First and foremost I would like to thank you for your support. I have sent a formal thank you letter which you should receive in a couple weeks, but also wanted to email you and let you know how much we really appreciated the generosity and support we've received from back home. It really means a lot to all the Soldiers here. Each and every package we have received is very much appreciated; it brings a sense of home to the Soldiers here and has helped with our missions we have had. We truly appreciated the care packages of comic books. I would have liked to formally thanked you sooner, but with our constant movement around Afghanistan it's been quite difficult. However I have the time and the capability now to let you know how much we truly appreciate your generosity. The closest thing we can do is express it and include a photo so you know who you are supporting. Thank you again for all the support.
Alex and the BFT team,
Thank you for all you do for my fellow service members and I! Every comic you sent was quickly taken up (and shared, of course) and very much appreciated by all! There is a stigma or stereotype of those in the military, but we are all very much like everyone else and enjoy getting away from it all from time to time with things that maybe aren't as 'adult' or things tough guys do. Personally, I've always loved comics and heroes such as Iron Man and have not lost my interest with age. Thank you again for adding bits of joy into our daily grind!
"I received your books today. Thanks so much. I am starting to build my book collection since being homeless and your books will be a big part of that effort. Surprisingly several of them were on my ultimate dreams books list, which is awesome. ..I just love books, reading them, anticipating reading them. It's exciting! I shared the books with other Veterans in the shelter. It felt so good to do so-paying it forward and good for everone's karma. There's a good place for all of you in heaven.
We received another full box of books, DVD's, and puzzle books today, complete with letters. I would like to thank all those who helped to put it together for all my Soldiers. I would like to give a special thanks to a very supportive group of Special first graders in Mrs. Patten's class in School 18 in Troy, NY. Your letters have been passed out to my Soldiers and I they cannot thank you enough for all the nice things you had to say. I want you to know that my men and myself are doing fine and we really appreciate all the support you give us. It makes it all worthwhile."
"Thank you so much for the books you have sent us. I chose for myself, The Help and Confessions of a Stepsister during my down time. It helps me to escape from 100+ days working in a warzone. The other books were shared with my unit and the rest went to our USO. Thank you for reminding us of home in such a nice way.
Ellen and BFT team,
Thank you so much for all you do for my fellow service members and more importantly all our families. It is widely understood that being in the military we are taught on a daily basis how to be resilient and motivated during the toughest times. Sometimes it isn't easy for those in the military to focus and maintain and reassure their family at the same time. I cannot thank you enough for your dedication to this and let you know you do make a big difference in everyone's lives. As the quote you provided in your letter says, reading is a refuge from reality. Thank you again and know your gift is widely used and appreciated by all.
Dawn reached out to Books for Troops after her very close friend had been badly injured in Afghanistan. He had recently arrived at a VA hospital & Dawn, overwhelmed by his injuries and his mental state called me for help. We had several conversations over the months and this is what she wrote recently on Facebook. I was very touched by what she said. Ellen Keegan
"Ellen is among the kindest of souls. Though I have never met her, I felt her spirit reach out to hug me when I needed such kindness. Her organization is quiet and steady and provides a greatly appreciated service. She extended herself well beyond ordinary effort and offered a dear military friend escape and interest through the books she shared. This is an excellent organization if you are seeking a non-profit to donate to. "
On behalf of the (hospital named above) Healthcare System patients and staff we would like to extend our appreciation to you for your donation of books and puzzle books. Your thoughtfullness reflects the concern that you feel for our Veterans and for the service to all of us while in service to our country.
Without your support we could not provide the smaller niceties that make hospitalization more bearable. Your thoughtfulness also reflects the concern and compassion that your community feels for our Veterans. Thank you for your continued support. "
The American Red Cross beginning in the mid 1800's with Clara Barton has been committed to supporting the Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, hospitalized. It is important to these troops that the American people support them and care about them. We are thankful that Americans are donating quality of life items. It is heartwarming to know that Volunteers of Books for Troops have contributed countless books to patients without receiving any remuneration other than our gratitude and those of our troops. Thank you for reminding our Veteran's that you really remember and care.