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 was formed to thank the troops for their selfish sacrifices by sending them books. Why were books chosen? Below are many quotes that answers that question.
"Books are the blessed chloroform of the mind." Robert Chamko
"To read is to construct for yourself a refuge from all the miseries of life." W. Someset Maugham
"Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are." Mason Cooley
"To read is to construct for yourself a refuge from the miseries of life." W. Somerset Maugham
"The greatest gift is a book. It consoles, it disturbs, it excites, it experiences places outside the world around it." Elizabeth Harwick
"Books is a refuge from the vulgarities of the real world." Walter Pater
"Reading makes immigrants of all. It takes us from home, but more importantly it finds home for us everywhere." Joan Rivers
"Reading: Medicine for the MInd." (Inscription over the library in Thebes, Greece
"With books I am able to place my own concerns aside and curl myself in the cocoon of somebody else's imagination." Kate Kerrigan
"Every story is a ride to some place and some time other than here and now." A.A.Patawan
"You're never alone when you are reading a book." Susan Wiggs
"Books support us in our solitude and keep us from being a burden to ourselves. "Jeremy Folder
"A room without books is like a body without a soul." Marcus Cicero
"Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most wisest of counselors and the most patient of teachers." Charles William Elit
THAT IS WHY BOOKS FOR THE TROOPS!
Books For Troops, Inc. is growing everyday! We need your help! We now serve, the deployed, injured and recuperating soldiers that are in several of the VA hospitals across the U.S. and their families.
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 or email email@example.com.
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!