They kiss their families goodbye, they leave their homes, they spend weeks, months, years, serving on our behalf. It’s time to give something back.
If you are looking for a way to show your gratitude to our Aussie soldiers, then this is a small gesture that will mean so much.
Veteran Service 360 recently shared the news that Australians can send free Christmas care packages to Australian troops serving overseas. While some families probably already know this program exists, we’re betting many don’t.
How it works:
Care packages can be sent free of charge to the Middle East, so long as they strictly comply with Australia Post guidelines, weigh no more than 2kg and are packaged within a “BX2” sized box (available from Australia Post for approximately two dollars).
The cut-off date to send an Aussie soldier care package is 8 December 2017 and you can choose to give to female or male personnel.
Address the package:
An Australian Soldier
Middle East Operations
Australian Defence Force
SYDNEY NSW 2890
What can be included in Care Packages?
This is completely up to you and your kids. The Defence Force recommends items like toiletries (roll-on deodorant, lip balm, shower gel) and non-perishable food (biscuits, lollies, instant noodles). Magazines, puzzle books, DVDs, and – a Christmas staple – socks are also good additions. But leave out the alcohol, porn, pork products, tobacco, chocolate (it will melt in transit) or clothes other than socks.
Get the kids to send a letter of support and a stamped, self addressed envelope in case the receiving soldier wants to send a thank you back.
When you’re away from loved ones, especially over the holidays, a little gift from home makes a world of difference. Teach your children the importance of giving (not just receiving) this Christmas and brighten the day for a very deserving soldier.
For more information about sending an Aussie soldier care package, head to the Defence website.