Advice please - SOS gifts for squaddies in AFG

#1
At my place of work in Worcester, there's a big bin collecting morale boosters for troops in AFG.

"Aha!" I thought - equal opps head on: "I'll buy a grot mag for the guys (and gay gals?) and a copy of Cosmo or some such for the remainder of the population".

Then I noticed the small print that says anything faintly porn-like will be filtered out and destroyed en route (presumably by being thumbed into oblivion by some RAF Snowdropn JNCO . . . )

Point is -

a. I want to know what gifts would likely be best appreciated out there (any kind of treat), and

b. Which magazines are currently the favoured guys/gals reading/ogling material ?.

Then I can badger my family, colleagues and friends the more effectively.

Over to you.
 
#4
slick said:
Have a look at this SOS page, its got a couple of posters listing suitable items. I`ve been told recently that boot laces are particularly needed (150-160cm).
Feck me - I thought it was just helis, armour, more troops and DfID support they were short of out there . . . :x
 
#5
Stonker said:
slick said:
Have a look at this SOS page, its got a couple of posters listing suitable items. I`ve been told recently that boot laces are particularly needed (150-160cm).
Feck me - I thought it was just helis, armour, more troops and DfID support they were short of out there . . . :x
It does seem sad doesn`t it, the local SOS lady said she`s been asked for them as some of the lads are having to use bits of wire when their laces break and they can`t get replacements for them from stores.
 
#6
Bump

So far all the suggestions i've had are haribo and laces

The key question, however, is "Which - if any - magazines would be most appreciated?"
 
#7
slick said:
Stonker said:
slick said:
Have a look at this SOS page, its got a couple of posters listing suitable items. I`ve been told recently that boot laces are particularly needed (150-160cm).
Feck me - I thought it was just helis, armour, more troops and DfID support they were short of out there . . . :x
It does seem sad doesn`t it, the local SOS lady said she`s been asked for them as some of the lads are having to use bits of wire when their laces break and they can`t get replacements for them from stores.
I can't believe there is a shortage of green string / paracord.

msr
 
#8
can someone point me in the direction of somewhere to get the names and address of some guys and girls to send some parcles to.
I have heard that you cant just address them to A Soldier anymore and I would like to start sending out some parcles, I have no connections to any of the armed forces so dont really know where to start looking.
Im mainly looking to send Jerky, sweets and it seems boot laces but any suggesting would be good.
And without taking the piss to much can you tell me, would there be a call for vegetarian snacks, I have no idea but plenty to send if they would be welcomed.
 
#9
Pilsbury93 said:
can someone point me in the direction of somewhere to get the names and address of some guys and girls to send some parcles to.
I have heard that you cant just address them to A Soldier anymore and I would like to start sending out some parcles, I have no connections to any of the armed forces so dont really know where to start looking.
Im mainly looking to send Jerky, sweets and it seems boot laces but any suggesting would be good.
And without taking the piss to much can you tell me, would there be a call for vegetarian snacks, I have no idea but plenty to send if they would be welcomed.
yup, meet me at the mosque in Luton on friday...i can pass you a few names and adresses!!






edited to add....you're unlikely to get a sensible response for a question (however well meaning) like that here!!
 
#10
I have noticed since I joined a few weeks ago but no harm trying, just thought I would ask, might need to start trying to bribe people by offering free jerky but will hold off on that for a while and see if I can find someone serving to post it to
 
#11
Pilsbury93 said:
I have noticed since I joined a few weeks ago but no harm trying, just thought I would ask, might need to start trying to bribe people by offering free jerky but will hold off on that for a while and see if I can find someone serving to post it to
Start here - you and I seem to be in the same boat
 
#12
http://www.supportoursoldiers.co.uk/carepackages.html

If you would like to send a parcel but do not have a named person to send to then we can offer you the following options:-
Parcels or parcel fillers may be sent to our Head Office -

Support Our Soldiers
Operations House
2 Whitley Street
Bingley
BD16 4JH

*Please note inland postage will need to be paid

Suggested Parcel Items
Toiletries
Toothpaste
Toothbrushes
Shampoo
Conditioner
Shower Gel
Roll on Deodorant
Razors
Shaving Gel
Talcum Powder
Foot Powder
Cotton Buds
Wet/Moist Wipes
Tissues
Lip Salve
Travel Wash
Sanitary Protection
Savoury Snacks
Pringles
Crisps
Nuts
Pork Scratchings
Beef Jerky
Savoury Rice
Noodles
Oatcakes
Crackers
Stock Cubes
Packet Soups
Sweet Snacks
Fruit/Cereal Bars
Fruit Flakes
Dried Fruit
Shortbread
Small Cakes
Biscuits
Small Tins Fruit
Packets Custard
Evaporated Milk
Condensed Milk
Confectionery
Travel sweets
Toffee
Fudge
Mars Bars, etc
Chocolate Raisins
Chocolate Peanuts
Energy Sweets
Love Hearts, etc
Fruit Pastilles, etc
Lollipops
Mints
Chewing Gum
Clothing
Socks/Undies
T Shirts
Underwear
Recreation
Paperback Books
Magazines
Puzzle Books
Sport Programmes
Playing Cards
Travel Games
Jigsaws
Pens
Pencils
Notebooks
Artists Paints
Sketch Books
Batteries
Pharmacy
Imodium
Rennie
Paracetamol
Plasters
Insect Repellant
Sun Screen
Misc
Boot Laces
Blank Greetings
Cards
Message of Support
 
#16
My plan is to make up 1/2 doen boxes and take them to my SOS rep but include a letter saying I would like to ship direct so anyone who wants a box let me hav a name and adderss and tell me what they really want.
Seems the best way to get started
 
#17
How many times have i got to ask before somone tells me

WHAT MAGAZINES ARE BEST APPRECIATED BY SQUADDIES IN AFGHANISTAN?

I can get all the generic answers listed above from the SOS website - I was really, really hoping for something a little bit moire detailed . . . :roll:
 
#18
Pilsbury93 said:
My plan is to make up 1/2 doen boxes and take them to my SOS rep but include a letter saying I would like to ship direct so anyone who wants a box let me hav a name and adderss and tell me what they really want.
Seems the best way to get started
Just take them to your SOS rep or get them to collect and be happy with that. No one on here or elsewhere is likely to give you a name or address of any member of the armed forces so you can ship them direct.

Stonker, the information about mags is avoid any porn/lads/top shelf type.
 
#19
Stonker said:
How many times have i got to ask before somone tells me

WHAT MAGAZINES ARE BEST APPRECIATED BY SQUADDIES IN AFGHANISTAN?

I can get all the generic answers listed above from the SOS website - I was really, really hoping for something a little bit moire detailed . . . :roll:
Just about anything non-pornographic, even comics and womens mags for the ladettes whatever you send will be well read by everyone anyway.
 
#20
sunami said:
Stonker said:
How many times have i got to ask before somone tells me

WHAT MAGAZINES ARE BEST APPRECIATED BY SQUADDIES IN AFGHANISTAN?

I can get all the generic answers listed above from the SOS website - I was really, really hoping for something a little bit moire detailed . . . :roll:
Just about anything non-pornographic, even comics and womens mags for the ladettes whatever you send will be well read by everyone anyway.
Look - I am an old non-PC git, whose 1970s youth was fuelled by Knave, Mayfair and Forum (at the then-non-pornographic end of the reading scale).

I've had more than my fair share of runs-in with the fun police in recent years, so - tell me: according to current rules, where does porn start? Nuts ? FHM? Mens Health? GQ? Cosmo? Or wot?

It's not a matter of me exercising my innate bad taste.I just want to know - before I go and spend my pension - what will get past the filtration machine, and actually reach the boys'n'girls, and get read (or at least enthusiastically viewed :wink: . ) by many in the front line, and not a few shiny-arrse wasters in the rear?

So - wot are the top titles?
 

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