CARBON -- The Carbon Postmaster is reminding families and friends sending holiday packages and letters to servicemen and women overseas that the first mailing deadline is just a few weeks away.
Monday, Nov. 13, 2007, is the deadline for sending holiday packages to troops stationed overseas using Parcel Post to all Air/Army Post Office (APO) or Fleet Post Office (FPO) zip codes.
"The U.S. Postal Service is encouraging early deadlines," said Carbon Postmaster Gloria Kruzan, "to make sure packages reach their destination in time for the holidays."
One way Carbon and neighboring residents can confirm delivery is by using Delivery Confirmation, available for almost all military destinations outside the United States. Delivery Confirmation provides customers with the date, zip codes and time the package was delivered.
This information can be accessed online at www.usps.com.
"Mail is one of the greatest moral boosters we can give our troops during the holidays," Kruzan said. "When they see packages or letters for them, it brings them that much closer to family and the comforts of home."
The U.S. Postal Service has also introduced a Military Care Kit, or "Mili-kit" to make it easier for military families and friends to send care packages to their loved ones stationed overseas. Since the inception of the Military Care Kit, the postal service has shipped more than 150,000 kits.
Each kit contains three flat rate boxes, two cube boxes, nine address labels, and 16 customs forms.
The kit may be ordered by calling the USPS Expedited Package Supply Center at 1-800-610-8734, and there is no charge for the kit.
The Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes included in the kit may be shipped to any APO/FPO in the world, regardless of weight, for $8.95.
All packages and mail must be addressed to individual service members, as required by the U.S. Dept. of Defense regulations.