Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Christmas Cards For Our Troops Overseas

Since I was rather sad that I was too late for the Operation Santa Claus donations for this year I did some reading on-line to see what else I could do for our Troops that are away from their families, homes, loved ones, friends, everything, this holiday season. I stumbled upon the Forces.ca webpage for families and friends to send letters and parcels to their beloved Troops who are going to be away for the holidays and as I read on I became very thankful that mine isn't too far away this coming holiday season, far enough but not as far as some. The holidays can be a stressful time for many reasons but spending them without your loved ones because they are in another country, on the ocean somewhere or wherever they may be... it really does make it so much more difficult. As I said, I am very thankful that mine is on Canadian soil again this year. I wish he was home, but only time will tell if that happens. So anyhow.... I decided that since these Troops are far away and I can't send them the awesome t-shirts, socks and travel mugs that I was planning to send, I thought I will make them some Christmas cards and send a bulk parcel to each of the 19 locations that we are allowed mail without being an "authorized sender". Yes, we do have some locations that you can't send mail to.

Well, I thought I would share this information just in case you'd like to join my Holiday Cheer Train. If you're local and would like to send letters without paying to ship them yourself please feel free to stop into the store and drop them off. I will add them to whichever one of my parcels you would like to send them to :) If you're interested in this please climb aboard the train and get your letters/cards ready and mailed. Here is all of the information that you will need...

From the Forces Website:

Mail intended for Christmas delivery to Canadian Forces personnel serving overseas and using the Belleville address must arrive at Belleville by 18 November 2016.

Canadians sending letters for “Any Canadian Armed Forces Member
Canadian Forces members serving overseas appreciate receiving correspondence from Canadians as well as groups, schools and organizations from across Canada.
Post cards, greeting cards and letters may be sent as per the addressing instructions below.
The Canada Post free letter mail program is not extended to letters/cards addressed to “Any Canadian Forces Member” and all such items will require postage.
Only parcels as described in the “Bulk Mail” section below are acceptable, however they require postage. Parcels addressed to “Any Canadian Forces Member” containing any items other than correspondence will be returned to sender and the sender’s expense. For those wishing to send care packages or donations please refer to this link: Donations.

Bulk mail
Schools, groups, businesses and associations may send cards and letters bulked in a parcel.  The parcel is not to contain any other item other than correspondence and requires postage. Parcels found to contain items other than correspondence will be returned to the sender at the sender’s expense.

Addressing
All letters and parcels containing letters/cards are to be addressed to "Any Canadian Forces Member" below you will find the addresses for our overseas operations:


Any Canadian Forces Member
CCMFO
PO BOX 5237 STN FORCES
BELLEVILLE ON  K8N 5W6


Any Canadian Forces Member
OP FOUNDATION or IMPACT
PO BOX 5301 STN FORCES
BELLEVILLE ON K8N 5W6

Note: Packages intended for the above Mission must bear a list of content along with the value of each article.


Any Canadian Forces Member
OP FOUNDATION
PO BOX 5302 STN FORCES
BELLEVILLE ON K8N 5W6

 Note: Packages intended for the above Mission must bear a list of content along with the value of each article.


Any Canadian Forces Member
OP FOUNDATION
PO BOX 5303 STN FORCES
BELLEVILLE ON K8N 5W6

Note: Packages intended for the above Mission must bear a list of content along with the value of each article.


Any Canadian Forces Member
OP HAMLET
PO BOX 5250 STN FORCES
BELLEVILLE ON  K8N 5W6


Any Canadian Forces Member
OP JADE
PO BOX 5239 STN FORCES
BELLEVILLE ON K8N 5W6


Any Canadian Forces Member
CANADIAN CONTINGENT PRISTINA
PO BOX 5249 STN FORCES
BELLEVILLE ON  K8N 5W6


Any Canadian Forces Member
OP PROTEUS
PO BOX 5240 STN FORCES
BELLEVILLE ON  K8N 5W6


Any Canadian Forces Member
OP SATURN - SOPRANO
PO BOX 5225 STN FORCES
BELLEVILLE ON  K8N 5W6


Any Canadian Forces Member
OP SNOWGOOSE
PO BOX 5051 STN FORCES
BELLEVILLE ON  K8N 5W6


Any Canadian Forces Member
OP IMPACT
PO BOX 5006 STN FORCES
BELLEVILLE ON K8N 5W6


Any Canadian Forces Member
OP IMPACT
PO BOX 5304 STN FORCES
BELLEVILLE ON K8N 5W6

Note: Packages intended for the above Mission must bear a list of content along with the value of each article.


Any Canadian Forces Member
OS Det Kuwait
PO BOX 5006 STN FORCES
BELLEVILLE ON K8N 5W6


Any Canadian Forces Member
CFS Alert
PO BOX 5210 STN FORCES
BELLEVILLE ON  K8N 5W6


Any Canadian Forces Member
PO BOX 17000 STN FORCES
VICTORIA BC  V9A 7N2


Any Canadian Forces Member
PO BOX 99000 STN FORCES
HALIFAX NS  B3K 5X5


Any Canadian Forces Member
OP ADDENDA
PO Box 5231 STN FORCES
BELLEVILLE, ON K8N 5W6


Any Canadian Forces Member
OP REASSURANCE
PO BOX 5208 STN FORCES
BELLEVILLE ON K8N 5W6


Any Canadian Forces Member
OP UNIFIER
PO BOX 5214 STN FORCES
BELLEVILLE ON K8N 5W6


If any of you are able and willing I hope that you can take a little time to send a Christmas card or letter to our Troops overseas, even one card or letter can brighten someone's day.

As for me, I only have 64 days to make a ton of cards so I'm off to start making some Christmas cards for these members. Watch for them on my Facebook page :) Have a great day folks. As always Happy Crafting.

2 comments:

  1. What a fantastic idea. I have some cards I bought at the store years ago that I would love to send to this. What a great way to show them care.

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    1. Thank you Connie :) I hope that they receive a lot of love in cards this year :)

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