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Barnsley Shoeboxes Land In Afghanistan

Wednesday August 1 2012


The post office at Camp Bastion with the Barnsley shoeboxes. The post office at Camp Bastion with the Barnsley shoeboxes.


HUNDREDS of shoeboxes that were collected in Barnsley for the troops in Afghanistan have landed at British Forces Post Office.

Emma Burnett, 19, of Hardwick Close, Athersley South, whose fiancé James Napier is serving with the Yorkshire Regiment, launched Operation Shoebox Appeal in May to send goodies to soldiers who might not have family.

They are sorted at the post office at Camp Bastion, the main British military base, and sent to soldiers on other bases within a week.

“We get a lot of welfare packages here that have been sent for the boys,” said Sgt Maj Steve Burton, from Intake, Doncaster.

“We get three to four deliveries of mail a week which can range anything from 500 to a thousand bits of mail in any one dispatch.

“We check them all here and then we send them onto the soldiers. It’s a big boost to morale.”

The boxes can contain anything from sweets and biscuits to games and toiletries, but not aerosols.

Messages can also be sent via the internet which are then printed off and sent to the soldiers, called E-bluey’s, and soldiers can also send items back to the UK.

Emma will continue to collect boxes until the troops withdraw in 2014, using drop off points at Angler’s Rest Pub, Wombwell, New You Hair Salon and Thomas Whitworth Forum in the town centre, Daisy Chain Floral, Greenfoot Lane and Allendale Cafe, Worsbrough.

*Thanks to Barnsley Chronicle reporter Kate Pickles, who has submitted this report from Afghanistan as part of a press tour. There will be more in Friday's paper *

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Reply Posted by Mick on Wednesday August 1 2012 at 12:29
Top work,I also send boxes out regularly to my lad who is serving out there with the RLC they are all doing a top job and must need that BOOST that receiving boxes from family and friends and even people they don't know,just to say we love them or to say thanks for the great job you lot are doing out there,ROLL ON the end of 2014 and bring em home out of that hell hole xxx

Reply Posted by tina heron on Wednesday August 1 2012 at 13:31
well done Emma. great job.

Reply Posted by judy appleton on Wednesday August 1 2012 at 21:22
my son serves in the forces are u always collecting these boxes if so i would be glad to help i usually take into opticians in town when advertised thanking you what a great job you do for these lads out there

Reply Posted by dave shaw on Thursday August 2 2012 at 10:23
hi judy yes we are allways collecting the boxes or items to make the boxes up with, we was recently asked if we could send items such as mints , instant custard , mug shogs , stock cubes .
IF anyone from we are barnsley read this could you let me no a e-mail address where i can forward a e-mail to from operation shoebox hq thanks .

Reply Posted by Sian on Thursday August 2 2012 at 22:12
Hi Dave, I'd love to send a box, I have no family in the forces, but friends family are over there, so I think it's about time I let them all know we're thinking of them and their families too, and appreciating what they are doing for us, Can you let me know what is wanted and what I can put into their 'Present' please? Many thanks, Sian

Reply Posted by Tina smith on Thursday August 2 2012 at 22:18
Hi!..I too would like to help do this for the boys.i don't have friends nor fzmily in the army anymore,but I sure they would appreciate it.would really like to do my bit.let me know what they would like and where I can send them to..!

Reply Posted by dave shaw on Friday August 3 2012 at 09:27
for those who want to make boxes up please take a look at www.operationshoebox.co.uk
we have been asked if we can make boxes up which contain mints , mug shots , instant custard , tins of meat these are for troops in the most remote parts of afgan .
i do have a e-mail which i want to forward to we are barnsley but dont no who to send this to , we have allso had letters back from some troops who have recived boxes that we would allso like to be shown .

Reply Posted by kate on Monday September 24 2012 at 14:00
hi,I wonder if you can help re shoeboxes fortroops in Afghanistan.?
The landladyatmy local pub in swinton is wanting to do a shoebox collection amongst the locals who are keen to get filling the boxes however we have no idea how to get them on their way to Afghanistan,can you give us any idea regards Kate.