Comfort Boxes.

#1
I'm following on from the link given here, and this has probably been covered a couple of years ago, but I couldn't find any obvious trace of it, so please bear with me...

In his article on the above thread Max Hastings mentions sending a 'comfort box' via the BFPO system to the blokes in the sandy place. Very easy if you have a relative or a mate out there, but not if you just want to help generally (http://www.bfpo.org.uk/customercareunit.htm#faqoptelic3 gives some pointers, but says charity boxes can't be sent to the blokes generally, they have to be sent to a specific individual), so it got me to thinking with my charitable cap on, what would be the mileage in organising something more in the public eye? Something that involved a big organisation possibly putting their name to it and even helping out with the logistics of collecting the magazines and sweeties. Presumably BFPO would deal with the overseas bit.

The advantages are obvious; the blokes get lots of free goodies and their sterling work gets more recognition by Joseph Public than the occasional looking up from his microwave meal when another squaddie sadly pulls off the Iraqi highway in the worst possible place, which to be honest, is the only time Telic hits the news anymore. Given the number of Arssers in al manner of positions in both the Army system and CivDiv it seems we are uniquely placed to put something together like this and at the end of the day, what harm can it do? Regardless of one's view of the Iraq war, everyone seems to have sympathy for the blokes out there and it would be a foolish and heartless public figure/company/corporation who refused to support the idea.

I've put this in the Naafi because I know this is where the majority of you perverts gather and I wanted the maximum possible feedback, but obviously if it is better placed somewhere else feel free to move it. Equally, if the idea is pants, don't hold your fire.

As if you would. :D
 
#2
I don't think it's pants, but you need to explain yourself more, are you sort of thinking of a one off, a montly trawl to send, one per tour or what, explain your plan more.
 
#3
307 said:
I don't think it's pants, but you need to explain yourself more, are you sort of thinking of a one off, a montly trawl to send, one per tour or what, explain your plan more.
Okay....Something in every high street, where you can drop off new and used (not sticky please) lads mags etc (not porn, just blokey), books, dvds, cds, anything etc. A possible link up with an existing charity who would have a high street presence. That sort of thing.
 
#5
what about a charity shop such as Oxfam as a drop off point?
 
#6
I'm a member of a (sad,I know) scale model society (ARC Forums) and the US forces regulary recieve hobby kits,ect from home,sent to a drop mailbox from home,donated by members of the site or the public.
Good idea.....
 
#8
True dozybint, although a large supermarket chain may be happy to donate a corner?, who knows, they may even donate a few goodies as well?
 
#9
DozyBint said:
bossyboots said:
what about a charity shop such as Oxfam as a drop off point?
They'd probably see it as in conflict (excuse the pun) with their ethos.
Yeah, they would.....

I think if it got more in the public eye perhaps like more in the national media (hopefully some journos watching this) perhaps get something like Operation Christmas child going with people sending in shoe boxs full of goodies.
 
#14
Awol said:
DozyBint said:
bossyboots said:
what about a charity shop such as Oxfam as a drop off point?
They'd probably see it as in conflict (excuse the pun) with their ethos.
Red Cross Shops?
All we can do is ask, but I'm not sure that the Red Cross would be keen either. The legitimacy of the Red Cross / Crescent / Crystal is secured by their neutrality, so I don't think they'd been keen to be seen to be supporting soldiers. I know that they have a role with POWs, but not soldiers on active service.
 
#15
DozyBint said:
Awol said:
DozyBint said:
bossyboots said:
what about a charity shop such as Oxfam as a drop off point?
They'd probably see it as in conflict (excuse the pun) with their ethos.
Red Cross Shops?
All we can do is ask, but I'm not sure that the Red Cross would be keen either. The legitimacy of the Red Cross / Crescent / Crystal is secured by their neutrality, so I don't think they'd been keen to be seen to be supporting soldiers. I know that they have a role with POWs, but not soldiers on active service.
Yep, you're right Dozy.

However, there must be someone with access to the higher echelons of a big name company with high street outlets. The publicity for them would be priceless.
 
#16
there is already or there was a charity that did boxes got one on telic 3 the scottish water was appreciated :lol:
wish i could remeber the web address.
 
#17
Awol said:
However, there must be someone with access to the higher echelons of a big name company with high street outlets. The publicity for them would be priceless.
I think that the combination of previously mentioned RBL + large supermarket would be worth exploring. The RBL gives the scheme legitimacy and the supermarkets might be up for some free publicity for hosting the donation sites, even if they don't actually want to donate to the boxes themselves.
 
#19
I think Smooj is onto something there (as opposed to being on something, for a change!).

Tesco are indeed becoming ever more involved in supplies the NAAFI shops outside of the UK; it would probably not take a great deal to convince them of the increased profile (and associated benefits) of supporting this type of venture - it would certainly save them dragging up even more B list celebs to voice-over their latest tv adverts :D

Ghostie
 

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