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Canada Post offering free shipping to troops overseas during the holiday season

 

Troops will be able to have Christmas away from home with the help of Canada Post.

 

 

PAIGE LECLAIRCPL SIMON DUSCHESNE and CM KEN FENNER PHOTOS

FRIDAY—OCTOBER—

 

anada Post is continuing with free delivery of letters and parcels to deployed troops from their family and friends during the 2018 holiday season.

"We understand how important these messages are to uplift the spirits of Canadian men and women serving overseas," said Nicole Lecompte, media relations Canada Post.

From October 10, 2018, through January 11, 2019 parcel shipping free of charge will be available, and regular letter mail up to 500 grams will available free of charge from October 10, 2018, through December 31.

"Talks between Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) aimed at reaching negotiated settlements are continuing, as they did over the weekend," said Lecompte.

Another great option, whether the strike goes forward or not is the Military Family Resource Center. The MFRC offers a once a week, cost-free mail service that get sent through MFRC across the country. However, it does take up to 28 days for mail to be sent to its destination. Plan accordingly if it is a time sensitive package.

First-time senders may not know what to send to their loved one and may not know the restrictions associated with sending packages overseas.

Necessities like baby wipes, chapstick, deodorant and baby powder are staples in a care package. They can be individualised with chocolate, card games, photos and much more.

Mail must include the name of the soldier, rank and mission information. It must be deposited at a retail location. For more information, visit here.  For more tips and ideas on what to send in a care package, visit here.


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