BOOKS FOR TROOPS, INC, (BFT) was started in southern Saratoga County, New York, in April 2010 by retired school teacher, Ellen Keegan who wanted to gather books to send to our troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq, Her idea was to give them a source of escape from the horrors they were seeing each day; to offer them a release from loneliness, boredom, stress, homesickness, and fear; and to show them that they were not forgotten by those at home that they were sacrificing so much to keep free.
Books For Troops, Inc. also wanted the books to remind the soldiers of home and to give them the message of how grateful and proud we were of them. Our mission has expanded over the years since BFT has been in existence to include 18 VA hospitals across the US; the American Red Cross Wounded Warriors Program, as well as the families of the troops, in particular the children.
BOOKS FOR TROOPS, INC, was founded to send "care packages for the mind" to the troops in Afghanistan and Iraq by providing a variety of books that help ease their fears, loneliness, boredom, stress and to allow them a temporary escape from the horrors that they see and live daily. It was also founded to raise awareness of the sacrifices, both big and small, that our troops are making to protect us and to remind them that they are not forgotten.
Books For Troops, Inc.'s goal is to not have books be one of the sacrifices that the troops have to endure. BFT believes that books help:
Books For Troops, Inc. is growing everyday! We need your help! We now serve injured and recuperating soldiers that are in several of the VA hospitals across the U.S.
> You don't really need all or any of these skills or abilities, just a strong desire to help the troops. Hours are very flexible and you only need to work a few hours a month -- whatever you can fit in. For more information, please contact Ellen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
> “To participate in the "Adopt-a-Box-of-Books” program, (or in other words, pay the postage of $12.50 to mail a box of approximately 35 books), just mail a check or money order, payable to Books For Troops, Inc., to 152
> If you have questions or would like additional information about BFT, contact Ellen Keegan at
373-4939 or email@example.com (please type "Books For Troops" in the memo line)
The troops are always in need of things to help them get through the long nights of nightwatch. Please consider donating:
All of these items are great reminders of home. You can drop them off at any of the book collection sites.
Books in great condition soft-covered (can be dropped off at any book collection site).
Money to cover postage (mail checks or money orders to Books For Troops, Inc., 152 Oak Brook Commons, Clifton Park, NY 12065).
Fundraising ideas -- and even better the willingness to do a fundraiser!
People to help with mailings and/or move boxes of books from one facility to another. We are in desperate strong people to work a couple of hours a month to help with heavy lifting. You will really be making a difference!