as well.

1. Household Rescue Kit

We love gifts that focus on utility, things that army spouses can use to make the household run more smoothly. Cleaning and laundry supplies are expensive but always needed, and food packages (universal in their appeal) are fun to assemble. Many of the newer military spouses are first-time homebuyers and might need necessities like household tools or lawn care equipment. Include gift cards when appropriate.

2. Military Pride Package

It’s true – military families have a lot to be proud of. Personalized pride gear is a great way to help military spouses and their families raise awareness and show support. Check out this link for customized shirts, hats, dog tags, and everything in between. Spouse shirts are very common, but “army brat” and military son/daughter/mother/father gear is easy to order through all the popular customization outlets.

3. Your Time and Effort

Military spouses, especially those with children or family to care for, may appreciate your time and effort more than anything else. Take some time to ask what needs to be done. Childcare, car repair, and household maintenance are areas that a military spouse might appreciate help with. If you have a teenage son or daughter that mows your lawn or shovels your walk, ask them to donate their time.

Whether you are reaching out to a neighbor, a friend, a relative, or a co-worker, reaching out to a military family is a great way to make a difference. Knowing that a strong community is there to serve as a support network and source of friendship can relieve some of the pressure felt by active duty military members in their quest to support their families from afar.

Care packages for active duty troops are a traditional way to say thanks but the sacrifices of military spouses and their families are worth honoring as well – especially when those families live in your very own neighborhood. A care package is just one small gesture, but small gestures can add up to create the atmosphere of community that every military family needs.

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