Support Our Soldiers Chritsmas Packages 2009

#1
Good afternoon one and all.

The founder of SOS has asked me to place this thread inviting all arrsers to help make up some welfare parcels next month.

SOS will be opening thier doors to members of the public on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th November.

This event will take place at the SOS HQ. Address below.

Support Our Soldiers

Operations House

2 Whitley Street

Bingley

West Yorkshire

BD16 4JH

Hope you can all make it.

Homicidal_bob
 
#2
Happy to support this - in fact my Regt Association are compiling boxes at the moment but the burning question I'm being asked is what do they want/need out there?

Any clues?

TZA
 
#4
#5
The missus will be delivering 31 boxes (I know, why an odd number?) to the local rep tomorrow - beat the xmas rush & any postal disruptions..
 
#6
PteJoke said:
The missus will be delivering 31 boxes (I know, why an odd number?) to the local rep tomorrow - beat the xmas rush & any postal disruptions..
Hi, im looking at getting the company i work for involed to sponsor a fair few boxes to send out. Just wondering were i can get hold of a load of shoe boxes. Was going to use the boxes we use at work but they might be abit to big. Roughly 25cm by 32cm (Will edit tomorrow morning with exact measurements.)

Smudge

EDIT TO ADD* Exact measurements are H:14cm W:28cm D:31cm
 
#7
Tried to check the support our soldiers website for acceptable dimensions, but the b*gg*r keeps crashing my Internet connection.

We find a size 7 shoe box fits the dimension limitations very well.
Some weird RAF way of adding all the dimensions of the box together.

BTW, has I reported on another thread, the limit this year on the number of boxes has been dropped by 4K to 12,000 boxes, with each regional rep only allowed to send in 100 boxes.
 
#8
Hi HB, not trying to distort your thread by any means, just wanted to enquire about where the parcels are going ie to serving personnel in Afghan or to ex/serving forces at home. The reason is Im sure that the BFPO are trying to stop the Christmas packages to soldiers because it clogs up the system and stops important mail from families getting over in time for Christmas.

Apologies if Ive got your thread wrong.
 
#9
I sent this stuff out as Christmas presents in 2007. (Was in a bit of a life crisis last Christmas so didn't get any more sent off - same this year too :x )

Anyway it was all well received and might give you some ideas, this note was for the CQMS to aid in distribution.

The following items have been packed in plastic snap-lid waterproof boxes.
"Boxes ""A-B-C-T"" are wrapped in twos with the box types indicated on the label."
"Boxes ""D"" are wrapped individually"
This list is provided to aid you in the distribution of boxes.

Box Item Qty
A
Herbs/Spices/Salt/Pepper Canisters 9
OXO cubes 6
Stock/Soup Cubes 5
Boiled Sweets / Mints (Variety) Approx 130G
Milk powder In Ziplock bag 1
Tea bags Approx 30
B
Playing cards and or dice 1
Cable ties 8
Insulating tape 1
Thread 2
Strong thread 2
Darning thread 1
Velcro 500mm
Elastic 1.5m
Buttons approx 8
Safety pins approx 3
Darning needle 1
Small needles 2
Leather / canvas needles 3
Cigarette papers 4 pks
Craft knife 1
Superglue 1-2
Waterproof notebook 2
Pencils 2-3
Chinagraphs 2
Tea bags Approx 20
Milk powder In Ziplock bag 2
C
Soap 2
Toothbrush 2
Lip salve 2
Nailbrush 1
plasters approx 20
Towelling bag 2
Nail clippers (Average per four boxes) 1
D
Christmas Pudding 2
Instant custard 3
Either:
tea bags 20-30
Milk powder In Ziplock bag 2-3
Or:
Christmas Cards Varies
T
Teabags Approx 40
Milk powder In Ziplock bag 3-4



No Of Boxes
Type Qty
A 12
B 10
C 15
D 5
T 1
TOTAL PKTS 43
 

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#10
Whilst shopping for some stuff for boxes earlier this year, I popped a few Andrex mini bog rolls into my trolley. On taking the stuff through the checkout, and explaining to the bemused girl what the weird range of stuff was for she replied

'Oh, my brother's out there at the moment, and they REALLY need those mini bog rolls'.

They're about a quid each.
 
#11
EX_STAB said:
I sent this stuff out as Christmas presents in 2007. (Was in a bit of a life crisis last Christmas so didn't get any more sent off - same this year too :x )

Anyway it was all well received and might give you some ideas, this note was for the CQMS to aid in distribution.

The following items have been packed in plastic snap-lid waterproof boxes.
"Boxes ""A-B-C-T"" are wrapped in twos with the box types indicated on the label."
"Boxes ""D"" are wrapped individually"
This list is provided to aid you in the distribution of boxes.

Box Item Qty
A
Herbs/Spices/Salt/Pepper Canisters 9
OXO cubes 6
Stock/Soup Cubes 5
Boiled Sweets / Mints (Variety) Approx 130G
Milk powder In Ziplock bag 1
Tea bags Approx 30
B
Playing cards and or dice 1
Cable ties 8
Insulating tape 1
Thread 2
Strong thread 2
Darning thread 1
Velcro 500mm
Elastic 1.5m
Buttons approx 8
Safety pins approx 3
Darning needle 1
Small needles 2
Leather / canvas needles 3
Cigarette papers 4 pks
Craft knife 1
Superglue 1-2
Waterproof notebook 2
Pencils 2-3
Chinagraphs 2
Tea bags Approx 20
Milk powder In Ziplock bag 2
C
Soap 2
Toothbrush 2
Lip salve 2
Nailbrush 1
plasters approx 20
Towelling bag 2
Nail clippers (Average per four boxes) 1
D
Christmas Pudding 2
Instant custard 3
Either:
tea bags 20-30
Milk powder In Ziplock bag 2-3
Or:
Christmas Cards Varies
T
Teabags Approx 40
Milk powder In Ziplock bag 3-4



No Of Boxes
Type Qty
A 12
B 10
C 15
D 5
T 1
TOTAL PKTS 43

Milk powder in Ziplock bags? Surely ziplock bags of white powder, comes out of Afganistan - not sent in!

The ziplocked bags of milk powder would be removed by the SOS rep, unless you send direct?
 
#12
#13
msr said:
Before you send any more parcels, please read this:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/scrap-the-santasuit-gifts-say-soldiers-1808403.html

and here: http://helmandblog.blogspot.com/2009/10/scrap-santa-suit-gifts-say-soldiers.html#comments

"One of the best ways to make donations to the troops in Helmand can be made via http://www.bmycharity.com/V2/welfarefund

Thank you all of the support."

msr
Thats fine, but judging by the letters of thanks for the boxes from the troops, there is still a need for care boxes. Its not all cuddly toys & shower gel that gets sent out. The comments by RSM Hayes in the Independents article are sexist, after all there are female service personnel out there too. Sounds like he doesnt want the hassle of distributing boxes.
 
#14
support our soldiers send parcels to deployed soldiers,, I think the BFPO are trying to stop people from sending parcels to A SOLDIER, etc as its this that is clogging up the mail system, support our soldiers boxes go out to named personel, and they work with the bfpo and mod regarding when to send parcels and how many they can send on a monthly basis..
hope this answers the question xxx
 
#15
TangoZeroAlpha said:
Happy to support this - in fact my Regt Association are compiling boxes at the moment but the burning question I'm being asked is what do they want/need out there?

Any clues?

TZA[/

A lot of the guys, and myself included enjoyed receiving such items as, pot noodles, super noodles, crisps, biscuits, sweets, chocolate (now the temperatures dropped), magazines (zoo, nuts etc), wet wipes, decent toilet paper. The new multi climate ration packs have great tea, coffee, whitener, so no real need to send this kind of stuff.
 
#16
waffen said:
TangoZeroAlpha said:
Happy to support this - in fact my Regt Association are compiling boxes at the moment but the burning question I'm being asked is what do they want/need out there?

Any clues?

TZA[/

A lot of the guys, and myself included enjoyed receiving such items as, pot noodles, super noodles, crisps, biscuits, sweets, chocolate (now the temperatures dropped), magazines (zoo, nuts etc), wet wipes, decent toilet paper. The new multi climate ration packs have great tea, coffee, whitener, so no real need to send this kind of stuff.
I have been thinking about organising some sort of Christmas support for troops in my workplace (a company of about 2500 employees). The official guidance is clear - unsolicited parcels get in the way. I can understand that, but from what Waffen has posted above, some dried food & things to pass spare time may be welcomed?

I am also very much aware that families at home are in need of support too. My little girl had Daddy put her to bed tonight - many others will be missing their's very much!

Is there some way that we could "adopt" a unit, and work with them to send out stuff that's actually wanted, and also brighten things up for those at home too? It would be easier to generate support for something like this, as it would be more personalised, and we could involve our own families in putting parcels for soldiers or their families together. Use the unit's own supply arrangements to avoid some of the complaints raised in the Independent article linked to above.

If someone is in a positon to help set some sort of arrangement like that up, please get in touch, and I can then put a formulated proposal to my employer.
 
#18
The_IRON said:
Hi HB, not trying to distort your thread by any means, just wanted to enquire about where the parcels are going ie to serving personnel in Afghan or to ex/serving forces at home. The reason is Im sure that the BFPO are trying to stop the Christmas packages to soldiers because it clogs up the system and stops important mail from families getting over in time for Christmas.

Apologies if Ive got your thread wrong.
Iron

Sorry not got back sooner. Probs with internet. The packages we packed last weekend were going to Op HerricK, Cyprus and The Falklands. We actually have an agreement with he BFPO that the parcels will be addressed to individuals not just to "A Briish Soldier"
 
#19
alisonbaldwin said:
Hi

I have 40 boxes from my Girl Guide unit, but we are in Surrey, is there any where locally I can drop them off??? keen to get them to our boys,
Thanks
Alison
AB, check your PM's.
 
#20
homicidal_bob said:
The_IRON said:
Hi HB, not trying to distort your thread by any means, just wanted to enquire about where the parcels are going ie to serving personnel in Afghan or to ex/serving forces at home. The reason is Im sure that the BFPO are trying to stop the Christmas packages to soldiers because it clogs up the system and stops important mail from families getting over in time for Christmas.

Apologies if Ive got your thread wrong.
Iron

Sorry not got back sooner. Probs with internet. The packages we packed last weekend were going to Op HerricK, Cyprus and The Falklands. We actually have an agreement with he BFPO that the parcels will be addressed to individuals not just to "A Briish Soldier"

Good to hear, keep up the good work i didnt want all your effort to be wasted.
 

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