Notable Sites on the Web
Every once in awhile we get notified about unique (and fascinating) websites that catch our eye and cause our minds to envision possibilities for the military family. We will attempt to post these type sites here. We also offer a Link section for other sites and the majority of our links will be found there.
This site (TinCan.com) is one such website. The interest of the site is that Mom or Dad can actually hear their child read or in the reverse read a bedtime story to their child without waiting days for the mail, or paying an arm and leg. Yes, TinCan.com offers many FREE books and cards that be used.
The site helps families and friends stay in touch by telling tales, singing songs or just saying hello. Users choose a storybook or greeting card, record their voice online to accompany it, and send it off to someone they care about as an e-mail message. There is no special software, and no downloads. It's Simple, Personal, Immediate and Free.
This is a new refreshing way to keep in touch with the ones we love no matter where they are. For example, children can read in a book or card from the Tincan site and email it to Dad, whether he is overseas or just around the corner. Or Mom / Dad can do the same and email a book to their child. It's a great new site were the possibilities of spreading joy through reading and laughing abound.
United Through Reading program (www.read2kids.org)
Similar to Tin Can but with a distinct advantage, UTR allows military children to actually see their dads reading a book via DVD or video tape. My children loved to see the package Daddy had sent from the desert and would run to the t.v. hugging it as if he were right there in front of them.
UTR is a non-profit organization dedicated to keeping military families connected through books. It can also be found on the America Supports You website.