Care packages for Australian troops at Christmas

Did you know you can send a care package to our Australian troops in the Middle East, East Timor, the Solomon Islands or even to the Explosive Detection Dogs in Afghanistan and postage is FREE? 


This is another great way to perform a random act of kindness and practice giving this Christmas season. 


We decided to create our own care package for a soldier in The Solomon Islands!


Firstly you have to purchase a "BM" sized box at the post office, and then we used the list below to fill out box (I took the box with me to the shop to make sure I didn't buy too little or too much). This is what we included:


Instant noodles
Biscuits - Christmas shortbread
Packet of lollies
A packet of rice wheels & a packet of tiny teddies
Gum
Magazine
Socks
A puzzle book
Roll-on deodorant 
Disposable razors 
Tin of spaghetti with a ring pull
Fancy tea bags (in al. foil bag)
Pringles
Muesli Bars
Cup of soup packet
A mini Christmas pudding
Christmas card
Self-addressed envelope (we used a PO box) 



Make sure you weigh your box to check that it is 2kgs or under.



To qualify for free postage, you must adhere to the guidelines set out below. Packages take 4-6 weeks to arrive, so make sure your box is sent about the start of November each year. 

Information from here. 

CARE PACKAGES TO AUSTRALIAN TROOPS

Care packages can be sent free of charge to the Middle East, East Timor and the Solomon Islands so long as they strictly comply with Australia Post guidelines.

Packages can be sent to either male or female personnel or be gender-neutral. 

  In order to qualify for free postage, care packages can weigh no more than 2kg (cubic weight limit) and should be packaged within a “BM” sized box, which are available from Australia Post for approximately two dollars.

You will also be required to fill out some Customs forms and it is suggested that you use a liberal amount of packing tape to ensure that all of the contents arrive at their destination.  

   Address Details:
To send a care package to an Australian soldier, sailor, airman or airwoman 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/Sailor/Airman/Airwoman – Female’

An Australian Soldier
Christmas Mail
Middle East Operations
AFPO 60
Australian Defence Force
SYDNEY NSW 2890  

To send a care package to an Australian soldier, sailor, airman or airwoman 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/Sailor/Airman/Airwoman – Female’

An Australian Soldier
Christmas Mail
East Timor Operations
AFPO 61
Australian Defence Force
SYDNEY NSW 2890    

To send a care package to an Australian soldier, sailor, airman or airwoman in the Solomon Islands, 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/Sailor/Airman/Airwoman – Female’  

An Australian Soldier
Christmas Mail
Solomon Islands Operations
AFPO 62
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                                                 
                                             Christmas Mail                                                 
                                          Middle East Operations                                                 
                                            AFPO 60                                                 
                                             Australian Defence Force                                                 
SYDNEY  NSW  2890    

What can be included in Care Packages?

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.  

Suggestions of what you might like to include:

Toiletries
Deodorant (non aerosol)
Shaving cream (non aerosol)
Small bottle of talcum powder
Disposable razors
Shower Gel
Lip Balm
Perfume samples (non glass)


Food
Instant Noodles
Biscuits
Lollies
Small tinned consumables
Non-perishable foods


Other ideas
Magazines – from Vogue to Men’s or Women's Health
Puzzle books
DVDs
Socks
Letters of support
Stamped, self addressed envelopes – this way soldiers can thank you for the donation

For the explosive detection dogs ƒ 
Box of dog biscuits
Dried beef bones
Toys
Tennis balls
Treats for the handlers

What not to include

• Pornographic material • Alcoholic beverages • Clothing (except socks) • Pork products        • Cigarettes • Chocolate (if sending to warm climates)


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