Young liberals are real troopers this Christmas

Mitchell Puttick, Nicole Hibbert, Susanna Panaia and Ben Reale-Cornel.          d446784
Mitchell Puttick, Nicole Hibbert, Susanna Panaia and Ben Reale-Cornel.        d446784

SPENDING the festive season away from home is a stark reality for defence force personnel, but the Brand Young Liberals are making sure our soldiers still receive some cheer this Christmas.

From the essential stocking fillers like socks and undies to homely treats like Tim Tams and Vegemite, volunteers from the Brand Young Liberals are putting together care packages that will be sure to put plenty of smiles on faces.

Brand Young Liberals’ president Ben Reale-Cornel is running the project, which is in its second year.

“We want to show our appreciation to the servicemen and women who put their lives on the line for us to live in a free and safe country,” he said.

“These care packages are a small reminder to our troops that there are people thinking of them at Christmas while they are away from their families.”

The efforts of the Young Liberals haven’t gone unnoticed, with many of the troops and their families penning letters filled with words of thanks.

Its inaugural year saw more than 100 care packages delivered to the troops but Mr Reale-Cornel said the Brand Young Liberals had put plans in place to double that this year.

Those wishing to donate items for the care packages or their time in putting the packages together, email Ben at brand.yl@hotmail.com.