Snopes.com's "Rumor Has It" reported today ...The USPS provides free Priority Mail shipping supplies for customers sending packages to U.S. military personnel overseas
According to an unsolicited email circulating on the Internet ...The USPS has a program for military family members and friends to supply them with packaging materials to send packages to troops overseas. If you call 1-800-610-8734 and select option # 1, Ask them for the "Military pack" they will send you boxes, tape, packaging materials and labels.Here's the deal ...
They will also give you an I.D. number so if your supply runs low, you just call them up and they'll send you more supplies. The materials take about four to ten days to receive. I Don't know if any of you have mailed any packages lately, but if you go to mail box etc., they will charge you for the box, tape, peanuts, labels and everything else the can think of! After a while, those charges start to add up! [from the email]The United States Postal Service (USPS) will supply for free, to anyone who asks, specially packaged Priority Mail supplies for shipping "care kits" to members of the U.S. military stationed overseas. Each supply kit includes the following:To obtain a free kit of shipping supplies ...
(The contents of the supply kits changes from time to time and sometimes includes other items, such as water-resistant Tyvek Priority Mail envelopes and Priority Mail address labels. Most of these items are ordinarily furnished for free to customers by the USPS.)
- 4 Priority Mail Flat-Rate "shoe box"-type shipping boxes
- 6 Priority Mail Flat-Rate "garment box"-type shipping boxes
- 10 Priority Mail labels
- 1 roll of Priority Mail tape
- 10 customs forms with envelopesSimply call the USPS' packing supplies order line at 1-800-610-8734, select option #1 ("Express Mail, Priority Mail or Global Express Guaranteed products"), and ask a customer service agent for CAREKIT04 (or a "military kit"). You need supply only your name, address, and phone number, and they'll get a kit off to you that should arrive within 7-10 days.Postage is the customer's responsibility.
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