What to send your missionary in a package

E-mail has rendered snail mail less important to missionaries, but the missionary care package will never lose its place in the hearts of the servants of the Lord.

Care packages always send the same message: You are loved.

What kinds of food do you send to your missionary? And what are some things to think about before packaging up that 80-pound Christmas package to your missionary in Zimbabwe?

In a series of informal straw polls, the most popular items were those that cannot be obtained easily — or cheaply — in a foreign mission. These included root beer (or root beer concentrate), peanut butter, dry drink mix of any kind, seasoning packets and beef jerky. A favorite candy or snack food was also suggested, as were gift cards to chain restaurants. Another suggestion was to send Popsicle molds with Kool-Aid or Jell-O, especially for missions with hot climates.

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