Support Our Wildwood Troops

APO Addresses Needed!

We need APO addresses of Wildwood men and women serving abroad. Please send an email to Support Our Troops with the name and APO address of the service person you'd like to have receive a HOW care package.

Monetary Donations

To make a monetary donation to cover postage* or buy additional care package items, please send cash or check (payable to HOW) to:

Support Our Troops
PO Box 714
Wildwood, IL 60030

*Postage for one large flat rate box shipped to an APO address is approximately $12.


To volunteer to help with this project, please send an email to Support Our Troops saying you want to be a volunteer.

HOW Collects and Mails Your Donations for Military Care Packages

HOW is always collecting various items for care packages to be sent to our troops abroad. A collection box is located at Wildwood Park District's Rule House at 33325 Sears Blvd. Drop-off hours are M, T, W, F 9 AM - 2 PM, and Th 1 PM - 7PM.

Here is a list of suggested snacks, food and miscellaneous items to donate:

  • Beef jerky, Slim Jims
  • Energy bars (power bars)
  • Hot Sauce (Tabasco, Red Devil)
  • Sunflower seeds, peanuts, nuts
  • Salt, pepper, seasoning salt, spices
  • Hard candy (Atomic Fireballs, Jolly Ranchers)
  • Jelly beans, Smarties, SweetTarts, M&Ms
  • Powdered energy drink mixes (Gatorade)
  • Chewing gum, mints
  • Rice Krispie treats, Little Debbie's snacks
  • Cookies
  • Canned food (pasta sauce, olives, pickles)
  • Smoked oysters and sardines
  • Squeeze butter
  • Pringles chips, snack mixes
  • Individually-wrapped licorice
  • Microwave popcorn
  • Ramen noodles
  • Macaroni & cheese
  • Shelf stable microwave pasta
  • Hot cocoa mix, coffee
  • Soup mix
  • Vitamins
  • Microwaveable plates, bowls, paper plates
  • Ziploc-style plastic freezer storage bags - assorted sizes
  • Newspapers, magazines, paperback books
  • Word puzzle books
  • Pens
  • Poker game, playing cards, dice, dominoes
  • Music CDs, DVDs
  • Footbag / hacky-sack
  • Prepaid phone cards
  • Stress relief squeeze balls
  • Disposable camera
  • AA and D-cell alkaline batteries
  • Air fresheners (Stick-Ups, Febreze)
  • Personal hygiene gear (razors, toothbrush, toothpaste)
  • Avon Skin-So-Soft (great for removing face paint)
  • Eye wash, eyedrops (Visine)
  • Baby wipes packets
  • Shower-to-Shower body powder
  • Underwear, brown t-shirts
  • Boot socks
  • Shoelaces for gym shoes and boots
  • Sewing kit
  • Hand warmers
  • Inflatable seat cushions
  • Inflatable pillows
  • Canned air to blow dust out of electronics
  • IcyHot patches
  • Air activated heat wraps for sore muscles
  • Foot massager
  • Foot powder

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