Posting Information

When someone requests a quilt or a laundry bag they have to supply their address which includes an AFPO Number.  The address will look something like this

CPL Wanda Quilt 8765432
TG 3456
Sydney NSW 2890

All parcels are sent to the Sydney address and are sorted and dispatched overseas from there.  Using this address enables us to post direct to the serving member.  Any parcel that weighs less than 2KG is free.  We used to buy a Bx2 box from Australia Post.

However Australia Post has decided to discontinue their Bx2 boxes so please check out this link and to find out what the alternatives are. 

Each box should have a green customs form on it as long as your box is under 2kg.

I put this in the bottom left corner.  To fill out the form I write "Linen" for contents as I do not believe it is wise to advertise if you are sending a quilt.  I do the same for laundry bags.  Also add in the details of any goodies you are sending but so as not to spoil the surprise you can write things like "prepackage foods" and "beverage sachets", "stationery", "toiletries"

For value once again it is not wise to advertise so for quilts I write $30 and for a laundry bag I write $10.  I know our quilts are worth more than that but we can't claim if the parcel does not arrive so what is the point of advertising their value?

In the top left hand corner of the box in big letters that will stand out write
and underneath write the blog details in smaller letters

For the return address it is suggested that you put the Aussie Heroes postal address for the sake of cautious security.  That address is 
PO Box 248
Cherrybrook  NSW 2126 

Please ensure that you include a letter in your parcel and include your postal address and email address on that.  I cannpt afford the time, admin or cost involved in forwarding on any gifts that are sent to the PO Box in your name so your cooperation is really appreciated.
I also like to add an Aussie flag sticker under our blog address if I have them.  I got mine from the local party shop.

I have found that it is best to tape the boxes with the tape going all the way around the boxes and coming back and sticking it to itself. 

 In some weather conditions I have found that the tape can come unstuck if it is just stuck to the box.  This can happen when it is sitting on the table in my family room so I hate to think what  can happen in the extremes of climate these parcels may be exposed to.  Better safe than sorry I think.

If you are only posting a laundry bag you may still use a box and fill it with goodies to pad it out or you can use a padded postpack. I think they are stronger than the Tuff Bags.

The address will be given to you once you are ready to post your item.

I try to send  quilt and a laundry bag in each box as much as I can.  

Most important - make sure you weigh your boxes or when you get the Post Office you will be charged the normal cost for a box to be posted to Sydney depending on it's weight and place of origin.  

And don't forget to include a friendly note with your name and address so that your recipient can say thank you.  I have been told repeatedly how much these accompanying letters are appreciated as the guys and girls enjoy learning a little about the people that have gone to the effort of making something for them.  I always add my email address as snail mail takes SO LONG to get back here and most of the guys and gals have some sort of internet access.  Having said that, I know some mothers who don't hear from their sons very regularly so don't expect too much!