Being away from family while at school can be one of those occasional bumps on the road to adulthood. Birthday and holidays provide an opportunity to chase away or lessen a student's loneliness. Send a complete party in a box and tell the student to invite his friends. Remind students of home with bundles of bagels and other hometown edible favourites. Laundry soap and quarters ensure cleanliness while dried fruits and nuts keep them healthy.
Invite the birthday student and her friends to a silly party. Place a gift card from a national pizza or sandwich chain in an envelope. Bake a cake. When the cake has cooled, do not frost it. Instead wrap it in cling film or waxed paper and then in aluminium foil. Place it between two sheets of cardboard to protect it from getting crushed and from moving around. Other items to include in the care package are paper hats, plates, plastic utensils and other party materials as well as a can of frosting. Include packets of drink mixes, such as lemonade. Do not forget the candles, but leave the matches at home.
Pack a box with healthy snacks, such as dried fruits, packets of sunflower or dry roasted pumpkins seeds. Packets of dehydrated low-sodium soups and green tea mix are easy to pack as they lay flat. Dehydrated vegetables packages containing carrots, red and green peppers and sweet potatoes make a healthy contrast to regular crisps. Small bottles of vitamins make sure every meal is enriched with nutrients.
Home Sweet Home
Everyone has memories of home. Stick them in a box and remind the student of her loved ones. Bagels from New York, chocolates from San Francisco or beef jerky from Great Falls, Montana, can be packed. However, avoid shipping chocolate in hot weather.
Help the student stay clean by packing small containers of soap powder and stain removal pens along with a box of dyer sheets. A roll or two of quarters completes the care package.
Pez dispensers with witch and pumpkin heads, packages of spider webbing and a compact disc of spooky sounds herald the arrival of Halloween. Maple leaves and chocolate turkeys are perfect for a Thanksgiving care package. For Presidents Day, a few freshly pressed single and five dollar bills, a premade piecrust and a can of cherry filling along with a package of Lincoln logs for campus construction celebrates the birthdays of Washington and Lincoln.
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