If you would like to donate some hand made christmas cards for our serving defence forces this year please post them to:
Please place all cards and envelopes in a clip lock plastic bag with the total number of cards written on the outside of the plastic bag with your name on them. This is important as it assists with counting and packaging of the cards when sorting specific numbers serving in specific regions. It is equally important to put your name on it, so that i can add your name to the many of you all to say thank you for your contribution on the blog roll of wonderful australian card makers who donated this year.
Shame on Me (Tracey): Thank you julie for your post because for the past 3 years, i have had my wonderful helpers behind the scenes and have never publicly thanked them. My friends Marg Henehan, Linda Moore, Helen Reneman and Roslyn Maher have helped me for the past 3 years to prepare the packs for cards for troops days at williamstown Maitland, Glenbrook and Ourimbah. We spend days and days, cutting up cards, cutting all the embellishments and sorting and counting them into packs of 10. Of course the first card in each pack is made as an example, this card is designed by one of us and then there is enough supplies cut up to make 9 more cards the same. This year we made over 100 packs up and each year this amount grows as does cards for the aussie troops. The majority of the products for these cards i purchase out of my own pocket to supply them for cards for troops for christmas and mothers day. However, there are two people who i have never thanked publicly and i am so ashamed that i feel i must let you all know, that since cards for aussie troops started 5 years ago, every year my MUM AND DAUGHTER (just turned 10) have spent hours and hours every year, over many months, sorting all the cards and ensuring each and every one of them had an envelope, counting them into bundles of 80 or 100 to fit in the envelopes for shipping to our troops in Afghanistan, Iraq, East Timor, Samolia, out to the Navy in the pacific ocean and once to egypt and without them all for the past 5 years i would not have been able to do it all on my own. SO MUM AND ELLE I LOVE YOU BOTH MORE THAN LIFE ITSELF AND THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL THE LOVE AND SUPPORT YOU GIVE ME IN MY ENDEAVOURS
I JUST CANT THANK EVERYONE ENOUGH FOR SUPPORTING OUR COLLECTION FOR HAND MADE CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR OUR DIGGERS.
There are so many wonderful card makers out there that have been sending in and donating their wonderful Hand made christmas cards for our diggers and i would love it if you would all join us again this year.
PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD BY SHOWING YOUR SUPPORT AND UPLOADING THE BLINKIE TO YOUR BLOG
MOTHER'S DAY CARD DONATIONS FOR OUR
So we are sending out the call again to all you very talented card makers to ask you all to make and donate some very special mothers day cards, so that we can send them to our diggers to post home to their mums for mothers day.
If we all set aside 15mins to make 1 card each, we could possibly donate enough cards so that each soldier would recieve 1 card each, what a mamoth amount that would be. At the latest I can accept your donations is March 16th, so that we can get them to where they need to go. If everyone could either put a post on their blogs, or get a group together to make and or collect some to assist would be a great help. Any and all help will be greatfully received. Please contact me for postage details
Have you been thinking about our defence forces in Combat zones around the world and wondering about how they will celebrate christmas without their loved ones.
What about the defence men and women that dont have any loved ones to miss them. Lets let all of our defence forces know that we care send them a care package this christmas.
If you know someone overseas in either the RAAF, NAVY or ARMY then please address the package with their name on it or if you dont know of anyone over there please address a Christmas Care package as follows:
AN AUSTRALIAN SOLDIER
Australian Defence Force
SYDNEY NSW 2890
IF YOU KEEP ALL PACKAGES UNDER 2kg, each AUSTRALIA POST WILL SEND THEM FOR FREE. PLEASE READ BELOW TO SEE WHAT YOU CAN AND CANNOT SEND IN THESE CARE PACKAGES.
SUPPORTING OUR TROOPS OVERSEAS.
You can send packages to our troops for FREE as long as the packages are under 2 kg. Take your parcel to the Post Office, fill out the Custom Declaration form and it's gone.
Address to send packages is:
AN AUSTRALIAN SOLDIER
Australian Defence Force
SYDNEY NSW 2890
Items which cannot be sent are alcohol, tobacco, perishables and PORN.
Some of the things that are accepted and not accepted are listed below.
NO HOMEMADE food items unless you know the soldier as they get thrown away.
NO PORK AT ALL TO BE SENT
NO ALCOHOL, NO CLOTHING EXCEPT SOCKS, AEROSOLS, CIGARETTES & NAKED WOMEN MAGAZINES.
If sending liquid or food products, place them in a snap lock bag 1st in case of leakage. When sending items please mark all items " AUSSIE TROOPS PROPERTY " in permanent marker on everything to avoid theft.
2 minute noodles
Biscuits ( no nut or choc)
Coffee ( Individual sachets)
Cup of noodles
Drinking Choc ( indivdual sachetes)
Individual cereal Boxes
Individual pull ring Tuna or sachets
Long life mil (small packs)
Microwave Rice (reject shop $2)
Oatmeal (individual sachets)
Pepper (individual sachets)
Powered energy Drinks
Salt (individual sachets)
Sauces & Condiments like mustard etc (individual sachets are good, ask Macdonald's if you can have some
and why you would like them)
Spices - to go with lamb/goat
i.e. rosemary, garlic, thyme, greek spices
Sugar (individual sachets)
Twisties ( are good for fill in packaging in boxes)
Air fresher ( Card style NO aerosols)
Baby wipes ( Bulk & Travel size)
Deodorant ( NON AEROSOL)
Lip Balm ( Chap Sticks)
Razors (Non disposables)
Shaving Cream (NON Aerosol)
Soap ( Normal &Travel Size)
Socks ( Black & White)
Toilet paper ( 1 roll per package)
Tooth Brush & Tooth Paste
FOR FEMALE TROOPS HYGIENE YOU MAY SEND THE FOLLOWING:
Feminine Hygiene products: i.e. Tampons, napkins etc
Gel or Hair Spray ( NON Aerosol)
Hairbrush ( only send 1)
ENTERTAINMENT & Misc:
Blank Cards (Troops to send Home)
Footballs, Basketballs (and pump)
Magazines and Newspapers ( NO explicit)
other sporting goods
REMEBER: WRITE ON ALL ITEMS " AUSSIE TROOPS PROPERTY "
Why not just send one, to let our defence forces know that we care about them.