Online orders replacing college care packages from home, with thanks by text, photo or Vine

  • Article by: BETH J. HARPAZ , Associated Press
  • Updated: September 19, 2013 - 4:02 PM

NEW YORK — In the decade Sarah Tetley has worked with college students, she's seen a change in care packages sent from home.

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mnmaidSep. 19, 13 8:51 PM

I send these to my son in Mankato all the time. I do use the online companies to send them on a schedule, like move-in, finals week, Halloween and Valentine's Day. I'll also make up my on throughout the year. His favorite was the one I called "I'm sick and my mom isn't here to take care of me care package." I had cold medicine, sore throat lozenges, little packs of tissues, zinc lozenges, chicken broth, and Tylenol and Advil. He says he used it, too. The rest of the year I'll make up my own (he really likes those), and I'll put in things like mac & cheese cups, little boxes of raisins, packs of nuts and those cheese & peanut butter crackers, plus fresh fruit. Except for the fruit, I fill the bag with non-perishables. Those I bring to him when we go down to the campus to visit, though, because they're too heavy to mail. They help him get through between paychecks when he can go grocery shopping, and since he doesn't come home for the summers, it helps with homesickness, too.

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thriftdSep. 20, 13 8:06 AM

I made and sent care packages to our daughters and a niece. If they had access to a kitchen, I sent brownie, cookie or cake mixes with frostings, decorations and cupcake holders. I included $5-10 to buy eggs and oil. I also sent paper plates and napkins. One year I sent M&Ms that matched their school colors. Holiday boxes included decorations and treats. It was fun for me and the girls loved them. I have adopted a good friend's freshman daughter and I am collecting things to send her before Halloween.

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wiseguy1Sep. 20, 13 9:01 AM

People who send care packages to their kids and friends are special! Good for you!

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davehougSep. 20, 1311:38 AM

I sent boxes to a nephew in Afghanistan. Postal Service has special boxes & rates. Just snack food to share and some silly stuff. Think of being able to toss a bag of nuts / licorice to a friend stopping by. The small squirt stuff bottles to flavor water was popular. Sure treats are available, but having them delivered to you via mail call YEAAAAA

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bluebird227Sep. 21, 13 8:44 AM

It's so rare to get anything good in the mail these days that I get excited with the Cub coupon book that has the "save $5 now and $5 later." I can imagine how fun it would be for college kids to get these packages.

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