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Saturday, 25 July 2009

Just a thought on a way to support our troops.

When my nephew was serving overseas in Kuwait, we sent him a little parcel of things he probably couldn't find "over there." If I remember correctly it included the following:

  • Powdered drink flavours (like Cool Aid) so as to make chlorinated water more palatable.
  • Medicated foot powder.
  • Bath soap, unscented ... guys don't use perfume!
  • Photographs from home.
  • Wet wipes.
  • A pair of sunglasses - somewhat indestructible, not your cheap gas station variety.
  • Powdered pudding mixes, just add milk... butterscotch and chocolate were the most popular.
  • Letter writing pad. (airmail weight). I gather this was not used for writing letters! They used the armed forces aerograms for letters, if any!
  • A pair of wrist sweat bands.
If you can think of other suggestions leave a comment.

If you don't have a friend or relative overseas, I believe you can find how to forward such personal care parcels online. Here's two I've found.

For the United Kingdom...

SOS - Support Our Soldiers

For the United States...

Please READ THE INSTRUCTIONS on these websites, otherwise you'll be making life difficult for the volunteers.

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