People sending packages to family members serving in the military should get them out by Dec. 10 by priority mail to most military addresses, according to the U.S. Postal Service.
The Postal Service can provide Mili-Pacs, featuring detailed address blocks to provide a service member's full name, rank or rating, military organization or unit and APO or FPO with nine-digit ZIP code, as required by the Department of Defense.
Special kits that contain the necessary mailing materials to prepare "care packages" for people in the military can order kits by calling toll-free (800) 610-8734. The kits include boxes, priority-mail tape and customs forms with envelopes.
Anyone mailing to APO and FPO addresses with ZIPs beginning with 093 will need to get all first-class letters and cards and priority-mail parcels out by Dec. 5.