While They're Away

Deployment Packages Sports and movie night care packages 

If your loved one isn’t coming home over the holidays or deployed at a different time of the year and you want to send them something special to let them know you are thinking about them, there are a variety of different themes to choose from! 

Part two of this series will give you care package ideas that can be sent all year round, if your loved one is a sports fan or movie buff, there are endless possibilities.

STEP 1: Pick a Theme. We are going to explore “Movie Night in a Box” and “Sports.” 

STEP 2: Decorate interior of the box (sides, inside flaps, and bottom). Here is some inspiration!

STEP 3: Purchase and collect items that match your chosen theme. Below you will find our ideas. 

Wife/Mom/Sister/Daughter/Aunt away? Try a “Chick Flick” Deployment Box! pinterest.ca

Movie Night in a Box                               

  • Portable DVD Player 
  • DVDs / Blu-rays    
  •  USB with movies
  • Bags of popcorn                        
  • Microwave popcorn
  • Popcorn flavour packets
  • Chips
  • Chocolate
  • Candy






Deployment Hockey Box https://i.pinimg.com/originals/09/6a/74/096a74fe79a1b5a0087afa6c41db1d17.jpg

Sports Deployment Box

  • Favourite Jersey
  • Collector Cards
  • Deck of playing cards
  • Basketball
  • Softball and mitt
  • Mini Stick stick and ball
  • Handheld Game
  • Sport-related movie
  • Sport-related Bo







STEP 4: Include personalized items like handwritten letters, photos, etc. 

STEP 5:  Tape box securely closed, tape on the address, make sure it is clearly marked on the package. Write and attach a list of the contents to the parcel.

STEP 6: Take the parcel to your nearest Military Family Resource Center (MFRC) or to Canada Post for free shipping (during the holiday season)!

For more information about mailing care packages visit the National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces website here

Click here to read about our Holiday care package. 


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Paige LeClair

As a recent graduate from the St. Thomas University Journalism program, Paige has a passion for storytelling and investigative journalism. In 2016, she, along with her journalism team were awarded first place at the Emerge Media Awards in the multimedia category. The team was also a finalist at the Canadian Association of Journalist Awards. She is excited to work with other military spouses providing stories and information to the military community. Paige is newly married to Andrew, a Lineman, and moved to their first posting in Petawawa in May of this year. She is excited to begin this journey with Andrew, their dog Diablo, and cat, Linux

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