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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Where are they?

Here is a link to the Department of Defence site which informs the location of Australian military members who are deployed around the world.

31 comments:

A Blessed Life said...

Just a little note to let you know we had 2 beautiful thank you letters for packages sent..it made us so thrilled that we were doing them,we were to start making the scarves but I have health issues so at the moment we are getting packages organised for Christmas so we should have plenty ready by then...we will do them another time,I know many others are doing quilts and laundry bags and eventually we will join in but for now it will be packages for us.

kae said...

Hi Carol
Those parcels look awesome!
My mum gives me money for goodies for my parcels, too.
I sent about 16 and the RSL here sent 38 about six weeks ago for ANZAC Day.
Haven't heard anything, but I'm not concerned.
Can you email or post here links to the laundry bags and other crafty things which would be useful for our military overseas? I want to write a post for crafty people.
Links to patterns/instructions etc would be great!
Thanks

Auntie Dinnar said...

I received a lovely letter today from a parcel recipient. Glad to know my parcels were received, and so quickly! It's about 6 weeks since I posted them.

kae said...

Hi Squeaky
I got a thank you letter from a recipient week before last.
I think I've found someone to make sand scarves for the RSL Sub-Branch.

Auntie Dinnar said...

The dude at the post office really struggled with the idea of it being postage free, I was a bit concerned but getting a letter made me relax, as he obviously figured it out ie. asked a growed up!!

Gregoryno6 said...

Kae, Nilk, BoaB,
I've just done a piece on my blog about Landstuhl, the US military hospital in Germany where Diggers wounded in Afghanistan are treated before coming home. Would it be possible to send parcels to the soldiers while they're in treatment there?

A Blessed Life said...

Hi folks, just wanted you to know that we posted 25 boxes in the Anzac mail out and have sent 9 special request ones to the Chaplim recently, we have just sent 25 to Egypt as we did not know we had troops there and the Quilters are getting a quilt to them all,also we are sending books to Afghanistan this week,so it is ongoing and we are loving helping,I need to try and record these things .

Janice said...

Hi,
I'm a newbie with the whole care package for an Australian military personnel and EDD.
I was wondering if tinned can dog foods are allowed to be packaged?
Or are they only allowed biscuits and treats?

Cheers

kae said...

Hi Janice
I wouldn't send tinned dog food, it's a weight thing. I'm sure the dogs get fed well!
That's why the treats, they're light, and don't forget treats for the handler! Nice coffee/tea, Aussie lollies... chupa chups and lollypops go well, too.

Janice said...

Thanks a lot, Kae :) Will do!

Anonymous said...

http://aussieheroquilts.blogspot.com.au/

Hi kae
here is the link for quilts and laundry bags
Daisy

Janice said...

Hi Kae,
So I need a little bit of help!!
So I've got my package ready with all goodies inside.
I've got the customs douane - so in the detailed description, what would I write? Would I list the contents in the box?
Would I tick the Gift box?

Sorry for all the questions!!
Thanks:)

kae said...

Hi Janice
Ok, say my parcel has a DVD, shampoo, baby wipes, some cuppa soups, lollies, coffee/tea.
That'd be snack food, DVD, toiletries.
The dollar amount I usually put on is $10, and it's a gift.

Anonymous said...

Hi,

If I wanted to just a letter, would the address still be the same? Either to be sent to Afghanistan or East Timor?

Thanks.

Anonymous said...

**To just send a letter

kae said...

Hi
Yes, send a letter to the same addresses as for the parcels.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm sure you have already covered this..... I'm new inboard with these care packages. My family are making up boxes for Xmas. Can you pretty please once again confirm the addresses to send the Xmas care packages to and also what date can we start sending the Xmas packages and what is the cut off date???
Thanks ;)

kae said...

Hi Anon
Christmas mail usually has its own address, and starts in November and finishes in about the first week in December. The Department of Defence usually publishes the dates for Christmas mail.
You can send mail any time to the addresses we show - if it is near Christmas mail time they will all go together if they are for anonymous recipients.
Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Will you get the addresses for the Xmas mail? Or should I look for them elsewhere and if so where? Sorry x

kae said...

As soon as the addresses are available for Christmas mail they'll be up on this blog.
Please note, as I said before, you can send Christmas mail to the ordinary addresses we provide here before the official Christmas addresses are supplied (which is usually in late October or early November).

Anonymous said...

Ok thank you very much for all your help xxx

Diane Leigh Renard said...

hi guys. We.have had some lovely replies and it was truely humbling for me, as if our men and women don't have enough to do without putting pen to paper for a genuine thank you. We are just so glad we are able to do something even if it is only a small gesture by way of a few warm thoughts and gifts from home. Looking forward to sending some packs for Christmas and am making a point of sending some cards for our people to send to their loved ones back home here, am sure greeting cards and the like would be hard to obtain over there
have a good week everyone, diane/betty burqa

kae said...

Hi Diane
Yes, it is wonderful to receive a thank you when it's not expected.
Don't wait to send a parcel at Christmas, parcels can be sent year round!

Anonymous said...

I just found this site after googling for an Aussie support for our troops. Had not even thought about sending packages before which is extremely remiss of me, then got a link to a US one, and thought hang on there will be an Aussie one somewhere! And here it is :)
Thank you

kae said...

Good on you, Anonymous.

That's why Boy on a Bike, Nilk and I started up this site!

Auntie Dinnar said...

I know it's only early October, but I've started collecting stuff for Christmas boxes. The shops are full of cool stuff like popcorn and lollies. Olympic lollies are now reduced, so I've bought quite a few packets of boxing kangaroos! I'm wondering when to post it for Christmas or do I write Christmas on the box????? Help????

kae said...

Hi Squeaky (Aunty Dinnar)
Usually the Christmas mail is four to six weeks up to the end of the first week in December.
The local RSL here has already done their Christmas mailout.

Auntie Dinnar said...

May hang on to them for another 2 weeks so they go in the Christmas mail out.

kae said...

Hi again, Squeaky!
Last year we sent our parcels in good time to go with the Christmas Mailout.
The parcels weren't delivered until about mid February due to logistical issues with really cold weather - the parcels have to wait if there are operational problems with logistics involving necessary movement of supplies, etc.
They were still very much appreciated for the late Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Hi

When is the date for the cut off to send Christmas care packages please I cant seem to find it anywwwhre only old ones

Also please tell me what are "greenies" which are metioned on the list to send to the EDD's and cos there is a no pork I gather that is also for the EDD's too with the Middle East and Afghanstan? and what do you mean not endorsed by DOD's?

and the long list of addresses are the ones we send too

Thankyou so much
Cat

kae said...

Hi Cat

The dates haven't been released yet by the DOD (Department of Defence). They will probably be close to the same dates for the mailout last year.

No pork products of any kind are to be sent to the Middle East. Please pay attention to restrictions, whether they're banned imports or they are not safe to fly, it’s best not to break these rules. In the Middle East it is illegal to import pork or pork products, doesn't matter what they are for.

I'm not sure what you mean when you mention greenies, can you tell me which post in the blog they are at? I can check and see what is meant by that.

The normal addresses to send parcels to military members deployed overseas are in the right column of this blog and they are specific to the areas where our military members are serving (they are serving on other areas, but these may not be publicised, or there are very few Aussies represented there).