Friday, September 25, 2009
D is for delivery
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
L is for "lots of lollies"
SOME of Australia's front-line troops in Afghanistan are well fed but many others continue to lose body weight as they struggle for calories.Nutrition is a challenge for the task force and doctors at the Tarin Kowt hospital have expressed serious concerns about malnutrition among troops spending weeks outside the wire. Some Diggers have lost 15kg in a month.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
7SEP09 What to send/What not to send?
We'll start with this list and there'll be a link to this post on the side bar (see "Links to info posts in this blog"). It will have a date when it is updated so that when things are added we'll just change the date.
If anyone has any more items to add please enter them in comments and they will be added to the compilation above. We will endeavour to find other items in the blog and add them, too.
Suggestions for care package contents for service troops in combat zones
Send a letter with an email address and even a self addressed envelope so the troops can reply.
Ask about their living conditions and if they have fridge or microwave available to them then it is easier to know which food items to send, but do not worry if they do not use something troops have been giving it to the chaplain or another unit to pass out to others that might need it.
NO HOMEMADE Food items unless you know the soldier as they get thrown away.
If sending liquid or food products, place them in a snap lock bag 1st in case of leakage
2 minutes noodles
Biscuits (no nut or choc)
Chewing gum (not sugar coated gum but stick gum for hot climates)
Coffee (individual sachets)
Cup of noodles
Drinking choc (individual sachets)
Individual Cereal boxes
Individual pull ring Tuna or sachets
Long life milk (small packs)
Microwave rice (reject shop $2)
Oatmeal (individual sachets)
Pepper (individual sachets)
Powdered energy drinks
Salt (individual sachets)
Sauces & Condiments like mustard etc (individual sachets are good, ask Macca’s if you can have some and why...)
Spices - to go with lamb/goat for example, rosemary, garlic, thyme, Greek spices
Sugar (individual sachets)
Twisties (can also be used as packing in spaces in the box)
NO PORK AT ALL TO BE SENT
Aftershave (they complain they smell)
Air Fresher (non aerosol sprays & the cardboard card ones)
Baby wipes (bulk & travel size)
Deodorant (non aerosol)
Lip Balm (chap sticks)
Razors (NOT the real cheap ones like Bic! Personally I use Schick and I’d only send those, we don’t want them
cuttingslashing themselves to shreds!)
Shaving cream (non aerosol)
Soap (normal & travel size)
Socks (black & white)
Tissues (medium & travel size)
Toilet paper (one roll in a box)
If female troops then add the following
Female hygiene products
Gel or hair spray (non aerosol)
Hairbrush (only send 1)
Misc & entertainment
Batteries (as in 1st box if they need some)
Blank Cards (for troops to sent home)
Board games (some marines have a wonderful photo of them playing twister)
Book (try not to sent romance novels)
Cheap DVDs Please write on cover & disc in permanent marker “Aussie troops property” to avoid theft
Footballs/Basketballs (and a pump)
Magazines (nothing rude)
Music CDs Please write on cover & disc in permanent marker “Aussie troops property” to avoid theft
Other sporting goods
Sport sections of newspapers
Tennis balls (If you have tennis courts nearby you can buy second hand balls cheap – I got some from the University tennis courts $1 each, Slazenger and other brands)
DO NOT SEND CLOTHING except socks
What not to send:
Aside from and in addition to any items prohibited by Australia Post the following are prohibited to be sent to AFPO13 Operation Slipper:
Clothing other than socks
Magazines with naked women
Thanks again, Mandie!