How We Prep & Ship Boxes
W.H.E.A.T. serves soldiers, including K-9s, from all branches of the military with year-round, customized care packages. We “adopt” units throughout their full deployment and send only clothing items, food, and heavy-duty K-9 chew toys, etc., to our soldiers deployed overseas. We take special care to meet the “needs” and “wants” of every unit first. We then focus on meeting the “wishes” and “cravings” that each member in a unit expresses. Gourmet hot sauce? Snack cakes? Spicy chips? Canned sardines? Specific magazines or books? Specific brand of deodorant or shampoo? Cherry-flavored Chapstick? Heavy-duty dog chew toys? You got it! It’s our honor and privilege to serve those who serve our country. We do whatever it takes to meet every soldier’s request, every single time. Absolutely no exceptions!
W.H.E.A.T. includes a handwritten (or “paw-written”), personalized letter from a W.H.E.A.T. volunteer, school children, and/or our Labrador retrievers, Milo and Blizzard, in every box. Once a box is packed and weighed, a highly trained Board or staff member utilizes state-of-the-art, secure technology to complete all USPS Customs forms in-house. That way, when a W.H.E.A.T. volunteer delivers a box to a USPS employee, we know that it will be shipped properly and received with no hassles. USPS personnel merely scan the bar codes on W.H.E.A.T.’s boxes and send them on their way to our soldiers overseas. This streamlined process allows W.H.E.A.T. to maintain the strictest internal controls and security. W.H.E.A.T.’s data collection and finely tuned policies and procedures helped us earn GuideStar’s highest honor, the Platinum Seal of Transparency for both 2019 and 2020, something we’re very proud of.
Every position, from the Executive Director, Board of Directors, our administrative staff, to our Office Managers (Milo and Blizzard, our Labrador Retrievers) is 100% volunteer. Well, the Office Managers “work” for their favorite chew toys, doggie treats, and belly rubs! “Retirement” never felt so great! With your help, W.H.E.A.T. will “adopt” more troops and purchase specifically requested products to send to our active duty service members stationed abroad. Our efforts are all-inclusive, meaning, if you’re on our website (or you’ve heard about it from someone else) you’re part of the W.H.E.A.T. community. Please join us in honoring the brave men, women, and K-9s who serve our country by sending “a bit of home” overseas.W