Inside: Find out how and where to get free products for military care packages!
I hate saying “no” to my husband. And yet, I do it all the time. Whether I am telling him he has to wait to buy the $30 book he wants or kindly pointing out that a $300 TV isn’t in the budget right now. However, when your husband is away, you want to spoil him. You want to give him everything he needs and you want to make him feel special.
Care packages can be a fairly big expense while your loved one is away. Between the cost of the materials to decorate and make it pretty, all the stuff you buy to fill it up and the cost of shipping; it adds up quick. Especially when you are sending multiple care packages a month.
Military families that are looking for ways to save money sometimes need to get creative when it comes to finding extras to cut out. The good news is that a lot of companies love to support our troops and provide donated products.
How to get FREE products
It’s actually as simple as sending an email. Does you spouse love a particular product? Reach out to them and ask if they are willing to donate samples to your deployed loved one. Chik-Fil-A has been known to donate TONS of sauce that will keep your hubby and all of his friends very happy!
Same with necessities! Dollar Shave Club has actually formed a relationship with the USO so that they can continue to provide razors and other supplies to deployed troops. (Of course, this means they can’t meet every individual donation request but they can send your request to the USO and hopefully get that need filled!)
I have also been asked how to obtain the email of a specific company in order to ask for a donation. It’s actually really easy. Almost all sites have a “contact” page located somewhere (usually it’s at the very bottom of the homepage). Some pages might even have a donation request page. Once you locate the contact page, just write them a quick note (remembering OPSEC, of course) and explain that your significant other is deployed and you are wondering if they are able to provide donations or samples of their product- it helps to mention how much you LOVE the product and how much it will help!
*Note: It’s okay to provide your own address for this (In other words, don’t feel like you have to provide your spouse’s address to the company in order to receive the product). You are sending these products in a care package anyway.
It’s important to remember that these companies field a lot of requests and even if they really want to donate, sometimes they aren’t always able to. Other companies have a set amount that they donate each month, so if you aren’t chosen one month; it doesn’t hurt to try again later!
However, even if a company is unable to provide a donation, they still may be able to provide a coupon or some other way to help with the expense of the product.
Companies that have provided donations
Here is a list of companies or programs that have been known to provide donations of products for care packages:
- Astronaut Food Company
- Boca Java Gourmet Coffee
- Books for Soldiers
- Bose (headphones)
- Buffalo Wild Wings (sauce)
- Cards Against Humanity
- Chik-Fil-A (sauce)
- Disgruntle Decks
- Dollar Shave Club
- Dude Wipes
- Dunkin Donuts
- Jack Links (Beef Jerky)
- Jolly Rancher
- Kodiak Cakes
- Oberto Jerky
- Paul Mitchell (hair products)
- Snyders pretzels
This list is certainly not comprehensive. There are a TON of companies that are willing to send you products or samples for care packages to troops. You simply need to reach out to them and ask! (What’s the worse they can say? No?)
Have you gotten products from a company that’s not on this list? Share it in the comments below!!