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Care Packages

Care packages from home are a great way to send birthday wishes, encouragement, or just to let your student know you are thinking about them. The following resources will help you surprise your student. Please note that deliveries from off-campus vendors are made to the Benjamin West House (Public Safety), which is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Students will receive a phone call to alert them to a delivery. Vendors do not deliver to dormitories.

Birthday Cakes

You can order a special birthday cake for your student from Swarthmore Dining, complete with a custom message on top. Please allow three days’ notice for birthday cake orders. Contact Therese Hopson at 610-328-8181 or to make arrangements; include flavor and size preferences as well as the message to be written on the cake and the student's email address and cell phone number. Swarthmore Dining will contact the student a day prior with pick-up information. Payment can be made by credit card, cash, points, or checks. Checks are payable to Swarthmore College and mailed to 500 College Ave. Swarthmore, PA 19081. ATT: Swarthmore Dining.

Care Packages

The Swarthmore Campus & Community Store staff will take the information you provide about your student and prepare a basket just for them. Gift baskets can include snacks, entertainment, and/or fun items. Packages are attractively prepared with a custom note card attached. Bookstore staff are happy to call the student with the news that a surprise is waiting for them. You can order by phone at 610-328-7756.


Local florists include Kenny's Flower Shoppe, Inc. in Media, Pa. (610-566-6162) and Swarthmore Flower & Gift Shop (610-544-9732).

Gifts & Gift Baskets

The Swarthmore Food Co-op is located in the heart of Swarthmore, walking distance from campus. A wide variety of gift baskets as well as custom baskets are available to be delivered to students. To arrange a gift card or to order a care package for your student, please call 610-543-9805 or email

Edible Arrangements in nearby Media, Pa. offers a fresh fruit bouquet for any occasion. For more information, call 610-565-2832.