The holidays may be over, but it’s still the season of giving. If you were lucky enough to have a holiday spent with loved ones, filled with food, fun and gifts, why not share some of that good fortune with our service members? There are over a million active duty Department of Defense members, many of whom are overseas and did not have the opportunity to enjoy the comforts of home over the holidays.

One way to give a little bit of that comfort back is to send a service member a care package. One organization, HeroBox, has sent over 200,000 care packages since its inception. Putting a package together couldn’t be easier, and many of the products include derivatives of natural gas and oil. Do you have a little plastic gift card or two left over from the holidays? Those are great additions to any box. Can you put together some petroleum based toiletries and hygiene products like shampoo, body wash, deodorant, sunscreen, toothpaste and lip balm? Those are in demand as well. If you can help provide a service member with items to keep them entertained, like books, magazines, DVDs and earbuds, those are also greatly appreciated.

Natural gas and oil are also instrumental in getting your package to the troops, by fueling the planes and trucks necessary to deliver the goods. In addition, the packing materials like tape, bubble wrap and packing peanuts that keep your boxes safely wrapped so they arrive in tact are made from natural gas and oil derivatives. Get started on your care package today, and visit for helpful tips on putting everything together and getting it to a service member.