"Treats for Troops"

#1
My department at work (local hospital) is collecting boxes as "Treats for Troops" for the guys and girls in Afganistan for Chrimbo. Couple of people who, knowing I am ex-RN have asked me what sort of thing they should put in the box. Having never been to Afganistan I don't know what sort of thing would be useful ... I suspect things have changed from my times in the Falklands ('82).

So apart from the anticipated suggestions of "nude photos" etc from some RR members - :-D has anyone got any sensible suggestions????

Cheers

MG
 
#3
The treats for troops site asks for the following things

What we need

Tea bags Coffee Sachets hot chocolate sachets
horlicks, small evaporated milk, salt,pepper sachets,
tomato sauce, brown sauce, ,
Cup-of soups, snack bars, crackers, crisps, biscuits
Pot Nooodles (or flat pack noodles will do), raisins (small boxes), peanuts.



[FONT=book antiqua,palatino]Boiled sweets, soft chewy sweets, chewing gum, toffees,
Toothbrush, toothpaste, razors, deodorant, combs, soap, lip balm, moisturiser, talc, wet wipes, shower gel, shampoo, tissues, cotton buds, sun cream, after sun, cotton buds, socks.

pens, pencils, magazines, quiz books, playing cards, paperbacks, dominoes, travel games, CDs DVDs, fly papers.

NO CAKE with marzipan as it smells like semtex, no areosols, no alcohol, no pump action items, no magnetic items.

[/FONT][FONT=book antiqua,palatino]We also need small toy cars, colouring books for the children who are caught up in the conflict and end up in the British Hospital at Camp Bastion. [/FONT]

Hope this helps

SM
 
#4
The treats for troops site asks for the following things

What we need

Tea bags Coffee Sachets hot chocolate sachets
horlicks, small evaporated milk, salt,pepper sachets,
tomato sauce, brown sauce, ,
Cup-of soups, snack bars, crackers, crisps, biscuits
Pot Nooodles (or flat pack noodles will do), raisins (small boxes), peanuts.



[FONT=book antiqua,palatino]Boiled sweets, soft chewy sweets, chewing gum, toffees,
Toothbrush, toothpaste, razors, deodorant, combs, soap, lip balm, moisturiser, talc, wet wipes, shower gel, shampoo, tissues, cotton buds, sun cream, after sun, cotton buds, socks.

pens, pencils, magazines, quiz books, playing cards, paperbacks, dominoes, travel games, CDs DVDs, fly papers.

NO CAKE with marzipan as it smells like semtex, no areosols, no alcohol, no pump action items, no magnetic items.

[/FONT][FONT=book antiqua,palatino]We also need small toy cars, colouring books for the children who are caught up in the conflict and end up in the British Hospital at Camp Bastion. [/FONT]

Hope this helps

SM
Noted - cheers all! Will pass this all on
 

Blackrat

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#5
They'll appreciate that. Anything is better than those bloody concerts they put on that you have to attend, on pain of death. I saw one and have suffered from PTSD ever since.
 

Blackrat

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#6
And as for noodles, the flat pack ones are best as they can be squared away in kit easier than pot noodles.
 
#7
Do they still have the no aerosols rule?? Just so you dont get a ton of them, send them, and then get them all sent back because the Posties dont like them.
 
#8
Magazines: Nuts GQ, Bizzarre, cars, bikes etc - the NAAFI in AFG charge an absolute fortune for these.
Choccies and big bags of sweets go down well, not too bad over the Xmas period too as the temperature goes down so they dont melt etc.
Cup-a-soups went down well with everyone when i was there, no reason it should have changed now.

Toiletries are VERY expensive to buy in the NAAFI out there too, so shave foams, shower gels, wet wipes, toothpaste, etc - any of that type of thing.

Decent tea bags/coffee


I'm sure others will have more suggestions
GQ maybe for the weirdroom members!
 
#10
A few years ago a handful of us in the pub sent our bootneck oppo; A copy of Gay News (OK, not very original), some kid's shoes, fridge magnets, some colouring books and a rather snazzy brown paisley nylon tie I picked up in the cancer shop for 50p, amongst other useful items. Fortunately he saw the funny side.

Edit: Might have been Iraq, he just won't sit still!
 
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angrydoc

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#13
I'd exercise caution with toys. When I was last out, we did not encourage them. Afghan children are not western children. They don't have toys, the Kandahar branch of Toys R Us not being the most popular outlet. We bring injured children into the hospital and give them something which 1/ they are not used to and 2/ they learn to love. When they leave the hospital, the toys are evidence they have been in contact with ISAF forces and can lead to isolation of the entire family by the locals. Also, the toys will not be replaced by their parents.

It is certainly well meaning, and the opinion may have changed, but I would be reluctant to send toys out.
 
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guestm

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#16
Nothing. Believe it or not it can be a morale damager as the postal system gets clogged and the stuff you really want (ie proper xmas pressies from family) doesn't make it out in time.

I've seen grown men in a FOB cry when all he got for Xmas was 18 nuts magazines some chad shower gel and melted bourneville instead of the stuff his wife and kids sent him.
 

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