Join the Team - Contact Us
Web of Support.Com is not a big national org....its just me and my Dell Computer....I run the program, we are not a 501 C3 as I choose to keep it very grass roots ((smile))) that way I can keep it simple.... there are now approximately over 375 volunteers who have adopted a soldier (s) and will continue until the end of their deployment.
There are many ways to support our troops...not sure if you have checked out my blog http://webofsupport.com .
I do many events to promote adoptions and speak before groups if you have any connections who you think for benefit from hearing a presentation about supporting our troops. ... AirTran Airways has written about our program in their newsletter and we have many employees as part of our program...Many local business offices have taken on the adoption as a group project, they place a few flat rate boxes in their employee areas and people bring in things to ship, they chip in for the shipping......so far it has worked really well....we also have schools and girl scout troops, I never turn away a volunteer ((smile))) if I can help it.... There are a lot of ways to support our troops, I am always open to any and all suggestions to get stuff to "my kids" once you join you will receive newsletters with updated information, interesting things and special projects you can participate in such as Valentine Cards, Book Brigade for Soldiers and other things we do in addition to adoptions. ....
I am providing some useful information... don't be overwhelmed, it is really simple...write a letter to your soldier, send him a goody box at least once a month or more if you like...(I send every two weeks, I am addicted) I buy a lot of items at Wal-mart,
costco and the Dollar stores..... fill up a flat rate box (boxes, label and customs forms free from post office and mail...the customs forms are easy....if you have any trouble the Post office will help you.....always write Web of Support.Com above your name on return address.....remember it can take 10- 14 days for your mail to arrive in Iraq/Afghanistan.....some soldiers are very communicative, some not so if you need acknowledgement please do not join Web of Support...remember the purpose it to support them....so even if you don't hear from them, just keep writing and shipping...they are receiving their mail....if you have any questions, please email me or call me 775-691-7332...I am always available for you......I know you will find this to be a very rewarding and heartfelt experience. Some of our soldier’s use a military assigned email address...if yours does you might be able to email your soldier
A greeting card or a short letter (in your first package you should always include a letter to let your soldier know a little about yourself)
Customs Declaration and Dispatch note - PS Form 2976-A must be used for all international boxes.
This is easier than it seems, but is required for your shipments. If you use the following directions all will be well. This form is available at the post office - free. Forms can be found at the mail preparation tables.
FILLING OUT THE FORM
Fill out both the From and To areas.
Mark gift block, priority block mark the return to sender block since there is no return charge on priority mail.
There is a large blocked area for items being shipped, a column for quantity.....you need to list all of the items; however, just list all same items together...ie; if you have three different types of cookies just write cookies and 3 in the qty column....try to keep it simple....toiletries are just toiletries...you don't have to list each item... You will be asked if you want to insure the package, but if it is less than $100 don't bother.
Do not ship flammable items - or alcohol products. Glass bottles may be shipped however they should be sealed in zip lock bags to avoid leakage to other mail. Liquid items should also be packed in ziplock baggies, just in case..
Don't forget to pick up a few extra flat rate boxes and a couple of Customs Declarations while you at the post office. Ask for free FLAT RATE box cost 11.95 to ship to APO/FPO, pack 'em tight for most bang for the buck - lol!! Extra ziplock baggies are a treat for the troop’s, they can put their stuff in them to keep out the sand...
Here is a list of things that you can send. Once you get into the swing of doing this am sure you will come up with some more ideas. Your trooper may have some suggestions too.
Hot Cocoa, Cappuchino and Coffee Mate
Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip in small packets
Soft Toilet Paper (they don t have the good stuff)
Magazines, Word Finds, Crosswords, Brain Teasers (very limited on books)
Seasonings like Mrs. Dash or Tony's
Instant Coffee and Regular Tea
Popcorn, Microwavable Foods
Real Chips, Pretzels, Pringles
Lotions or Body Sprays
Leave in Conditioner (females are desperate for this and they don't have any here)
Exfolliating or Moisturizing Soap, Clearasil Facial Wash (unable to get here)
Stick ups or room deodorizers
Tampax or Tampons. - the kind with plastic
DVD's (they sale 'boot leg' movies here and the quality can be very bad)
Phone Cards (several of the soldiers use cards to call home and it can be expensive for them, so any cards would be helpful to them)
Steakhouse tenders ( like jerkey but softer)
Tyson Chicken pieces
Starkist tuna packs
Hormel Chicken and Dumplings
Hormel Roast Beef, Potatoes and gravy
Hormel Turkey and stuffing
Sardines in Mustard sauce
Can Starkist Tuna salad and crackers
Boxes Tropical Juice
Capri Sun Juice
Gator aid mix (pitcher size)
Chocolate Pudding snacks
Soup - in pop top cans
Vanilla Pudding snacks
Fruit and nut bars
Package Cheese nips
Package Chips Ahoy cookies
Package Ritz Bitz
Cup Pineapple bits in juice
Envelopes (they don't need stamps - Uncle Sam pick up the cost for their email)
Sunglasses (no markings on the arms or lens, I like to go to sporting goods department - fishin' glasses are very good and really knock out the glare from the sun)
Paperback books and Magazines (crossword puzzle books too - don't forget a pencil or two with an eraser)
Hand held computer games (don't forget extra batteries)
Bags of Candy (the troops share this amongst themselves and hand it out to the local kids too) [chocolate tends to melt in shipment depending on the time of year, so pay attention when you decide to send some, winter months are best)
Plastic fork and spoon and patriotic napkins...and 3 to 5 ziplock bags....(always toss in a few of these, even if you put items in ziplock baggies - they can always use more to keep the sand of their belongings)
Here are some more ideas for boxes that were thought up by a wonderful Marine Mom….
Themed Care Packages
Surviving the Sandstorms - Eye wash; Nasal spray; Chapstick; Bandana; goggles/sun glasses; etc
Laundry Load - Laundry soap ('sample size' or Tide tablets kind) to pack in with their clothes..in case there are no washer/dryers; Fabric softener sheets; clean socks and undershirts; Febreeze
Lotta Java - Tea; Cocoa; Coffee singles; creamer; sugar; International Coffee tins; cookies for dunking in coffee
Thanks a Million !! - Things that may "seem" expensive. Ex: Grey Poupon; electronic game of "Who wants to be a Millionaire?";
Hang in There ! - Stuffed animal monkey; Banana bread; Banana chips; Banana pudding (the kind that doesn't have to be refrigerated); Monkey's in a Barrel game; card with a monkey on it.
A Day at the Beach! - sunscreen; beach towel; beach snacks; flip flop sandals (shower shoes); aloe vera gel;
Medicine Cabinet - aspirin; band-aids; Neosporin cream; A&D ointment; cold medicine; alka seltzer; Rolaids; etc.
Staying Healthy - nutrition/health bars (ex: Powerbar; Tigers Milk; Myoplex); vitamins; Nutri-grain bars; Gatorade or other sports drink (to stay hydrated)
MRE/Mess Hall Survival Kit - restaurant size condiment packs of: bbq sauce, mustard, ketchup, mayo, relish, salt. Pepper, taco sauce, ranch, cheese in a can dip, etc
Correspondence Carton - notebook paper; stationery; pens; pencils; stickers (who knows they may even play with these!!); envelopes, address book (filled out already of course); camera (with a note to send back once it is full)
Action Hero's - Powerbars; squirt guns; Red Bull drinks; small Army figurines;comic books; Gatorade; Red Bull drinks; etc
To Be A Kid Again - silly string; bubbles; small bouncy balls; hacky sacks; brain teaser toys (rubix cube, etc); deck of cards; dominoes; slinky, Frisbee's; Pez w/ dispenser; Nerf balls; sand box toys (pail, small shovel, etc)
Bathroom in a Box - TOILET PAPER!!! (the soft stuff); razor refills; foot powder; bars of soap; fresh, clean, soft washcloth; travel size
shampoo/conditioner; toothpaste; toothbrush; etc
Ruck Sack Snack Pack - packed full of your loved one's favorite
snacks..possibilities endless. Doritos; M&M's; nuts; chips; dips; crackers;jelly beans; beef jerky; gum; etc.
Breakfast on the GO - mutrigrain bars; instant oatmeal cups; small boxes of cereal; pop tarts; Hostess donuts: Otis Spunk Meyer muffins; cocoa; coffee; Tang
Tube O Tasties - Just as something different.send a package in a tube instead of a square box. Make sure the parameters are acceptable though.
Stress Reliever - back scratcher; bubble wrap; yo-yo's; bubbles; squeezy tension ball
Sloppy Kisses - since we know chocolate melts over there..send a bunch of Hershey's kisses. Bound to be "sloppy kisses!"
I'm Nuts About You - peanuts; cashews; pistachios; peanut butter cookies; any candy or cookies with nuts in them; Nutter Butter's; Peanut Lover's Chex mix; Fiddle Faddle with peanuts
Rock On or Charlie ROCK - pop rocks; music cd's
Chili Today, Hot Tamale - hot tamales (candy); small cans of chili; red pepper flakes (like the ones at pizza parlors); salsa sunflower seeds; Cajun flavor Pringles; Spicy chex mix; Boston red hots; peppered beef jerky; taco bell hot sauce packets; Extreme Doritos; chili powder; nacho cheese sauce in a can;
Tums/Rolaids;, Jalapeñ¯ ’itz
And this little piggy went to the sandbox - (foot care kit)- foot powder; Dr, Scholl's boot inserts; foot lotion; foot file; fresh, clean socks; toe nail clippers; scrub brush; odor eater balls for shoes/boots; foot soaks (either include a small bucket or large Ziploc bags to soak feet it)
How do you eat your OREOS??!! - regular Oreos; peanut butter Oreos; double stuff Oreos; low fat Oreos; chocolate filled Oreos; chocolate covered Oreos; holiday Oreos
Muchas Gracias.Nachos Supreme - Doritos &/or Fritos &/or any corn tortilla chips; Mexican Velveeta; salsa (wrapped in bubble wrap); small can of olives (don't forget the can opener); bean dip; nacho cheese dip; small can of green chilies; jar of jalapenos (wrapped in bubble wrap); taco seasoning; small paper
plates or bowls (so they can make their nachos); taco sauce (especially easy are those condiment packets from Taco Bell); You could also send the sauces from the various Mexican dinner kits (they also have tortilla's in those dinner kits that
are sealed so they would probably get there without molding or drying out); Taco Bell Nacho Supreme kit
Sweet Tooth - Nerds; Gummy Bears; Laffy Taffy; Bubble Gum; Tootsie Rolls; Lolli pops; (any candy that won't melt)
Pamper Party (for females) - Feminine hygiene products; shampoo/conditioner; hair barrettes and scrunchies (same color as their hair); facial scrub &/or soap; facial mask; lotion; shower gel; razors; facial moisturizer; tweezers; nail care kit; toner; special facial products (alpha hydroxy; eye cream; etc)
Congrats on your promotion - congratulation party favors; all your loved ones favorites snacks; sparkled cider (wrapped in bubble wrap of course); etc.
For the Fisherman - Goldfish crackers; tuna pouches; canned smoked salmon; cans of sardines; gummy worms; Go Fish card game; Field & Stream magazine; electronic fishing rod game; Sponge Bob Square Pants stuffed toy; fishing game toy (made by
several different toy companies. Has a small fishing pole with a magnet on the end. Fish have magnets on their mouths)
Say CHEEEESE! - disposable cameras; cheese dip; Doritos; Cheetos; Cheese nips; Better Cheddars; Velveeta
Kick Back & Relax - Dominoes; playing cards; magazines; books; music cd's; crossword puzzles; jigsaw puzzles; word searches; hand held electronic games; squirt guns; water balloons; bubbles; hacky sacks; Nerf balls; board games (Axis & Allies, Clue, Trivial Pursuit, etc)
Christmas in July - wrap everything in Christmas wrapping paper; peppermint flavored hard candies
Italian Stallion - Italian cheese Ghardetto's; Pizza-licious Pringles; Pepperoni pizza Combo's; small Boboli pizza bread; pizza sauce (for dipping Boboli); canned Ravioli, spaghetti, lasagna, etc
American Classics - Pez with dispensers; Cracker Jacks; Lifesavers; Necco Wafers; Pop Rocks; Nerds; Good & Plenty; Candy Necklaces; Candy cigarettes
Deployed on Thanksgiving - canned turkey; instant mashed potato cups; hard breadsticks; gravy in a jar (wrapped in bubble wrap); Hostess apple pies; small can of corn (or other veggie); something special to cheer them up on Thanksgiving (pictures from home; magazines; tape recorded tape; small
Great ideas for troops that sometimes eat have to eat a lot of MRE's, Miss meals, share packages with a few others or just as a special treat for your adoptees.
Mexican Fiesta - Canned Chicken, Fajita Seasoning, Jalapeno Peppers, Hot Sauce, Flour Tortillas, Salsa, Cheese Dip, Nachos
Quesadillas - Flour Tortillas, Velveeta Cheese, Canned Chicken Or Tuna Pouches
**The flour tortillas that you find on the grocery store shelves are great, make sure you check the expiration dates!
Chinese Dinner - Canned Chicken, Kung Pao Seasoning (there are other types of Chinese dinner seasonings too), Peanuts, Chinese Vegetables, Minute Rice, Green Tea, Fortune Cookies, Chop Sticks
Italian Dinner - Noodles, Sauce, Beef Sausage or Salami for the Meat, Parmesan, Bread Sticks
Tuna Casserole - Boxes of Velveeta Cheese Shell Dinners or Easy Mac (packages are really small though), Green Beans, Pouches of Tuna, Bread Crumbs or Parmesan Cheese for the topping
Pizza Party - Only works if they have access to an oven - Chef Boy Ardee Pizza Boxes, sliced mushrooms, pepperoni, parmesan cheese, crushed red peppers, Aluminum Pizza Tins
Family Style Dinner - Canned Chicken, Idaho Instant Potatoes (the pouches are great!), envelopes of Gravy, Canned Vegetables
Hor D'oeuvre Tray - Beef Sausage, Salami, Cheese (other than the kind in cans, hickory farms sells other cheeses), Black or Green Olives, Dried Fruit in Pouches, Crackers
Remember to think about some of those throw away plastic containers that are microwable for them to cook in, a few utensils for stirring, and some paper plates....
Thanks so much for joining our wonderful group of dedicated and loving Adoptive families.