Thank you so much, Nicole, for passing this along:
I was sharing the Iraqi toy drive with a coworker, and she pointed me in the direction of the US Postal Service. You can request a FREE mailing supply kit for sending items to military personnel. The kit includes boxes, tape, labels, and customs forms. This will allow you arrive at the post office ready to ship. Please note the the supplies are free, but you must still pay for postage.
Via the USPS website, here is how you can request this kit:
- Call 1-800-610-8734 (Packing Supply)
- Choose your language (1 for English, 2 for Spanish)
- Choose option 1 (For Express Mail, Priority Mail, and Global Express)
- When you reach an agent, request CAREKIT04.
The agent will get your address, and the kit should arrive in 7-10 days. I just requested mine today.
For the latest information about how to send toys to Iraq, please see the original post.