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Christmas Gift Parcels For Soldiers

“Greetings, Kind Thoughts and All Good Wishes for Christmas and the New Year from Whangarei and County, Hikurangi, Kamo and Onerahi. Whangarei District Patriotic Committee, Headquarters: Town Hall, Whangarei.” Printed on a light blue card, edged in gold and dark blue, cards thus inscribed are being included in parcels which will be packed at the Whangarei Town Hall tonight for despatch to New Zealanders serving overseas. Arrangements have been made by the Whangarei Patriotic Committee with the Deputy-Controller of Supply for the parcelling and despatch of these unaddressed gift parcels—the third 1941 collection, which is a Christmas despatch. Attention to Selection Close attention has been paid by the committee to the selection of eatables and other articles suitable to the needs of the soldiers, and the 36 dozen parcels which will be packed tonight will contain an assortment preventing duplication and also permitting of exchange with Other recipients. . Total quantities to be packed are 3.6 dozen each of pencils, packets of safety-razor blades, tins of Christmas cake, pairs of leather boot-laces, cakes of chocolate ini tins, writing pads complete with envelopes, and khaki handkerchiefs made by the women's subcommittee, which has been most active in its efforts to assist. . Six dozen tins of fruit and five dozen tins each of oysters, whitebait, honey, soup, lamb and green peas, and tomato juice comprise another group, a total of 36 dozen, while nine dozen tins each of coffee and milk, condensed milk, reduced cream and malted milk comprise a further grouo totalling 36 dozen. ,L ... Parcel Contents Each parcel will contain a pencil, a packet of safety-razor blades, a Christmas cake, a pair of boot-laces, a cake of tinned chocolate, packets of chewing gum, a writing pad and envelopes, a handkerchief and one tin from each of the other groups. By this means a soldier who receives oysters or whitebait will be able to change with a man who does not care for tomato juice or honey or any of the other contents he may receive, and coffee and milk or any of the other of the milk group can also be interchanged. Whatever the contents of the parcel received by each soldier and sent from Whangarei, he will be able to enjoy a Christmas feast with some reminiscence of home, changing those portions he does not desire with comrades equally desirous of making exchanges. Quickness, Efficiency Tastes vary, but in its selection the committee has made every effort to provide that the recipients should have a good selection of food and an equally useful contribution of daily necessities. To deal with the parcelling and packing, the committee invokes its emergency precautions organisation and, with the aid of volunteer workers in addition, quick work can bo accomplished. After parcelling, the packages are packed in wooden, waterproof-paper-lined cases, seven or eight to the case, which are of specific size, stamped with the New Zealand sign and the word “Pat.” to indicate its origin and disposal, and which are despatched Customs free as armj" stores. The whole operation, from the commencement of parcelling to the nailing of the case, is expected, owing to the organisation for speed and efficiency, to be completed in less than two hours, and the cases will be sent forward later in the week.

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Northern Advocate, 9 September 1941, Page 6

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Christmas Gift Parcels For Soldiers Northern Advocate, 9 September 1941