Xmas in Helmand

Lord Flashman

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My other half's employer are organising and initiative to get boxes of 'stuff' out to the guys in Afghanistan for xmas. One of her colleagues is RNR and is serving with RMR and RM regs in Helmand and the idea is for the civvy employer/colleagues to send out shoe box size boxes of stuff for the lads for xmas.
Being at the application stage of RMR I have no idea what sort of things they would really want/could use and wondered if anyone with experience of xmas on ops somewhere could give us some suggestions? My girlfriend pointed out that there are some female types out in the 'stan at the moment and might it be an idea to send something for them?? That really foxed me, so if anyone has any ideas generally, they'd be much appreciated.
 

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My son is 10 weeks into his deployment and if there's one thing I'm getting very good at it's Parcels and their contents! I'm a typical WAGAMAD and when we're feeling down, missing our loved ones and wishing they were home, we pack a parcel! It's as if the more we send the quicker they'll come home!

*text deleted* anything is welcome. They all love recieving parcels and blueys, and from what I've seen on RNcom parcels can be quite diverse in their contents - one girlfriend recently said her OH had asked for a dressing gown to be sent out. I've heard of requests for wellies, paintbrushes (to clean their weapons) and even hot water bottles.

There are only two real rules and they are, no aerosols and no alcohol. Apart from that anything goes. Don't think porn is allowed either.

As long as it doesnt need refridgerating, looks like it will survive anything up to two weeks in a shoebox, is likely to end up in one of my parcels.

I regularly send out toiletries including baby-wipes, hand gel, vitamins, sun cream, lipsalve and moisturiser.

Food can be allsorts. Nothing heavy - the lads tend to take parcel contents with them when they're on Ops (I hear ration packs get boring after a while) and have to carry them. I've sent out loads of packet stuff, foil pouches of ready meals, Babybel cheeses, salami, pepperoni, cereal bars, dried fruit bars, tinned fruit, custard, tubes of chilli, garlic, cordial, sweets, biscuits - the list is endless.

Magazines, silly toys, and games all seem to be welcome - they do get quite a bit of 'down time' when they aren't on Ops.

Parcels under 2Kg in weight are free to send.

Do the people sending out the parcels know that unless they are going through one of the organisations dedicated to sending out parcels, they must all be addressed to actual servicemen/women in Afghanistan. It's no longer permitted to send parcels to an 'unknown soldier'.

Support Our Soldiers are one such organisation

SOS - About Us

They also give a list of what they are collecting and what to put in parcels for both men and women.

Whatever your girlfreinds colleagues send you can be sure it will all be very much appreciated, and I'm sure I speak for all the families of the servicemen/women out there at the moment - Thank you x
 

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Another tip top post by RM Mum, excellent advice.

As correctly stated there are young ladies out there too. There have also been over a thousand confused sailors serving 800 miles from the sea in support of the Royal Marines this year- it's suprising how many people join the Navy unaware they may serve on land.
 

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There are indeed 'confused sailors' serving in Afghanistan at the moment. My sons 'boss' is a RN Officer.

Oh and I forgot to say - don't forget to put a little note in with your parcels. It's not unusual for the recipients to send Thank You notes to the senders.
 
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