This year's Conservative Future Christmas social action project is seeing activists sending packs of supplies, food and presents to our troops overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan - and all ConservativeHome readers have been invited to get involved.
It's a fantastic way of bringing some festive cheer to the troops serving our country overseas and Anastasia Beaumont-Bott explains here how you can do your bit:
- Shoe boxes. All packages under 2kg for troops will be sent out free of charge by Royal Mail! Shoe boxes are the perfect size for packing pressies and goodies and to ensure they arrive in time for Christmas, they have to be ready by 5th December for Afghanistan, and by 10th December for Iraq.
- Goodies, foods, and pressies! This is the fun part. It's time to dig deep and come up with the goods. You know that can of soup in your cupboard that doesn't go out of date until 2012? Yeah, we'll have that for the packs. You know those nice pair of socks you got given for Christmas ages ago but have never worn and are still in the packaging? Yeah, we'll have them too! But you know that chocolate bar? Not so good, it will melt in the mail. Here are some other things you might want to think about including: magazines (though please be aware of what is culturally acceptable in
Iraq and Afghanistan), soap, hand cream, biscuits (though not chocolate
ones), paperback books, suduko puzzle books, packs of tissues, pic 'n'
mix sweets (apparently VERY popular!), diluting juice powder sachets,
soup sachets (think cup a soup etc...), deodorants (NOT aerosols though,
only roll ons) etc.