uk4u gifts for our troops uk4u Thanks! is a registered charity which provides Christmas Boxes full of presents (affectionately known as the 'Square Stocking') as a gift from the nation to all those serving in the UK Armed Forces on operations away from their families and loved ones on Christmas Day.

Each year, thanks entirely to generous donations from members of the public and our sponsors, uk4u Thanks! is able to send Christmas gift Boxes to UK Armed Forces personnel on duty overseas over the Christmas period on operations and at its peak, 24,500 boxes were produced annually for several years.

The charity does not receive any public funds, but the Ministry of Defence (MOD) supports the charity with advice and guidance on the number of boxes required and the contents. It also assists with the massive logistics operation it takes to deliver the boxes in time for Christmas Day by sending the boxes in any transport going out to operational theatres which has spare irreducible capacity.

We ensure that all Servicemen and Servicewomen who are serving on operational tours of duty away from their families and loved ones at Christmas receive a box, whether they are in the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army or the Royal Air Force, and wherever they are in the world.

The initiative was inspired by the 1914 Christmas Gift Fund, established by Princess Mary, the daughter of King George V. You can find out more about the first Christmas box here.





We rely on your generosity.
Help us to reach our to as many of our troops as possible.



We would like to thank everyone who has supported us over the years, here are a few.

  • BAE Systems
  • Westminster Foundation
  • Marks and Spencer
  • Sodexo
  • Airbus Group UK
  • Cooneen Watts & Stone
  • Vestey Foods