Sending LOVE A Long Way | Care Packages For Our College Students (2023)


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I'm hoping that Brennan and Katie will feel the same thrill and a little bit of love from home when they get these packages.

Pam welcome to it's the Donnelly's I'm Jill, if you guys haven't watched before I'm the mom, and if you have watched before welcome back, we are a family of five that is now divided only because two of our oldest are in college, so Katie and Brennan are in college.

Ryan is still with us with Mike and I here at home.

He is a junior in high school, so we get him.

We get to love on him on the daily, thank goodness, but today, I'm going to put together Valentine care packages for Brennan and Katie, we just love being together and when we're apart, it makes me sad they're doing their thing, they're flying they're doing what they need to do, but I also want to be able to infuse a little bit of home and a little bit of love from our family into them, while they're at school and what better time to do it than Valentine's Day Katie does have a valentine, of course.

Her boyfriend Kaden they're.

Two and a half years dating now so I'm sure they're going to do something nice for each other for Valentine's Day, but I still want to show Katie how much I love her and send her something and surprise her, hopefully that she can open up and absolutely love.

I feel like Mom was thinking about her Brandon's, a different story.

He does not have a valentine, so I want to make sure to get him.

A good treat a nice box a nice, something that he can open with lots of little things.

It just says: I love you so I'm going to attempt to put that together today.

Thank you! So much all of you who commented when I asked the question what I should put into a Valentine's Day Care Package.

You guys totally gave me some great ideas.

One thing that was overwhelming was that we have to send Ryan's cookies, Ryan's chocolate chip, cookies, I'm, hoping to be able to send the package out today if I can't send it out today, because I, because Ryan might not be able to make the cookies today, I'll put the package all together and we'll just wait for the cookies and we'll send it out tomorrow, but in the meantime, I made a list of all the things that I'd like to put together for them that will make them feel special and make them feel loved and I'm gonna go out and get those right now.

So you guys can come with me and then I'll come back and we'll put together this care package we'll stick together.

Everything is so many stupid things.

Okay, I am back.

I didn't anticipate that care packages would take up this much room but I think most of it is the boxes I bought boxes.

So one of the things that I wanted to try to do is one of those Expo exploding boxes where you open it up and the sides fall down and then everything inside it falls down.

But now that I've purchased everything I, don't think that's going to work because I have more stuff than I have room for exploding boxes.

So what I think I'm going to do is I think I'm just going to fill all these little boxes with things put it in a great big box like a big shipping box and then wrap it in Valentine's, Day gift, wrap and then send it that way.

So, today, with me, my plan has changed just a little bit but I think it's going to work out just great.

Let me put every organized everything together that I got and then I will take you through.

So here is our Valentine's Day haul, I! Guess it's a haul right, so I'm going to attempt to put all of this stuff into two boxes for one for Brennan, one for Katie.

We do have some stuff for Kaden too, so we are going to make a box for Kaden as well and send these off to college.

So hopefully some of these items will make our kids feel loved and, like they've, got a little bit of sweetness from home.

We still have to add the chocolate chip cookies.

But let me put this together now: um Mike went overboard with candy, but I got the Clif bars, Katie loves, Cliff, Bars and Brennan loves uh trail mix, so I got him trail mix.

I found this little cutie pie, I'm, not sure if I filmed it, but this little Happy Valentine's Day box super thrilled about that cutie patootie.

This is for Brennan, and this is for Katie.

This one says you and Sparkle on Valentine.

That's where Kate Mike got those he's got a great sense of humor.

I got Brennan a 25 Aldi gift card because he buys his own groceries at school.

That's part of our deal, of course, a candle from love at fam and a sweet little teddy bear from love that fam Kate's gonna get the candle put that right in there Brandon's gonna get the teddy bear, so this is Katie.

Katie loves, making gingerbread houses, so I was thrilled when I found this Godiva Cupid house kit, I thought that was adorable.

I didn't know that she and Kaden are going to want to put that together.

So that's sort of a gift for the two of them.

This is Katie Katie, Katie Katie.

This is Katie.

This is Brennan Brennan, Katie, Brennan Brennan.

This will be to the Brennan Brennan Brennan Katie Oh Katie Katie, Brennan Brennan foreign.

What I'm gonna do I'm using the big black boxes to put in the snacks that they get and then they're the little gifty thing and then the rest of things like the gum and a little sweet, tart sweethearts, and that kind of thing and then I'm gonna put a little picture in, because I wanted to include a picture of me showing them how much I love them for Valentine's Day.

So I did make this little picture for Katie, so what I did was.

My original intention was to take a picture and then make like a cut out heart frame that did not work out so well, because the picture that I chose really wouldn't fit with a heart like I'd, have to cut all of it out and I didn't want to just do that.

I took some poster board covered the poster board with this really cool paper and then I glued the picture to it, and then I took another piece of poster board on the back and made it a little a little stand and then wrote a little note on the back, which is I, love you a bushel and a peck.

That is, are one of our sayings that we say that we grew up with, and so they can.

Katie can put this next to her bed.

I did one for Brennan too that's our picture, and then it stands up like that and on the side.

How about that a little homemade, homemade gift there, so I'm gonna finish putting Katie's together and then I'll put brightness together and I'll.

Give you a little tour I can remember getting care packages from my parents when I was in college um, because back in the day, first of all, we didn't get the opportunity to communicate with our parents.

As often as we do now like there were no cell phones.

There were no like FaceTime.

Maybe there was none of that stuff.

So when I was in college, you know, I grew up in Upstate New York and my parents lived in Upstate New York, when I was in college and I went to college in Delaware, so it was about five and a half.

Sometimes a six hour drive, which is a little bit farther than Brennan and Katie are from us they're about.

If, if you get a good day, it's four and a half, but mostly it's like a five hour drive anyway.

So if I wanted to talk to my parents, I would have to call them on this on the pay phone that was in my hall in my dorm, and we had one pay phone for the whole for the whole floor and that was like I.

Don't know, 30 girls, something like that.

So if you wanted to use the pay phone to call your boyfriend or your sister or your mom or your friend or whoever you had to wait in line, so I can remember nights where, like I would be sitting on the ground in the dorm waiting for the person before me or three people before me to get off the phone and they would like talk as long as they want.

You just sit there and you're waiting you're like oh, my gosh, so you bring your homework with you and you wait until they get off the phone.

So that was definitely a thing or if your parents wanted to call you, it was even worse because they would call the number and then hope that someone would answer, because literally someone walking by would just have to pick up the phone and say hello.

They would say: hi is Jill.

You know Jill hemor there and they'd go down if if they had the time or even wanted to the girls would like go up and down the hall chill bones for you um, but my parents like didn't know when I would be home or if I had class or whatever, so it was really hit or miss.


If you ever got a chance to talk to your parents, um, which was stinky, you know what I mean, but it was a whole different thing like you knew it, you knew that going in.

So it's not like you were shocked or surprised, that's just how it was, but we would write letters.

My parents would write letters and um.

They would also send me care packages so anyway, that's what I'm getting to and the whole care package thing.

So they would send me care packages, which was very nice, and my parents had a bread maker like one of those machines that were all the rage back in the 80s, where you would put like the flower in and the and the yeast and the salt and the whatever else.

If you were going to flavor it and the bread maker itself would need it and then it would let it proof you know rise, and then it would cook it.

So my dad went crazy with bread, he loved, making the bread, and so he would send it to me in this care package.

I would get this care package of like two loaves of bread that were you know, wrapped in foil and I, absolutely loved it.

Not only did it make me just so happy that, like my parents were thinking of me, like my, my parents went to the trouble to make bread and pack it up and send it to me, but also then eating.

It was just such a thrill.

It was a really good bread for like um, toasting or french toast, or that kind of thing not that I had any of the capability to do that in my dorm, but later on, when I lived in an apartment, I did, but that was one of the things that I really enjoyed was receiving that so I'm hoping that Brennan and Katie will feel the same thrill and love and a little bit of love from home when they get these packages set in the mail.

Guess who just came home from school right as I was packing all the stuff up Ryan, so we're gonna make chocolate chip cookies.

So I am going to be able to put all this stuff together and send it out, probably not today by five but send it out first thing in the morning: I'm so excited okay, so I'm gonna help him by getting all the ingredients out.

Okay, so I looked up some cookies they're baking in the oven.

Currently I got another batch here.

I'm gonna go to golf soon, so I think Mom's gonna take over this whole process, so these cookies are gonna, go to Brandon, Katie and Kaden.

As you guys, uh know, it is so kind of you to send love during Valentine's Day to Brandon and Katie and Caden.

So we already put together I already put together a box.

We thought we should absolutely have some homemade baked cookies.

We always do baked goods uh, because our family loves baked goods so um and we like making them so you're.

The cookie guy.

You know I was saying earlier: Katie has a valentine, but Brandon doesn't I, don't want him to be all alone on Valentine's Day I.

Don't think single people on Valentine's Day really get bad press, or at least I don't, but it's nice to get a gift right, yeah and you get if it even if the gift is from your mama.

That's right, I'm, your I'm, your Forever Valentine.

Basically, oh all right! Well, all right, we'll show you the finished product.

Yep all right cookies said cookies are finished.

Each person gets 15 cookies.

We are good to go packing.

These babies up shipping them out I'm on my way to take these packages to The UPS Store, to send them off to Brennan and Katie.

It was quite a fun project, although I did face challenges along the way in between time, not being on my side.

I had these Grand visions that I was gonna, do like a cut out heart for the frame and that didn't work out, and then I was going to do the exploding boxes and that didn't work out.

But as I say, where there's a will there's a way and I absolutely had the will and wanted to get this done so just improvised a little bit, but regardless I am so happy that these guys are going to be able to get a little bit of love sent from home.

So even though the miles divide us, it's little things like this that keep us together as a family.

If you want to see what we did last year for Valentine's Day, when Brennan was in college, we sent him a care package and at home we did a secret Cupid exchange.

So watch this video to watch the reveal and see who had who for the cupid exchange and see Brendan's reaction when he opened Valentine, Day Valentine's, Day Care Package from last year, thanks for watching be sure to Thumbs Up And subscribe, see you later.


What is good to send to a college student? ›

Sending college care packages is a great (and subtle) way to show your college student how much you miss them. Common care package items can include their favorite treats, gift cards, and even extra socks and supplies.

What do you put in a care package for a college boy? ›

What do you put in a college care package?
  1. Laundry supplies. After living at home all their lives, some undergraduates might do chores on their own for the first time in their college dorm. ...
  2. Gift cards. ...
  3. Blankets and slippers. ...
  4. Reusable water bottles. ...
  5. Board games. ...
  6. LED strip lights. ...
  7. A personal note. ...
  8. Their favorite snacks.
Apr 4, 2022

How often do you send a care package to college? ›

Send care packages as often as you think the recipient needs something, and that will depend on who you send it to. What is this? Someone recovering from surgery may just need one care package, and the same holds true for a birthday or anniversary. College students or those in the military may love them every month.

How do you address a package to a college student? ›

Format a College Dorm Address the Same as a Normal Address

Here's an example of how to format an address to a college dorm: John Smith. 1234 College Way. American University Freshman Hall #100.

How much money should I send my college student? ›

Deciding on A Monthly Allowance for College Students

As a parent, you may be considering giving your child a college allowance to help them with extra costs. But how much spending money for college does your child need? While $250 per month may be the average, your child may have additional expenses.

What things impress colleges? ›

What Are the Best Extracurriculars for College?
  • Leadership Work and Positions. Colleges seek out applicants with leadership experience. ...
  • Part-Time Jobs. ...
  • Sports and Athletic Participation. ...
  • Academic Clubs and Teams. ...
  • Artistic and Creative Pursuits. ...
  • Volunteering and Community Service. ...
  • Internships.

What are college students thankful for? ›

The four major themes that gratitude practice encouraged were the recognition of family support, friendships, daily needs, and personal growth throughout the college experience.

What is a care package gift? ›

Care packages are shippable boxes or gift baskets packed with an assortment of items that show your appreciation, including hand-written notes, gift certificates, wholesome snacks, and even toys and games.

What does it mean when a college sends you a lot of mail? ›

At Bright Horizons College Coach, we are often asked the question, “What does this mailing mean?” The reality is that the majority of these mass mailings are an attempt to generate interest from a wider range of students. It doesn't necessarily indicate that the college is specifically interested in a student.

What size box to use for care package? ›

It's best to limit your care packages to the size of a shoebox. You can pick up free Priority Mail boxes at your post office. Use the #4 or #7 size box. Include a list of contents.

Can you mail things to college students? ›

Now, most universities have adapted to provide some kind of package delivery option for students and their loved ones who are shipping to college dorms. Institutions can offer campus mail pick-up, mail services centers within university housing, or some combination of the two (depending on the size of the campus).

How do colleges package themselves to attract students? ›

Many non-Ivy universities and colleges are marketing themselves to prospective students by touting perks and amenities ranging from laptops and tablets to gourmet dining plans and over-the-top housing and recreational opportunities.

What is not allowed in a care package? ›

DON'T send adult entertainment, alcohol or drugs (these items are illegal and can get the soldier in trouble) DON'T send aerosols or pressurized products. DON'T send firearms or ammunition (we're already armed and this is illegal) DON'T send perishable foods.

What do you write in a care package card? ›

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What is the basic care package? ›

safe drinking water, condom use, mosquito bednets and daily. multivitamins for all HIV-infected persons and calls these. the Basic Care Package.

What is the best way to send your college student money? ›

Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Services

Apps and services such as Zelle, Paypal, and Venmo make it simple to send funds straight to separate bank accounts. Peer-to-peer (P2P) services are quick and simple ways to send money between separate bank accounts.

Is $200 a week good for a college student? ›

The consensus among the hundreds of parents who did send their college students spending money was that the range should be between $25-$75 a week for a student living on campus. The most common answer was $50 a week or $200 monthly. Students who had cars on campus needed more than those who didn't.

What is a realistic budget for a college student? ›

What is a good college student budget for the academic year? College Board data shows that students who spend moderately should prepare a 12-month budget of approximately $27,200. An acceptable lower budget would be around $18,220 per year.

What college do students love the most? ›

These are the top 20 schools students love the most
  1. Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.
  2. Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS. ...
  3. Thomas Aquinas College, Santa Paula, CA. ...
  4. Brown University, Providence, RI. ...
  5. William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA. ...
  6. Tulane University, New Orleans, LA. ...
  7. Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI.
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What do colleges wanna see? ›

Good grades, a challenging high school curriculum, standardized test scores, extracurriculars, and a strong essay are a few key factors admissions officers assess. Each university may emphasize different elements of the application process.

What makes colleges interested in you? ›

The most prominent are the college application itself, test scores, transcripts, letters of recommendation, FAFSA, essays, and demonstrated interest.

How do you show kindness in college? ›

10 Ways to Spread Kindness on Campus
  1. Hold the door for someone.
  2. Bring in a snack for your classmates.
  3. Give a compliment to a stranger.
  4. Pay for someone's meal at the Falcons Nest.
  5. Tell your professor “thank you” at the end of class.
  6. Invite someone to a campus event.
  7. Leave a nice note at a classmate's desk.
Feb 17, 2022

What do you say to a student you appreciate? ›

Fifty Ways to Praise Your Students
  • Good.
  • You've got it right.
  • That's right.
  • Super.
  • That's good.
  • You're really working hard today.
  • You are very good at that.
  • That's coming along nicely.

How do you express gratitude to students? ›

With Thanksgiving around the corner, here are eight ideas on how to teach gratitude to students this year.
  1. Educate on the Health Benefits of Gratitude. ...
  2. Enlist the Senses. ...
  3. Create a Gratitude Map. ...
  4. Start a "Random Acts of Kindness" Initiative. ...
  5. Remind Students About Self-Gratitude. ...
  6. Have Students Keep a Gratitude Journal.

What are 5 things to look for in a college? ›

Top 10 Factors for Choosing a College
  • Safety.
  • Academic Support and Career Services. ...
  • Campus Life. ...
  • Athletics and Extracurricular Activities. ...
  • Majors and Minors. ...
  • Class Size. ...
  • Cost and Fees. ...
  • Location and Distance From Home. ...

How many towels should I bring to college? ›

We get it, a lot of other stuff gets in the way, but you should at least be prepared. Bring at least three bath towels with you so that you're not forced to use an old and grody one until you make it to the laundry room again.

What do you put in a comfort box? ›

For taste, you might include dark chocolate, gum or tea bags. For smell, you might include essential oils, scented lotion or candles. For touch, you might include a stress ball, modeling clay or a soft piece of material. For sound, you might include a CD, play list, bells or a sound machine.

How to make a care package gift? ›

Some examples of items to put in care packages include:
  1. Favorite snacks or homemade treats.
  2. Books, magazines or puzzles.
  3. Movies.
  4. A diffuser.
  5. Lotions or scented hand sanitizers.
  6. A new robe or blanket.
  7. Seasonal or holiday room decor.
  8. Pictures or a scrapbook of family and friends.

Do people like care packages? ›

People who communicate affection regularly are mentally healthier, happier, and more comfortable being close to others. One of the reasons care packages are so satisfying is that they contain an element of surprise at both receiving the package and uncovering what is inside. Surprise for many is a key component of joy.

What is a good gift for college students during finals week? ›

Treats for fun and comfort, like a bucket of cookies or tub of popcorn, can help your favorite student become the most popular member of their finals study group. Nutritious choices, such as fruit and nuts, are also great for providing energy for studying without causing a blood sugar crash.

What do you put in a finals goodie bag? ›

A mixture of treats, nourishing foods, useful supplies, and tools for relaxation. Things like office supplies, study tools, gift cards, self-care items (face masks, aromatherapy, cozy socks), and food are great additions for a finals survival kit care package.

What is a college send off party? ›

College send-off parties are a fun way to create lasting memories with friends and family before moving away and starting this new chapter. They're a great way to celebrate the end of summer, but they can also be a lot of work for those hosting them.

What do you send a child in a camp care package? ›

17 Cool Camp Care Package Ideas
  • Cards or other small games, toys.
  • Love notes from home.
  • Stationery for them to write to you.
  • Camera.
  • Pet selfies.
  • MP3 Player.
  • Mad libs or comic books.
  • Extra toiletries or other supplies.

How do you throw an awesome college party? ›

Check out these tips to become a party legend on your college campus.
  1. Find the perfect theme. ...
  2. Craft your perfect playlist. ...
  3. Don't BYOB. ...
  4. Invite Your Neighbors. ...
  5. Never Invite the Goody Two Shoes. ...
  6. Encourage everyone to mingle. ...
  7. DECORATE. ...
  8. And of course, drinking games.
Dec 19, 2018

How do colleges choose who to send mail to? ›

Colleges know which graduating high schoolers to mail by purchasing contact information of college-bound kids. And students whose contact details become available for institutions to procure are those who apply for standardized tests and check the box that allows colleges to send materials and publications.

Are colleges interested in you if they email you? ›

If, however, you meet a college admissions officer at a college fair, a high school visit, an interview, or while visiting a university, you may receive an email or note directly from that admissions person. In this situation, it may mean that the college has particular interest in your child.

Does getting letters from colleges mean anything? ›

It has evolved as colleges have ramped up their efforts to generate as many applications as possible. A stated interest or test score triggers some mailings. Other times it is just a pure mass mailing. Receiving mail from a college does not mean that you have a better chance to gain acceptance.

What is cheapest way to send a care package? ›

First Class Mail envelopes, flat rate envelopes, and USPS Priority Mail offer the lowest rates for small packages. Another option is to use cubic pricing. Cubic pricing is a special USPS service that offers lower shipping rates when sending small, heavy items that are under 20lbs with USPS Priority Mail.

How many boxes should I bring to college? ›

Many students find that five Collegeboxes are enough to facilitate most dorm room moves, but you can order boxes individually if you need more or less than what's provided in the Supply Kit.

What do colleges like in a student? ›

Good grades, a challenging high school curriculum, standardized test scores, extracurriculars, and a strong essay are a few key factors admissions officers assess. Each university may emphasize different elements of the application process.

What do college students look for? ›

80% of students surveyed pointed to one of seven reasons behind their final decision: affordability, desired program, career outcomes, reputation/academic quality, value, proximity to home, and of course, that elusive “fit.”

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