BOOKS FOR TROOPS

William Schweitzer, (Bill),  PASSSED AWAY ON WEDNESDAY, Jan. 12, 2017, one of the original founders of Books for Troops in 2010. 

Bill Sweitzer, at the age of 18 enlisted in the Marine Corps and served in the Korean conflict. After the war he worked for 42 years for the railroad including NY Central, Penn Central and Conrail. After retirement he moved to Clifton Park with his wife, Judy where they enjoyed traveling. He also was a lifetime member of the Marine Corps League and the American Legion Post 1450 in Halfmoon and the Adironack chapter the Adirondack chapter of the Korean War Veterans. Bill and his friends worked to build a a Marine Museum in Buffalo. He also found time to be one of the original volunteers to lay the foundation for Books for Troops. Even after his retirement from being an active member of BFT, he continued to support our work. His sense  of humor, hard work and dedication helped us to tough out those very difficult, but very crucial years to build what we have today. His life ended with a diagnosis of cancer which he bravely fought. He will be missed by those who worked with him at BFT and by all whom he touched with his kindness, support and humanity. Rest in peace, Bill after a very productive life of being there for others. Ellen Keegan and all volunteers from Books for Troops. 

Alex Gerage surrounded by many of the thousands of comics he has gotten donated to the troops through Books For Troops, Inc. See his story under "Thank You's."

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MEET SOME BFT VOLUNTEERS

"Every story is a ride to someplace and time other than here and now."  A.A.Patawan

Below are pictured the very loyal and  dedicated  volunteers that make up Books for Troops.

Without their hard work and sincere committment to our troops, Books for Troops  could not have delivered

over 500,000 books and good will to thousands of our troops who feared they were not remembered.

Books for Troops showed them through our dedicated volunteers and community that this was not so!

  

  BFT Volunteer Joanne Wildy bringing in books to garage space donated by Oak Brook Commons in Clifton Park; books are sorted and stored in the garage until mailed out.  

 

  

 

 

  The greatest gift is a book. It consoles, it distracts, it excites, it experiences places outside the world.  Elizabeth Harwick

The community of Clifton Park helping collate comics being sent to our Troops   

                 

Ellen Keegan, Founder and Director of Books For Troops, Inc., organizing books by category

 

Karen and John Sapone, BFT Volunteers, browsing through books thry collected at a book drive

 

Nabeel Saeed bringing books to the Post Office from our office in Halfmoon

                                      

Brian Wolfe, BFT Volunteer and first recipient of our BFT Scholarship.  Even though Brian is at college in Massachusetts, he finds time each vacation home to come and help with the mailing and moving of books! 

 

 

 Mary Partridge Brown at her facility, Grassroot Givers, that she created to help poor & homeless in Albany, providing food, clothing, etc.  Her special interest is in providing & making more books available for children.  She is a very strong supporter of Books For Troops, Inc. by donating an endless suppport of adult books for our troops.

                                     

 

With books I am able to place my own concerns aside and curl myself up in the cocoon of somebody else's imagination, Kate Kerrigan