The Dubbo RSL sub-branch has offered a token of thanks to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) assisting with the COVID-19 crisis in western NSW.
Packed by Dubbo's Mary and Martha, 100 care packages were presented on Sunday by sub-branch president Tom Gray to Lieutenant Peter Williamson on behalf of the men and women currently in the region.
Inside included toiletries, puzzles, lollies and other knick-knacks to say thank you, and bring some cheer while they're away from home.
"In Dubbo we've sent many to our members of the defence force who were in Iraq, Afghanistan or East Timor, and that's why we decided to do this for the young people who have come out here recently," he said.
As the COVID-19 situation began to worsen for regional NSW, the ADF were deployed to Dubbo and the far west, to assist NSW Health with the vaccination outreach program, along with helping NSW Police conduct compliance and welfare checks in the community.
"This is just a little thing to make a difference and thank them for what they're doing, especially while they're away from their loved ones," Mr Gray said.
Mr Gray said the sub-branch had been distributing care packages to serving defence force personnel for a long time, and reminisced on receiving his own care pack and the joy it brought him while he was serving overseas.
"I remember the care package I got one particular time, there was Vegemite, a couple of old Daily Liberals, toothpaste, all the toiletries you wanted, and even a can of beer," he said.
"All my mates would be over to see what I got in this box of goodies."
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