One 10 pack of Hi-Chews (another fruit flavored candy)
One 30 count box of Funbites (a berry flavored all natural candy)
One box of Bicycle playing cards containing a dozen decks of cards
One 40 pack of Doublemint chewing gum (not 40 sticks of gum but 40 packs of gum with 5 sticks each)
One box of 100 Slim Jims (I am going to triple check to make sure these are not prohibited, if they are not allowed I will refund the money back to the donation account and I will get fatter eating them)
The above, with tax, went for $52.09.
Then a separate purchase was made of the following:
Two boxes of Sancho Panza Double Maduro Cigars, 8 per box.
The cigars went for $58.85.
The total price for the contents of this package was: $110.94 (not including shipping which I will pay for out of my pocket). Click on the image of the receipts to enlarge it (the image shows both receipts).
So far I have received a total of $175 gross or $168.42 after the PayPal fees were deducted. I contributed $25 to this care package above what I will pay for shipping. That means of the $110.94 cost of the contents of this package, $25 came from me and the remaining $85.94 came from the donations I have received. That leaves a remaining total of $82.94 in donations. That, along with my future cash input of about $25 per package from my pocket, should be about enough to fill two or three care packages that do not contain any higher priced items like the cigars.
I am hopeful, that once again as in past years, I will be able to buy some decent folding knives to include in the care packages from us. If I am going to be able to do that then I probably am going to have to depend upon some additional donations. If you have not donated anything yet, and if you can spare a little something, please do so. The link is on the right hand side of my blog near the top in the red area.
By the way, if you are waiting to hit the lottery before you donate, or if you are waiting for the moment you can scrape something together because you are hard up for cash, please forget about it. I only am asking for something you can spare and am not trying to twist your arm. A ten spot or a fiver would be nice but I will gladly accept a dollar - but please, only if you can spare it. More than that is always acceptable too but again only if you can spare it. Let me tell you, it humbles me each time I receive anything toward these packages especially during these hard times. Anything I receive will go toward the cost of the contents of the packages and toward what I believe, and I am sure you believe, is a good cause. That cause is helping make it easier for some of our men and women who are on foreign soil, in hostile lands, and are in harm's way while they are making the world safer for us.
All the best,