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Make a Passover Care Package for Your College Girl or Guy

Randi is a daughter, mother and grandmother. She has a mother who shared her love of writing and is still going strong at 88 years young!

Sending a Little Bit of Home to Your College Students

Being away from your family can be hard at best, but to be away during a holiday can be really difficult. It's not easy for parents, either! I have come up with a plan to keep my kids in the loop. I send them what I call a "Party in a Box." I don't just do it on Passover, but on any occasion I can think of! Who doesn't like getting a care package?

Must include the requisite Matzah!

Must include the requisite Matzah!

What Is Passover?

Passover (Pesach in Hebrew) is a Jewish Festival celebrating The Exodus, when the Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt. As are most of the Jewish holidays, Passover is steeped in symbolic gestures. It is a widely celebrated holiday, beginning with the Seder (festive meal) and lasting for seven more days. The most widely known tradition is that practicing Jews do not eat bread or anything leavened during the eight days of Passover. A daunting challenge for a college student, indeed!

When Is Passover?

As Jewish holidays follow the Hebrew calendar, the dates change from year to year. When I'm writing this in 2013, for example, Passover begins on March 26th. If you are planning on sending a care package, make sure you have plenty of time to send it.

Care Package Tips

  • During the year, I stock up on things to include in my care packages. They range from useful to silly.
  • Always include something yummy!
  • Make it fun. That's why I call it a party in a box. They should look forward to it. It should meet or exceed their expectations!
  • Sometimes, I include something from home that is not new but I know will bring a smile to their face.
  • I also include things they need like deodorant or pencils.
  • I may include a small gift card. (They love Starbucks, McDonalds and Dunkin Donuts!)
  • If I put cash inside, I put only a little.

My care package goal is to make their lives easier and happier!

Care Package Dos and Don'ts

DosDon'ts

Include small, lightweight things

Include perishable items

Pack a variety of goodies

Include very weighty items

Include something to share with their friends

Put anything too valuable in there.

Do a practice run to make sure everything fits

Overstuff your package.

Check that everything is closed tightly and wrapped properly

Include too many serious, boring things

More Cute Care Package Ideas

  • Make a "theme" box where everything is related to the theme.
  • Wrap and number/label each item. Write clues that direct them which to open first.
  • Include personal notes, inspirational notes, or fun sayings scattered throughout the box.

Make it fun!

How to Ship or Mail Your Care Package

Prices will vary depending on weight, distance, and speed of delivery. You can also add frequency if you do a lot of mailing. For my occasional packages, I have tried several different sources. I have found the United States Postal Service works best for me. They have a website that not only helps you determine what you need, there is also a place for online payment and shipping labels. All you have to do after that is drop it off!

Remember to Allow Time for Your Package to Arrive

Make sure you leave plenty of time for your package to get there. Even though what is inside may be a surprise, do let your child know it is coming, so they will watch for it. When you are preparing this, remember, it is a a little taste of home. Be sure to include all your love!

Will Your College Student Be Able to Celebrate Passover While Away From Home?

Most colleges and universities have places for students to worship. There are usually dinners and events planned around the holidays. Check into your child's school to see if they are holding a Passover Seder.

In addition, they will still need some of the essentials for during the week of Passover. Many schools will help your student by preparing meals that are kosher for Passover on request, but there aren't too many school "cafeterias" anymore. They seem to leaning more and more towards "Food Courts."

If they live in a sorority or fraternity house, there will be more leeway on getting the right foods. And, of course, if they have their own apartment, they should be fine.

Happy Passover!

Comments

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on March 30, 2013:

Thank you, Abby! Yes, I know about 2 in school. Now, everyone is done here (except for graduate school in a year or two)

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on March 30, 2013:

Thank you, Colin! He is well, a bit thinner and somewhat skittish, but just as sweet and lovable! Love and hugs back to the 3 of you from me and:

The Girls: Phoebe, Izzy and Ella and Our wandering boy, Finnick!

Dr Abby Campbell from Charlotte, North Carolina on March 29, 2013:

Awesome hub, Randi! I will definitely use this next year when I have two girls in college. :-)

epigramman on March 28, 2013:

Good morning Randi - leaving now for doctor's appt. but I just wanted to know how your four-legged boy is feeling?

love and hugs from Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel -lake erie time 11:44am

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on March 28, 2013:

I know, Kj! What I really miss are the care packages from my mother-in-law with all the Israeli products! When I lived in Chicago, Pesach was a good time to stock up on all things Israeli and there were stores that had things year round. But here in Phoenix...nada! Thank you for sharing your memories. We went to buy fruit slices...a little box $6. Are they crazy?

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on March 28, 2013:

Thank you, drbj! I am all about the "silly"!

epigramman on March 27, 2013:

..just left you a reply at my hubspace, dear Randi, lake erie time 3:03am

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on March 26, 2013:

Thank you, Eddy!

kjforce from Florida on March 26, 2013:

btrbell....Great write.. sometimes people don't realize just how lonely it can be at holiday time , especially when we are away at school.. I used to look forward to my care packages from my " bobeshi "..usually dates/almonds/marshmallows/coconut(shredded)..macaroons, almond butter cookies/tea bags/instant coffee/and Pesach pizza..made from matzo/cheese/tomato sauce..placed in foil and set in sunny window..now they can be microwaved...every year I make the Almond butter cookies and brings back many memories..it was nice knowing I was missed. .Chag Sameach to you and your family....

drbj and sherry from south Florida on March 26, 2013:

Hi, Randi. These are innovative and fun ideas for care packages for anyone away from home on any holiday. I like the idea of including some silly little surprise gifts with the food items.

Eiddwen from Wales on March 26, 2013:

What a great hub Randi and will benefit so many I am sure.

Voted up.

Eddy.

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on March 26, 2013:

Thank you, Colin...please keep praying for our boy. We have not found him yet but are pounding the pavement. Love from me and my "girls" :( right back at you!

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on March 26, 2013:

Thank you, Jackie! They are fun to do!

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on March 26, 2013:

Hey Carol! Must admit, I had a slice with a thin layer of butter....Luckily, it gets old fast! Thank you for your support, my friend!

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on March 26, 2013:

Thank you, Bill! My family in Chicago does this, too. It's lots of fun getting gifts from each other!

Randi Benlulu (author) from Mesa, AZ on March 26, 2013:

Radcliff, thank you! I know what you mean. I think missing them is the impetus behind all the goodies!

epigramman on March 25, 2013:

Good evening Randi - my heart goes out to you and I have thought about you and your dear family all day long. Has you precious four legged boy come back home yet? Please know our prayers and wishes are with you right now , love and respects from Colin , Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel, lake erie time canada 7:14pm

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on March 25, 2013:

Great info here besides great ideas. Thanks!

carol stanley from Arizona on March 25, 2013:

Matzo with a pound of butter sounds good right now. This is a great idea for kids away from home and even home. Great job here. Voting up and sharing.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 25, 2013:

Good ideas, Randi! Bev has a son entering college in April, and I'll pass these on to her. Thank you and have a great week in warm Arizona!

Liz Davis from Hudson, FL on March 25, 2013:

This is so sweet! Sending a care package with a bit of tradition inside is so thoughtful. Just the thought of my little one going off to college makes me teary-eyed! Thanks for sharing :)

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