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Soldiers & Explosive Detection Dogs Care Packages

Discussion in 'The Pub' started by Seth clan, Dec 7, 2010.

  1. I just wanted to ask people to consider sending care packages to our troops overseas as some do not have families to get them stuff. It's not expensive to send and a great way to thank them for the great job their doing in keeping us safe this joyous season.

    Here's a link with further information.

    You must purchase a BM sized box from Australia Post which is $2.15. 2kg and less are posted for free. If you go over 2kg you must pay the entire postage cost. One of ours was 2.010kg and cost $7.70. You will also have to fill out a custom declaration form.

    Just to give you guys some ideas on what to send, we sent the following:-

    Soldier (Male):-
    4pk thick work socks
    Natio Mens Body Wash
    Natio Mens Face Wash
    1pk of Anzac biscuits*
    1pk of Snakes*
    Half a pk of Fantales*
    Half a box of flavoured coffee sachets (5)*
    3pk wet wipes*
    1pk of gum*
    1 tube of vegemite*

    Soldier (Female):-
    Natio Manicure gift pk including manicure set + handcream
    Tube of Lucas Pawpaw ointment
    2 tins of tuna
    *Same stuff above

    Explosive Detection Dogs & Handler:-
    Box of Scooby-Doo Dog biscuits
    Box (5pk) Schmackos beef bones
    Pk of Dentabones
    2 x tennis balls
    1 x dog toy (rope with tennis ball)
    Pk of Allens Snakes
    Pk of Fantales

    Latter 2 are for the dog handlers ;)

    Prohibited items include:-
    Alcohol & Cigarettes
    Pornographic materials
    Chocolates (melts)
    Clothing except socks
    Any pork materials

    Other stuff you can send include:-
    - Puzzle books ie. Sudoku/Find a word
    - Poker set/pk of cards
    - Mini/travel pk game boards
    - Magazines (Ralph & FHM allowed)
    - Paperbacks

    Due date is December 15.
  2. I think I will do that
  3. I think the best support would be to bring them home.
  4. that's outta your hands though.

    so giving them something while they're deployed at least gives them a taste of home.
  5. I support this initiative but question why soldiers are afforded this type of support. They are there to do a job and are justly/unjustly compensated, just like most people. They face greater danger than normal and are away from family and friends but isn’t this expected when they signed up? Being in the armed forces isn’t compulsory in Australia, they chose that life just as most people here chose our own different professions (in most cases without receiving/expecting any praise).

    I would honestly rather send gift packages to the more vulnerable members of our society who had no choice in being in the situation they are in.
  6. A great thing about living in Australia is that you're not obliged to contribute to any charitable cause you don't wish to whilst being at complete liberty to cough up for those you do.

    But yes, I do get your point.
  7. Already donating to several charities and have been for many years. It gets deducted from my account every month so im pretty used to it and dont even notice it anymore.

    I do think that people should help out families of dead soldiers.

  8. Serving your country can be a thankless task at the best of times, but to feel alone in a hostile country would be a morale killer for sure. Sending soldiers sworn to selflessly protect others some morale sounds like a noble cause to me :)
  9. My cousins a dig in 3RAR. He purposely transferred halfway across the country to a unit that had a greater chance of deployment. Guys in the ADF would sell their grandmothers for a chance to be deployed. The cav units (which seem on constant rotation) are impossible to get into at the moment - every man and his MWD is trying to transfer in.
  10. I can confirm this, my brother in law has spent the last decade in the CAV and is a Sgt about to be redeployed to Afgan again, he's almost been on constant deployment. Has done Timor, Iraq, Afgan.. he was an instructor for a couple of years at the school of armour but transferred back to a front line cav unit so he'd get deployed to Afgan.

    They don't want to come home, they've trained for this task all their careers and want to ply their trade. They also believe in what they are doing regardless of the politics behind it.

    Might not agree with some the reasons that got us there, but now that we are we have a duty of care to see it through... not just cut and run once the novelty has worn off.