This article in today's Pompey News should gladden the heart (link).
Marines swamped by festive parcels
Royal Marines fighting the Taliban in southern Afghanistan have been inundated with parcels from well-wishers in the UK.
The commandos have been working up to 14 hours a day at their headquarters in Camp Bastion sorting and distributing nearly 6,000 parcels in the last week alone to Forward Operating Bases across Northern Helmand.
The packages have been sent to 40 Commando by proud family and friends, the Royal Marines Association, ex-Royal Marines and servicemen as well as members of the public. The marines featured in a series of special reports in The News last month.
Second-in-command Major Alex Murray said: 'The public support this Christmas has been fantastic. We have received parcels from all sorts of people, from our fabulous Royal Marines Association to members of the public with little or no connection with the Royal Marines. To all of them we are incredibly grateful.'
Lance Corporal Sean Keeling said he often found himself buried under 'literally thousands' of parcels.
The commando explained how the contents of each box have varied hugely, but typically include toiletries, socks, confectionery, magazines and playing cards.
'The support from home has been unbelievable,' he said.
The Royal Marines, who are half way through their six-month tour at the FOBs, have tried to reply to senders whenever their operations have allowed them to do so.
Major Murray added: 'I personally received a box of Harrods tea bags, which had a note in saying "From an 80-year-old ex-Para. Keep up the good work".
'I could just imagine this veteran using his pension money on what he saw as a decent cuppa after a lifetime of drinking military tea.
'There was no name or address supplied, but if he's reading this then thanks very much! It was a great morale boost to receive a parcel and indeed enjoy a great cuppa.'