Please note:

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.


Sunday, October 20, 2013

2013 Christmas Mail - open from 1 November to 9 December 2013

Please remember, keep the parcels unisex (don't specifically make them for male or female), and don't send any treats or food for the dogs.

The address is:

An Australian Defence Member
Australian Defence Force NSW 2890

More information here.

We hope this will be the last time for a while that we need to send packages to support our troops deployed overseas!

(Although there will always be service personnel deployed overseas for various reasons, just not in the numbers we have in one place at the moment.)


carole johnston said...

Hi Kaye, Just thought I would update you on our little towns activities as I started off with your blog.Last year we posted 179 care packages setting a goal this year to go beyond that and we have just sent off our batch making it 219.
I have been especially blessed to have been able to be a part of where we send to personally named troops,we also have a 2 young boys that help me and we have named them Care Package Cadets, the troops love these boys and we just love doing what we do, we have been so lucky to have been able to send over 21 boxes for sharing this week as it has been way over a month now that the wonderful troops over there have had no store and we were able to supply their needs.We will be continuing sending as usual, we have also been able to supply balaclavas and beanies through their winter and sent chidrens knitteds to a chaplin for some of the orphans that are around the base. I think Aberdeen is an amazing little town we tell the troops we are an ordinary little town, full of ordinary people, wanting the thank them for their extraordinary job they do. We have so many wonderful letters back and one of the men is coming to town for Anzac day.Our 2 schools and pre school paint pictures and we include them and the folk over there send back pics of the walls lined with them many saying it makes their day, thats just a little catch up.Happy packaging...Carole

Gregoryno6 said...

Does this address supersede the Op Slipper address for troops in Afghanistan?

kae said...

Hi No. 6

This address is the Christmas Mail address.

You can still send any time using the other address as long as you ensure that none of the regulations on what to send are broken - unfortunately there was a problem with some things which were sent, don't know what the problem was, but the RSL was advised to suspend care packages. I never heard anything back and I'm on the committee for the local Sub-Branch.

Gregoryno6 said...

Thanks, Kae. But the latest news is that most of our people will be home from Afghanistan by Christmas anyhow.
Looks like I need a Plan B.

Karinne said...

Hello everyone,
with the recent plan from the government saying that most troops will be pulled out by Christmas, do we still send the Christmas boxes? thanks

kae said...


The link in the post is to a letter from the Assistant Minister for Defence and it talks about sending parcels for Christmas 2013.

They won't all be leaving before Christmas. said...

On the website it doesnt confirm if you need to pay for postage or not. I know in the past that Australia post didnt charge postage.
Do you know if this is still the case?

kae said...

Parcels under 2kg using the specified sized box from Australia Post and sent using the Military Mail attract no postage.

Australia Post carries them for free.

Anonymous said...


I am interested in sending a package to an Australian soldier overseas, though I have a few questions.

1. Because photo ID has to be shown, does that mean the sender must be older than 18?
2. Are all the troops from Afghanistan home yet? I have read some posts that not all of them will be back by Christmas, but it's a new year (by a month, but still!) and I was wondering if I could still send a care package.
3. Is it recommended to send an envelope so the soldier who received the package can reply to you?
4. Do the care packages sent to the address provided on your website go to troops in Afghanistan, or anywhere our soldiers are deployed?

Thanks a bunch, and I am sorry if any of these questions are already previously answered.
Thanks for your help, and I look forward to hearing back :)

kae said...

Photo ID is required to show the person sending the parcel is legitimate and not sending anything unsavoury, it's a necessary precaution. If you are under 18 and have no photo ID you may not be able to send a parcel.
The self addressed envelope and writing paper (or envelopes and writing paper) allow the recipient to reply if they can, an email address is good as many have email access. However, do not expect a reply as they can get busy and writing a letter may be the last thing on their minds.
Please hang on and I will check what is going on with parcels.
It may take a little time.

Anonymous said...

Ok, thank-you so much!

Anonymous said...

Also, would things such as iTunes gift cards be acceptable? I'm unsure about that.
Thanks once again

Gregoryno6 said...

Just a follow up...
I addressed my packages c/- Operation Slipper, and it appears they got through. I received a thank you letter from an RAAF corporal.