BOOKS FOR TROOPS

                                 COMIC BOOKS                                   "It was the first time he saw his patients smile." a quote from a doctor in a VA hospital after walking through his ward of injured patients from Afghanistan. He was referring to them reading comic books.

 

Looking for Comic Books for the Troops

 

Books For Troops, Inc. is continuing to look for donations of comic books to send to our troops overseas.  The comics must be in decent condition and may be dropped off at any of our book donation locations (click on the "Book Drop-Office Locations" at the top of the page for locations).   Be sure to put the comics in a protective bag and write “comics” on it.  For large donations, email booksfortroopscp@yahoo.com for instructions. 

 

No comics to donate?   You can help by sending a donation so we can mail out the comics to the troops.  Send a check or money order to Books For Troops, Inc., 152 Oak Brook Commons, Clifton Park, NY 12065-2677.

That the comics are truly appreciated can't be said better than in the words of the troops:

 

 "I have read comics all my life and they have been a big part of my life since childhood. It is nice to read stories about super-heroes in print, but it is an honor to real life super heroes in action saving lives everyday in Afghanistan."  Rob

 

"I decided to ask for comics because it was a medium that tied our team together."  Smith

 

"The note about sending us comics has all the troops in D Co. astir, we are a big comic loving group here," and 

are looking forward to the escape they'll give us."  Matt

 

"This note is for Books for Troops and the amazing care package they put together for this soldier...I just received a care package full of comic books and graphic novels...You have hit the biggest home run in care packages. You packed that box as if you have known me for years. My most heartfelt gratitude to you for making home seem not quite so far away. ...Your efforts have made all the difference in the world to me. "  A medic in Afghanistan

 

 Your donation of $16.50 will put many smiles on those who need to smile and escape for awhile. (The price for sending comics is higher than the price of sending books because they cannot be sent using media rate.) 

 

Alex Gerage making a difference from Illinois:
Alex Gerage, a BFT volunteer from Illinois, has just sent us over 3,000 comics to be sent to the troops. He first learned about Books For Troops, Inc. in the spring of 2012 when he read an article about BFT's efforts to send comics to the soldiers after realizing from many of their responses how popular they were.  As a fan of comics and interested in an opportunity to give back to the military, Alex joined Books For Troops, Inc. in June of 2012 as its first "out-of- state member.  His sole goal was to share his love of superheroes with those who serve, and provide them a means of escape from their daily sacrifices and hardships.

Alex has done the hard part getting the comics for the troops and raising the funds to mail them to the troops.  However, we still need the money to ship them to our deployed troops and those recuperating in VA hospitals and our Wounded Warriors.  It costs 15.00 to ship 100 comic books either overseas or within the United States.  Please help us pay for these shipping costs by donating to Books For Troops, Inc., 152 Oak Brook Commons, Clifton Park, NY 12065.

Update:

Alex has decided to send the comics directly from his home to the troops and the hospitals.  This requires a lot of extra work on his part, but lessens our workload considerably and our mailing costs in half.  Previously, Alex paid the postage to send the comics to us and then we paid again to send them to Afghanistan or the hospitals. Now he is willing to do his own boxing and sorting and mail them directly, saving us paying for them twice.  Thanks, Alex!  Even from Illinois you are a great volunteer making a huge difference for our troops.  The troops will never stop loving the comics you so magically make appear. You create smiles in places where they are seldom seen. You must sleep soundly at night knowing what happiness you create. And if that is not enough, Alex covers our Twitter page because I am computer illiterate when it comes to Twitter and places all our pictures on our website. Alex, thank you for your commitment and for actually creating a comic branch of Books for Troops housed in Indiana. 

 

NEW UPDATE: Because of the higher demand for comics, because of Alex's hard work and dedication in the 6 years he has been a volunteer and because of his expertise in the comic book world, Books for Troops has asked Alex to be the Director for comic books. Enthusiastically for us and the the troops, he has said yes. Thank you, Alex.