CHRISTMAS 2010 - PACKAGES FOR THE TROOPS
Friday, 19 November 2010

Released by the Veteranweb Network

Christmas allows most of us to spend valuable time with family and friends.

It is important to spare a thought for those who will not be with their families this Christmas. This year thousands of Australian troops will be serving away from home during the holiday season.

To show your support of the troops this Christmas you can send them a Care package free through Australia Post.

Australia Post allows free delivery for packages under 2kg to our soldiers on the front line.


PLEASE NOTE: Packages will not be accepted after 15 December, as they won’t be able to be shipped in time for Christmas.

Be creative with donations while being mindful of Australia Post's guidelines for the free delivery of care packages. Some suggestions are listed below, as are the general restrictions. Any donated goods that are unable to be sent due to size or weight will be donated to local charities.

Toiletries:
Other ideas:
    - Magazines - from Vogue to Men's Health

    - Puzzle books

    - DVD's

    - Socks

    - Letters of support

    - Stamped, self addressed envelopes - this way soldiers can thank you for the donation.
What NOT to include:
For the explosive detection dogs: Food:
    - Instant Noodles

    - Biscuits

    - Lollies

    - Small tinned consumables

    - Non perishable foods
When sending your parcel don't forget to include a letter to the troops and by including a stamped self addressed envelope they can send a letter back to you.

Parcels can be sent to "An Australian Soldier" or "An Australian Soldier - Female". For something different you can send a Care package to one of the explosive detection dogs at "An Australian EDD Handler" but don't forget to include a treat for the handler.

To send a care package to an Australian soldier in the Middle East, address the package to the following. If you wish to send a specific package to a female, change the first line to 'An Australian Soldier - Female'
    An Australian Soldier
    Middle East Operations
    AFPO 60
    Australian Defence Force
    SYDNEY NSW 2890
To send a care package to an Australian soldier in Afghanistan, address the package to the following. If you wish to send a specific package to a female, change the first line to 'An Australian Soldier - Female'
    An Australian Soldier
    Op Slipper
    AFPO 13
    Australian Defence Force
    SYDNEY NSW 2890
To send a care package to an Australian Explosive Detection Dog in Afghanistan, address the package to:
    An Australian EDD Handler
    Op Slipper
    AFPO 13
    Australian Defence Force
    SYDNEY NSW 2890
To send a care package to an Australian soldier in East Timor, address the package to the following. If you wish to send a specific package to a female, change the first line to 'An Australian Soldier - Female'
    An Australian Soldier
    East Timor Operations
    AFPO 61
    Australian Defence Force
    SYDNEY NSW 2890
To send a care package to an Australian soldier in The Solomons, address the package to the following. If you wish to send a specific package to a female, change the first line to 'An Australian Soldier - Female'
    An Australian Soldier
    Solomon Island Operations
    AFPO 62
    Australian Defence Force
    SYDNEY NSW 2890