Care Packages

Send some love!

Care packages are a great way to let your student know you are thinking of them!

Care packages are available for Move-in Day, Halloween, Fall finals, Valentine's Day, and Spring finals.

You will receive a letter in the mail and an email during the summer that describes the packages; order by the deadline to ensure your student receives a care package.


Handmade, Made Local
St. Ambrose works with Basket Bowtique, a privately-owned gift shop in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. All packages are handmade, individually wrapped, and personally delivered to campus. Proceeds from care packages help fund programming and community-building efforts by SAU Residence Life.

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Multi-Package Discount

Purchase a single care package or get a discount with either the Ambrose Plan – which includes all five packages (minus the Healthy Option) – or the Ambrose Healthy Plan – which includes the Move-In Pack plus four Healthy Option Packs – for $114. Order deadlines for either Multi-Package will be updated soon.

For more information, call the Residence Life office 563-333-6258 or send an email.

Order a Care Package

How to Order


You may order a Care Package at any time during the year. The deadlines to order are listed on each package.

When you order:

  • We encourage you to send a handwritten note that we will BEE happy to attach to the package for you. Send all notes to St. Ambrose University, c/o Residence Life.
  • Use your personal email address when prompted so that you receive the order confirmation instead of your student.
  • Enter the University address as the DELIVERY ADDRESS:

St. Ambrose University
c/o Residence Life
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803-2829

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Care Packages

Move-In Pack

The Move-In Pack ($33) comes in a reusable, hard-plastic container that is perfect for storing various odds and ends. In addition to energy-inducing snacks and drinks, this pack comes with everything below and some other essentials, such as a deck of playing cards!

  • Popcorn
  • Oreos
  • Chex Mix
  • Cookies
  • Nutri-Grain Bars
  • Skittles
  • Gardettos
  • Deck of Playing Cards
  • Fruit Snacks
  • Bottle of Water
  • Twizzlers
  • Cheez-It Crackers
  • Trail Mix
  • Suckers
  • Gatorade
  • Animal Crackers
  • Hot Chocolate
Halloween Pack

The Halloween Pack ($23) is a reminder of the fall season, with favorites such as apple juice and candy corn. Those traditional items, balanced with a combination of Halloween treats and healthy snacks such as pretzels, create a well-rounded approach to get your son or daughter through fall midterms. The package comes in a clear bag, decorated with Halloween tissue paper to give it a spook-tacular appearance! 

  • Hot Chocolate
  • Candy Corn (2)
  • Apple Juice
  • Blow Pops
  • Mini Pretzels
  • Cheez-It Crackers
  • Oreos
  • Three Musketeers Bar
  • Halloween Candy
Fall Finals Pack

The Fall Finals Pack ($23) is a stress-busting favorite that arrives in a popcorn bucket tied with Ambrose colors. As the tension and anxiety of finals creeps in, students will be able to kick back with some comfort food to relieve that stress – and maybe use the packaging to enjoy a movie or two!

  • Popcorn
  • Doritos
  • Cheetos
  • Combos
  • Animal Crackers
  • M&Ms
  • Starbursts
  • Skittles
  • Junior Mints
  • Tootsie Pops
  • Cans of pop (3)
Valentine Pack

The Valentine's Pack ($23), packaged in a red box with a big Valentine's ribbon as a reminder of your love, shows your student that you're thinking of them when they're away at school. Although the weather outside might be cold, you're going to warm your student up with some cocoa and "red hot" cinnamon candies. 

  • Chocolate Box
  • Fruit Punch Gatorade
  • Bottle of Water
  • Skittles
  • Hershey's Chocolate Bar
  • Twizzlers
  • Hot Tamales Candy
  • Cinnamon Popcorn
  • Suckers 
Spring Finals Pack

The Spring Finals Pack ($23) comes in a blue or white canvas bag, to complement SAU's colors. Full of recharging treats and drinks, this pack is sure to keep your student's energy level up for all those late nights of reviewing and cramming!

  • Bottle of Water
  • Bottle of Juice
  • Oreos
  • Chex Mix
  • Fruit Snacks
  • Granola Bars (2)
  • Pop Tart
  • Goldfish Crackers
  • Popcorn
Healthy Pack

The Healthy Option Pack ($23) comes in a white, reusable container. This package cannot be ordered in place of the Move-In Pack or Ambrose Plan.

This pack can be delivered at any time of the year; use the deadlines for the above packages to determine order and delivery dates.

  • Bottle of water
  • Flavored water packets
  • Oatmeal
  • Peanut butter
  • Peanuts
  • Dark chocolate
  • Protein or nut bars
  • Dried fruit
  • Trail mix
  • Veggie chips

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