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This website was set up to get parcels to Australian Soldiers/Sailors/Airmen/Airwomen deployed overseas.

You are welcome to cut and paste information and use it to support sending parcels to our service members serving overseas, however, when you do cut and paste please link back to Ocean Sky & Khaki to acknowledge OSK, and so that people can find the blog themselves.

If there are questions one of us will answer if you comment on a post at the blog.


Saturday, March 23, 2013

2013 April 12 ANZAC Day Parcel Delivery Deadline

The deadline for mail to Operation Slipper for ANZAC Day is 12 April, 2013.
For members of the public wishing to send parcels to deployed personnel for Anzac Day 2013, the Australian Forces Post Office box address below will be open until 12 April.

An Australian Defence Member
Australian Defence Force NSW 2890
In order to ensure an equitable distribution of parcels it is requested that all donations be gender-neutral, and be addressed to ‘An Australian Defence Member’, not to a specific job title, trade or unit member.
Please note Defence can not accept care packages for Military Working Dogs or Explosive Detection Dogs due to strict care requirements relating to both their diet and their training programs.
Link to DOD Press Release regarding ANZAC Day parcel deadline.

Thanks to Julieanne!


Anonymous said...

I wanted to start sending care packages to our troops but i heard that you could only do this twice a year- ANZAC day and Christmas, is that true?

kae said...

Hi Anonymous
I haven't heard that you can't send parcels at any other time, it's just the ANZAC Day and Christmas ones which have a deadline.
I've provided a link to the news release in the body of the post.
Please take note of the things which cannot be sent and don't send perishables.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for replying, i appreciate it, i've been going around in circles for a while :)

Anonymous said...

Oh and does it always have to be gender neutral can you create packages specific to men and women? And can it be addressed specifically for Soldiers etc or is it just general?

kae said...

Gender neutral means that.

There are many more males over there than females.

Send coffee, tea (a good brew is really appreciated), lollies from Australia (minties, etc).

I send small bottles of shampoo, the Avon stuff, combined shampoo and conditioner it's unisex!

Don't send toys or food for the dogs, as per the instructions on the linked press release from the Department of Defence.

Anonymous said...

Im sorry i wasn't specific, what i meant was if i was sending a package any other time (so not ANZAC day) would that rule still apply? I did see the link, Thanks for taking the time to respond.

kae said...

Yes, I'd say that all parcels should be gender neutral.

Perhaps they were getting too many for women and not enough for men?

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad I've stumbled across this site, it's great!

Do you happen to know how it is decided who the care packages are given to? I like to think its going to people that might not get much otherwise... but I'm not sure. Can you shed any light from your experience?

kae said...

Hi Anonymous

If you'd like your parcel to go to someone specifically needy try addressing it to The Chaplain, and use the address at the right.

The address above was only for the ANZAC Day mailings.

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kae

That's a good idea. I'm using the 'Op Slipper, AFPO 13' address as I send all year round.

So I'm guessing the Chaplin will understand what's meant when they receive a package and pass it on?

Essentially I don't mind who it goes to, all are clearly deserving. But I always think it must be disheartening to watch while someone else often gets a package, and hope it'll be shared, rather than have one of their own.

kae said...

Put a note in the parcel for the Chaplain to distribute the parcel - they do share the contents, if there's enough to share and if there's something in there they don't like (some lolly they don't like or something) they'll swap and share with others. Toiletries and the like are stored where anyone can get them if the recipient can't use them.

Anonymous said...

Hello, I have a bit of an odd query here... I recently received a lovely Thankyou card from a soldier who received one of my parcels... no prob there as my name and address was on the box as the sender. The slightly odd thing is that my sister, who lives overseas, received a postcard for her kids from the same soldier. it was one of the postcards I had included in the parcel, and all it said was Thankyou for the parcel, and a little note about the weather, so all ok there... here's the odd bit. I never put in any details in my parcel other than my own, and did not mention my overseas relatives. So how might this soldier have got their address etc? The person has enclosed his full name, and postage details, so I don't think it's anything too weird, and I have actually Been able to confirm he is a serving soldier where he states. Any thoughts??

kae said...

You have the soldier's name and address. How about you write to him/her and ask?

I have no idea!

Anonymous said...

I'm going to do just that... I just wondered if anyone else had had a similar experience. it's a first for me!

kae said...

A couple of years ago I got a thankyou phonecall from a soldier's mum. He'd tried to email me but mistook a u for a v in my email address and couldn't get through to me.
He sent his mum my details and she phoned me on Christmas day morning to thank me.
She lives within 20 kilometres of me!!

USA Address said...

You can put a note in the parcel for the Chaplain to distribute the parcel - they do share the contents, if there's enough to share