|“Mail a Hug” Care Package|
My younger sister Brittny joined the Army National Guard and completed her 9 weeks of basic training on the other side of the country last summer. She had very limited use of her phone so we mostly kept in touch through letters, and I missed her so much! I wanted to send her an awesome care package loaded up with home-baked goodies and as many luxuries as she could stand while she was away from home, but I didn’t want to break any Army rules so I waited for her letter telling me what to send.
Lip balm, underwear, and socks.
That was her wish list.
How boring is that?!
Hard as I tried there was just no way to make Hanes Her Way with a side of Chapstick seem luxurious, but I decided at the very least I could dress up the packaging! I borrowed from an idea I used for our Aunt Mimi’s cancer care package and decided to mail her a hug from her favorite niece, Kate!
First, I gift-wrapped the inside of a mailing box, and once again Kate and I made hand prints using finger paints – this time in Aunt Brittny’s favorite color: green!
I accordion folded pink construction paper, glued between Kate’s handprints with a message saying, “Sending a hug your way to let you know we think about you every day. We love you Aunt Brittny!”
|Mailing a hug in a care package to my sister, Brittny!|
Lastly, I added some pictures of her and Kate for a slightly more personal touch, and soon Aunt Brittny’s Army care package was on its way! It was a huge hit with my sister and a great way to bring some extra color and cheer to those drab Army barracks.
Who could use a colorful, cheerful hug in the mail in your life? Why not surprise them this week!