Support our troops this Christmas

November 20, 2010

While most Australians will enjoy Christmas with family and friends, our servicemen and women overseas should be in our thoughts.

The Nationals Duty Senator for New England John Williams is encouraging residents to send a care package to the committed men and women who are serving the nation and will not be with their families for Christmas.

Senator Williams said there are 2,350 uniformed Defence personnel in the Middle East including 1,550 in Afghanistan, 400 in East Timor and smaller numbers in the Solomon Islands, Sudan, Sinai and Egypt.

He said Australia Post offers a free postal service for care packages that weigh up to two kilograms and are sent to Australian Forces Postal Offices.

“People may wish to send toiletries, magazines, non perishable foods or DVD’s. The explosive detection dogs would also welcome boxes of dog biscuits or toys to play with as they are an integral part of our overseas operations.

“Receiving gifts from fellow Australians will be a big boost to the morale of our troops, and I encourage donors to include a stamped self-addressed envelope so the lucky recipient can return a letter of thanks.

“In order to qualify for free postage, the care packages must be two kilos or less and packaged in a “BM” size box which is available for a small cost from Australia Post”.

There are different addresses depending on which country the parcel is being sent to, and my website has the details.

“Alternatively people may drop their gifts in to my office at 144 Byron Street, Inverell, by  December 2 and delivery will be arranged”, Senator Williams said.