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Give our troops a special gift

Monday, 19th December, 2011

CARE PACKAGE: Secretary of the local National Servicemen’s Association, Merrilyn Pedergnana, with her package for a female  soldier. CARE PACKAGE: Secretary of the local National Servicemen’s Association, Merrilyn Pedergnana, with her package for a female soldier.

Whether you support the war in Afghanistan or not, spare a thought for the Australian soldiers over there this Christmas.

If you would like to do something more than that, you may send a digger a care package. 

Some of the troops might not have family who are able to send them gifts of things they might need or that make their time over there a bit easier. They may also need a bit of cheering up.

Secretary and life member of National Servicemen’s Association, Merrilyn Pedergnana, is asking BH people to contribute.

“The National Servicemen’s Association has sent a box for a male soldier, female soldier and an explosives detection dog,” she said.

“I would like the public to get behind it and send their own packages. It is a long way from home.

“Just send something to say we are thinking of them.

“I would like to see groups of employees put in and send a box. It is probably going to cost $20 and what is $20?

“It is good community spirit.”

To send a care package to a soldier in Afghanistan you need to buy a “BM” size box, which weighs 175 grams, from Australia Post for $2.25.

The staff at the Post Office will give you custom forms to fill out. If the box, after being packed weighs less than two kilograms, Australia Post will send it free.

You can send your gift to a male soldier, a female soldier or an explosives detection dog.

Things that can be sent include Lynx Shower Gel (travel size), packets of disposable razors, non-aerosol shaving cream, roll-on deodorant, small baby powder, chap sticks, bags of Allen’s lollies, beef instant noodles, scotch finger biscuits and canned tuna (with the pull ring).

For a female soldier you could include feminine deodorant, perfume sample sachets or some magazines - just make sure you address the package to a female soldier.

For the dogs people can send biscuits, beef bones (not fresh), toys and tennis balls or maybe even throw in some packets of lollies for the handlers.

People are encouraged to buy things they think soldiers may enjoy but they are not allowed to send alcohol, clothing (except for socks), aerosols, cigarettes, pork, chocolate or nudie magazines.

Packages must be addressed to:

An Australian Soldier

Op Slipper

AFPO 13

Australian Defence Force

Sydney NSW 2890

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