Christmas for a Soldier

Care Package Items:




  • Individual packets of hot chocolate or apple cider

  • Microwave popcorn

  • Holiday candy (great time of year to ship chocolate)

  • Trail mix, nuts, sunflower seeds, almonds

  • Slim Jims or Beef Jerky

  • Instant Ramen Noodle Soup




  • HotHands:  Hand and Toe Warmers (it gets really cold in Afghanistan and Iraq)

  • Gallon size Ziplock bags used for packing food items

  • A new pair of socks (white/black athletic)

  • Knit/Crochet Hats and Scarves (black, navy, dark brown or green)

  • Holiday themed items



  • Use a durable, heavy-duty box and pack with appropriate weight for that box; not to exceed 50 lbs. per box.

  • The ideal carton size is 24" x 24" x 20" or smaller.

  • For smaller packages, the Post Office has free flat-rate priority boxes.  A large box is 12" x 12" x 5 1/2" 

  • Please use the most economical method from your location based on weight and size of package.

  • To protect your item donations in the event of box damage during transit, we suggest you enclose the contents in Ziploc or other sealable plastic bags.


Monetary donations are appreciated to help purchase items not received and to help with shipping costs.  Checks are made payable to Hugs for Soldiers, DFUMC and mailed to Hugs for Soldiers, P.O. Box 2887, Duluth, GA  30096.


Drop-off Location and address to use for shipping through Fedex and UPS


Hugs for Soldiers

Duluth First United Methodist Church

3208 Duluth Hwy. 120

Duluth, GA  30096



Postal Service Mailing Address:


Hugs for Soldiers

P.O. Box 2887

Duluth, GA  30096




Care packages are a welcome treat for deployed service members, especially when they are away from home during the holidays and for some troops who are still serving in dangerous areas.  You can help send a care package to the troops deployed that have signed up with us for care packages.


Deadline for donations:  Saturday, November 23, 2019

Christmas Flyer


CHRISTMAS CARDS:  There are thousands of deployed troops who would love to receive a card from you with holiday wishes and letting them know we are thinking about them at this special time of year. 


Cards can be hand made or retail -  signed by you with a note of thanks. Children may use colorful construction paper as long as you stay within the paper size limit of 8 1/2" x 11". (Youth teachers/Leaders:  you are welcome to write or attach a label on each card with your class/program name, address, grade level or a contact name so that the Soldier who receives your card will have an opportunity to write you back). 


PLEASE ... NO GLITTER!  Glitter does not travel well over a two week period.  It will contaminate the entire care package.


Envelopes are not necessary, but if you do use them, please do not seal for security reasons.  All cards and letters will be screened.


Multiple cards and letters mailed from the same address should be mailed in one envelope or box to us.  Do not mail separately.  For more information, visit Cards and Letters.