I don't want to come across as "the charity queen",I don't want to sound like ..me...me...me..I do this...I do that...I just let others know that there are heaps of things you can do for your fellow man.So please don't think I am always saying what I do,it's just me,I would rather "do"for others and that means family first then others,than to "do'for me.I take after my grandparents..much to many in the families disgust lol..
So my last blast at what we are doing as a family this year for others and also the cackle Club and as i have talked to the towns people on my deliveries many more are doing it..I placed my article in our little paper we have for our town"The Aberdeen Whisper"(we even have a web site now through Upper Hunter Council"whoo whoo..) asking for everyone that can to come onboard or join in with a couple of others to make things possible.
Each year I attach a "Tear" certificate for a mosquito net for overseas kids to our kids Christmas stocking,it is only $5 for one and this year we were trying to do shoe boxes for the children overseas,as we are far from the city it just did not happen,all the churches are doing them but I could not get 100 delivered to distribute.So feeling a bit down I Googled what I could do for Australians.
I found a site that has been looking after our Servicemen and women for quite a long time, so we have chosen to do this ,this year.We have high hopes that many soldiers that have no family to receive from will be blessed this Christmas.Our grandchildren have drawn pictures etc to go in the family one and we have put our email address in case the soldier wants to contact us.In the Cackle Club one we are putting a little story about us and Aberdeen and a contact address.
Would you like to join in also..here is everything you need to know.
I did a shop at Woolworths, it came to about $35..but..If you got the listed products by other brands you could do it cheaper,you can add babywipes also as when I read the web site (there are a few) it said they really appreciate them.When my brothe rwas in Vietnam he loved getting packages from home,all I could think of was the mail being handed out and having no family it must be awful anyway just letting you know what is out there.
From now on no more whining from me to think of others,off my soapbox and back to the sewing machine!
drinking choc (individual sachets)
individual small cereal boxes
individual ring pull tuna cans 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)Misc & entertainment
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 cutting/slashing 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)
blank cards (for troops to send home)NO Alcohol to be sent to any troops
board games (some marines have a wonderful photo of them playing twister)
book (try not to send 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
If you would like to do one for the doggies there here is the info.
1 x box dog biscuits
1 x beef bone (not fresh)
3 x "greenies"
1 x tennis ball
and don't forget a couple of
packets of lollies for the
The dogs do a magnificent job
under very trying conditions
and to date, four have lost
their lives serving their
The address is:
An Australian EDD
Australian Defence Force
SYDNEY NSW 2890
This is a fantastic way to help
out our serving soldiers, and
show your support. What
about getting the local kids at
school involved and send some
special packages from them
there are still 4 or 5 weeks
before they finish the year.
Don’t just wait for festive
seasons, our troops serve
overseas all year long. And
don’t forget the Navy and Air