Well my son should be landing in Russia soon to complete his missionary service there. He had a 33 hour journey from Provo, Utah to the airport in Vladivostok, Russia. I wanted to help make his journey more comfortable and enjoyable if at all possible. So the first thing I did was to get on Facebook, Instagram and email and solicit letters from friends, family and co-workers of Tanner's. My goal was to get 33 letters to send to Tanner to read as he traveled. That would give him one letter per hour.
I ended up with 44! I was so excited! Just look at them all! Who wouldn't love to get this?! One person attached their letter to a couple of giant candy bars. I thought about attaching each letter to a treat, but decided that would take up too much room.
To make the letters as portable as possible I put them in a big envelope. This way it could be stored in the front pocket of the carry-on which makes it easily accessible.Of course I decorated the envelope. Haha I made it to look like a suitcase using my Cricut, but it would be really easy to do on your own if you don't have a Cricut. I also cut these little signs out of some paper I had on hand (Atlas by Pink Paislee). The tag says, "The journey IS the destination.
I placed the pouch of letters carefully on the top of the last package I would be sending to Tanner at the MTC. I decorated the flap with sayings and pictures you can print HERE.
Some of the thing I sent were:
1. A Tracphone. So much better than a phone card because they don't have to worry about standing in line at the payphone. It cost me $4.99 at K-Mart. I also bought a card with 160 minutes. It's easy to activate the phone and add the minutes. You just call the number provided with the phone. There was also a coupon book in the phone's package which contained a coupon code that doubled the minutes I bought. for no extra charge. I think I paid $35.00 for everything.
2. An Ipod loaded with appropriate talks and music.
2. Beef Jerky. I promised Tanner I would send Beef Jerky in every package.
3. He asked for Gatorade.
4. I always used flat-rate boxes and fill them absolutely full! There is no air left in the box by the time I tape it closed. HAHA! I bought a bag or two of Laffy-Taffy Candies that I opened and poured into all the open nooks and crannies.
5. I think I sent Little Debbie Zebra Cakes or something similar. I took them out of the box to make them fit better, but I placed them on their sides on a row to help ensure that they don't get smashed.
We got to talk to tanner last night when he was waiting for his flights in SLC and Las Vegas. He was SO grateful for the letters that everyone wrote him. He mentioned it several times!