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Monday, December 4, 2017

Christmas Mail 2017

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

Packages can be sent to either male or female personnel and must be posted by 8 DECEMBER 2017.

In order to qualify for free postage, care packages can weigh no more than 2kg (cubic weight limit) and should be packaged within a “BX2” 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
Australian Defence Force

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:
o Deodorant (non aerosol)
o Shaving cream (non aerosol)
o Small bottle of talcum powder
o Disposable razors
o Shower Gel
o Lip Balm

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

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

What not to include
• Pornographic material
• Alcoholic beverages
• Clothing (except socks)
• Pork products
• Cigarettes
• Chocolate (if sending to warm climates)

We know the recipients are most appreciative of the packages and these people are very deserving of our support.

Lifted from DOD site.


Gregoryno6 said...

Hello packagers,

Anyone reveived a thank-you from the front yet? I've received two and they were identical.

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Two types of Thank You, and the mysteriously late Christmas parcels.

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Well, Good reporting is not just presented here. But the kindness as well. I love the message:

"We know the recipients are most appreciative of the packages and these people are very deserving of our support."

In this world wherein almost everything is digital, wouldn't it be nice if the messages and the documents we wanted to send are organized and clean?

... like sending Greeting Cards, sending postcards and sending faxes.

Gregoryno6 said...

November 16 2019.
I'm about to start this year's lot of Christmas packages, and went to the Dod website for information about the closing date.
I'm damn glad I did!
"This year’s Support the Troops Christmas mailing window is:
Monday 11 November to Monday 25 November 2019."
In previous years we had at least four, as I recall.
It appears that DoD are trying to nudge the civilians out of the package process. Not the first time, either.

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