THIS Christmas there will be about 2200 deployed Australian service men and women away from home and family.
Vietnam veteran Philip Cunnington knows this sorrow and shared his experience of receiving a Christmas care package during his time in Vang Tau in 1968 with his grandchildren and Kensington Primary School students Noah and Lucy Cunnington.
Inspired by his story, about 50 Kensington Primary School students have donated enough non perishable goods to package about 20 troop care packages due to be sent to the Defence Force before December 8.
Lucy said she felt the project was important, as she didn’t think many soldiers would get gifts for Christmas being away from their home.
“Their family probably wouldn’t think of sending lollies, and to receive all of these (packages) I think would make them feel really happy because they wouldn’t get anything while they are fighting if we didn’t send it to them,” she said.
Mr Cunnington said he was proud of his grandchildren and the other students for their efforts.