One of my close friends was deployed to Iraq almost a month ago. It is his first tour there. I have been keeping in touch with him; he tells me about how bad things have been getting there lately. It's either there's nothing for him to do or it's full-out hell. Our last conversation left me feeling a little worried. Granted it's through email, I could tell he just didn't sound right. He seemed very homesick and slightly depressed (which I guess is to be expected), but still... he has always been the "Yeah, let's do this!" out-going type of guy. He use to be funny, liked to poke fun, etc... now.... not so much. He seems to have already lost that spark that made him so fun. Anyways, I need a little help. I am not from a military family, I'm not sure about needs and protocols of Army life... but I want to send him a care package to cheer him up. I just have no idea what put in it... I asked him is there is anything specific he needs like deodorant, toothpaste, sunblock, chapstick, OTC meds, etc. He said no... that it's about 40 degrees Fahrenheit there, get's much colder at night, that he has pretty much all that he needs - just for me to send him some snacks and goodies.... "idk, just surprise me." Does anyone have ties to soldiers over in the middle east? What kind of stuff do you send? What kind of candy and goodies lasts (doesn't melt or go bad...). [I found a care-package list of items online... but I'm hoping to find what soldiers really want/need and actually use] Any suggestions will be very much appreciated. Thank you in advanced.