Arbroath, on the east coast of Scotland, has a population of around 22,000. It is also the home of 212 (Highland) Battery, Royal Artillery (Volunteers), the local Territorial Army unit.
The past couple of weekends hundreds of comfort boxes have been assembled at the TA's premises. The boxes are the result of an appeal, dubbed Operation Camouflage, run by the town's Morrisons superstore.
The store recently placed a large cage on the shop floor where people who would like to help those serving abroad can donate items they have purchased. The general manager George McLaughlin, gave an open letter to customers explaining why the cage was there and asking them to pick an item from the shopping list provided, add it to their trolleys, then place it in the cage before they leave the store.
The people of Arbroath have run such a community scheme before when they ran Operation Baby Wipes for 45 Commando while they were on duty in Afghanistan.
The local councillor stated, "It's been an absolutely tremendous effort all round." I second that.