Christmas cheer donations sought for troops abroad

Forces charity Support Our Soldiers (SOS) is asking the local community to donate a morale box to support troops serving abroad this Christmas.

The boxes can contain a wrapped present, an individual Christmas pudding, individual Christmas cake or a small selection packet (not box) and other goodies to cheer up service men and women who will not be home for the festive season.

Lynn O’Brien, SOS regional co-ordinator, said: “People have been generous over the last five years in donating to our morale-boosting packages.

“Over the festive season many of our troops will not be home and some have little or no family contact and so we want to make Christmas Day a special day for everyone by sending out our special Christmas Cheer Box full of a taste of home and a present for them to open.

“As Camp Bastion closes down many people do not realise we will still have our armed forces out in Kabul, some until the end of next year. We also send to the Navy, currently patrolling the pacific and also the RAF who are now in Iraq”.

Members of the public can also hand in a Christmas card or letter with a message of support with their donations, which Lynn said are as important as the contents themselves.

She added: “By all means include your contact details if you wish to do so. Whilst we cannot promise a response, in most cases the recipients do write to express their thanks.”

All donations may be handed into Strathearn Funeral Directors, 29 Roods, Kirriemuir, who are continuing their support of the charity for the fifth year. Further information can be found at