Tam Geritz with the Christmas boxes she is filling to go to our armed forces overseas.
Tam Geritz with the Christmas boxes she is filling to go to our armed forces overseas. Robyne Cuerel

Maryborough woman overwhelmed by support for soldiers

MARYBOROUGH'S Tam Geritz has made sure our Australian soldiers are not forgotten over Christmas.

Miss Geritz made and sent care packages to the serving soldiers overseas.

"I have a couple of friends that have served in Iraq and Afghanistan," she said.

"They have told me they welcomed these care packages and so did their mates.

"That's how I found out about this opportunity."

She said this year she put out the call to work mates, family and friends to donate a little something and was blown away by everyone's support.

"When I put the feelers out to see if there was interest in this little project of mine, I was expecting to send maybe three or four packs - final count, 30 packs," Miss Geritz said.

"I've had people support this from Darwin, NT, right through to Newcastle, New South Wales.

"Some people have only been able to spare a few dollars, others have donated bags of items.

"It is all greatly appreciated."

Miss Geritz said when she stood at Isurava on the Kokoda Track this year she saw the pillars - endurance, courage, mateship, and sacrifice.

"Those pillars are forever branded in my mind and the soldiers today are still living that legacy," she said.

"I wanted to show them we care.

"Imagine how much our men would have loved a care package back then."

Miss Geritz said she couldn't imagine being over there.

"They have no personal belongings, they are in the dirt and dust and then to receive one of these packs from a complete stranger that wants to share Christmas with them.

"I would love to see their faces when they open them.

"Who knows, we probably wouldn't have Christmas without them."

Care packages included chips, lollipops, Vegemite, noodles, tea bags, baked beans, biscuits and candy canes.



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