Show troops you care

Canning Times - - FRONT PAGE - Ben Smith

AS the hol­i­day sea­son ap­proaches, Wil­let­ton Post Of­fice is do­ing its bit to en­sure our over­seas sol­diers do not feel left out.

The post of­fice is work­ing with the Depart­ment of De­fence to col­lect goods for care pack­ages to send to Aus­tralian troops serv­ing over­seas at Christ­mas.

Postal man­ager Jemma Zu­garo ap­pealed to the pub­lic to show their sup­port by do­nat­ing items for the pack­ages.

She said it was im­por­tant to give the sol­diers a piece of home as a way of say­ing thank you for their ded­i­ca­tion.

“We don’t see what they do phys­i­cally, but we do see it in the way we do feel safe,” she said. “Any­thing you can give to say thank you, whether it’s one item, whether it’s a let­ter, whether it’s just a thank you, it’s not a lot out of your day and it will mean a lot to them.”

Miss Zu­garo said the hol­i­day sea­son was the per­fect time to show com­pas­sion to the troops over­seas and re­flect on the sac­ri­fices they were mak­ing.

“Most of us are re­ally lucky to have our fam­i­lies here for Christ­mas, and I just wanted to get the com­mu­nity in­volved in say­ing thank you for all of their hard work and we’re think­ing of them even though they’re not home with their fam­i­lies,” she said.

“They give a lot to us and I think it’s the least we can do to ac­knowl­edge the work they’re do­ing and say thank you.”

The post of­fice will ac­cept non-per­ish­able foods (lol­lies, noo­dles, chips, spreads), toi­letries (de­odor­ants, shav­ing creams, soaps), lip balms, books and mag­a­zines, how­ever they can­not ac­cept liq­uids, al­co­hol, pet food or cloth­ing.

All do­na­tions must be re­ceived by Fri­day, Novem­ber 30.

Miss Zu­garo said they were also hop­ing to send the troops thank you let­ters from lo­cal school­child­ren.

“We’ve ap­proached some of the schools in the area to ask the kids to write some let­ters; when they’re com­ing from the kids, I think they mean a bit more,” she said.

Pic­ture: David Baylis­mu­ni­ d488416

Wil­let­ton postal man­ager Jemma Zu­garo and postal ser­vice of­fi­cer May Cole­man are ac­cept­ing Christ­mas pack­ages for over­seas troops.

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