How do I enter in the shipping information?
FPO or APO should be in the "city" field, while the "state" is AE/AP or something similar. The numbers at the end of the address should be in the zip code area. A sample address would be:
John Doe (name)
82nd Marines (Address line #1)
Unit 839 (Address line #2)
FPO (City) AP (State) 12345 (zip)
If you have more lines than that, they can just follow in the address line. We check every address before mailing the package to ensure it conforms with shipping requirements, and if you order it wrong we fix it so it gets where it needs to go. If you omit something important, we will reach out to make sure we get the right info!
My tracking information says my care package hasn't been delivered... Should I be worried?
Don't worry! USPS tracking doesn't extend outside of the military mail system, so while there is a "tracking number," it works differently than most tracking numbers we are used to-- it will never show "delivered" unless your care package is addressed somewhere in continental the United States. The package will eternally say "in transit" to destination.
That's because we are really dealing with two mailing companies: USPS and Military Mail (APO/FPO). So when USPS hands it off to the military, they stop tracking it, and the military delivers it to the service member. It can be frustrating, but the location of units is usually classified, so the military wants to avoid a system where they disclose when or where people get packages-- it would tell too much about where each unit is, and give away too much information about troop movements.
The most common location of exit is Chicago, so if your tracking information ends there, that usually means it was safely handed off to the military. The city can change depending on the unit, and is routed to a number of different cities.
The best way to find out if your service member got the package is to reach out to them directly! Remember, it can take up to 45 days to get a care package to a service member, because sometimes deployment schedules require packages to sit and wait for a unit to arrive from a mission. We include a self-addressed stamped postcard in each care package for the service member to write back, so hopefully they take advantage and let you know themselves!
Can I donate a care package?
Yes! Help us meet our mission of getting care packages to service members around the globe. Simply order a donation box here, and we will send it to a service member in the branch of your choosing. If you'd like to include your address, we will put that on pre-paid and pre-addressed postcard so the service member can write you back their thanks.
Can I write a note to my service member?
Of course! And we don't have any of those pesky 160-character limits! If you want to write a whole letter, go for it! It's your way of letting the veteran know you're thinking about them. We will include the letter in the box that we mail to the veteran.
Are you veteran-owned?
Hero Care Packages is 100% veteran owned and veteran operated. That means that we have the expertise you need to make sure that you're getting the best quality product to the service member.
How do you get such a great deal on boxes?
It's not easy. We buy low, we negotiate, and we partner with as many companies as we can to get rock bottom prices. Our rotating box stock allows us to maintain a high care package quality while still giving you a low price-- and saving you the hassle of sending out those packages on your own.
How long will it take to get to my service member?
We ship everything priority mail. We ensure it's put on a plane to your service member, while many conventional delivery options still travel by boat (and sometimes take months to arrive). Even so, delivery times are inherently unpredictable due to service schedules and logistical support. We tell people to expect 2 - 3 weeks, but many are often pleasantly surprised when it gets there earlier. We do everything we can on our end to ship it as quickly as possible after receiving the order.