CHRISTMAS CARE PACKS FOR OUR TROOPS

Gosford RSL will again be collecting items to send to Australian Troops for Christmas every year, Australia Post delivers care packages to our deployed troops sent by the public, including many community groups, organisations, schools and individual households.
These packages contain non-perishable items and a letter of appreciation on behalf of all Australians. Importantly, the packages are prepared specifically to meet all Defence and host nation transport and import requirements. See the list of suitable items. We would greatly appreciate any items you could donate.
Donations can be delivered to Gosford RSL Club Reception. Gosford RSL staff will pack and post care boxes in late September.
Unfortunately, Defence cannot accept care packages for military working dogs or explosive detection dogs due to strict care requirements for both their diet and training programs.


SUGGESTED ITEMS THAT WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED
•High-quality socks
•Thongs
•Soap, Body wash
•Shampoo,
•Toothpaste, toothbrush and floss
•Deodorant (non-aerosol)
•Lip balm
•Foot powder
•Baby wipes
•Sunscreen
•Hand sanitizer
•Pain-relieving topical cream
•Vicks VapoRub
•Hand Warmers
•Sewing kits
•Lens cleaning cloths
•Snacks that won’t melt
•Gum
•Hot sauce
•Playing cards
•Puzzle books

The RSL Australian Forces Overseas Fund prepares care packages that are dispatched twice each year to Defence personnel deployed on operations. These care packs contain various non-perishable items, a letter of appreciation on behalf of all Australians, and RSL Membership contact details. Importantly, these packs are professionally prepared and meet all Defence and host nation transport and import requirements. Donations to the RSL Australian Forces Overseas Fund can be made at www.rsl.org.au/Support-Us. Donations over $2 are tax deductible, and every donation is individually acknowledged by the RSL.

For members of the public who still wish to send general care parcels to deployed personnel, send to:

An Australian Defence Member
AFPO 60
Australian Defence Force NSW 2890

In order to ensure an equitable distribution of parcels it is requested that all donations be gender-neutral, and be addressed to 'An Australian Defence Member', not to a specific job title, trade or unit member. Unfortunately Defence can not accept care packages for Military Working Dogs or Explosive Detection Dogs due to strict care requirements relating to both their diet and their training programs.

To ensure that all items are able to be delivered to our deployed forces, donors are asked to ensure that packages are of non-perishable goods. Previous experience has shown that items that are not robustly packaged can break open during transit, which can lead to infestation and spoilage of perishable goods. Defence cannot send perished or infested items overseas.