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September 23, 2013

Online orders replace care packages

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Julie Davis sends her son Sam black-and-white cookies — a New York City specialty — from a Manhattan bakery because it’s something he can’t get at the University of Colorado in Boulder. “The kids are so independent these days, they have access to everything, and it makes it harder to find something to send them,” she said. She knows he’s received the package when she gets his one-word text: “Amazing.”

Kate Sutherland posted a picture on Instagram and Facebook when her mom sent a “make-your-own party kit with princess stuff and decorations” for her 22nd birthday last spring — one of many care packages she received as a student at the University of Tennessee-Martin.

“My friends thought it was really neat — I think everyone got a little jealous,” Sutherland said. “You really don’t see the homemade care packages that much anymore because it’s so easy to get on the Internet and ship something.”

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