BOOKS FOR TROOPS

THANK YOU TO DONORS

There have been so many individual donors, organizations, companies services who have donated books, comics, money, and considerable time and effort to make Books For Troops, Inc. able to continue and even grow in the past three + years.  We are now incorporated and listed as a 501(c)(e) non-taxable charitable organization.

We are reaching troops in Afghanistan, Iraq, Africa, and Korea, as well as many of the naval ships.  We are also sending to 18 VA hospitals across the US where our troops are recovering.  Finally, we are sending books to the families of our troops and children's books to the deployed parents to be read to their children via Skype or to be recorded on tape to be sent back home to their children as bed time stories to be read in their own voice to their children.

All this has happened because thousands have believed in our mission to improve the quality of life of those in war zones with books.  That it has been a success is evidenced form the countless letters from the soldiers and families.  Please see "Letters from Soldiers" and "Letters from Families" and you will see the result of your support. Not only the books themselves, but the message of support and care that each book represents, reminds our soldiers that they are far from forgotten. 

 It took much more than a village to make this happen and we would like to name as many people as possible that created this "village" of good will of and support.  We would like to be able to list the individual donors, but because of their numbers, we are afraid many would be omitted.  However, know that you are the foundation of our organization and you are the top of the list of people we thank.  

In addition I will  attempt to list all the companies, organizations and services that have also made possible all those thousands of books and comics that have helped our troops forget for awhile the life they live while sacrificing for us to keep us free.  Names/organizations are listed alphabetically. 

Our "village" keeps getting bigger and bigger helping us to reach even more troops with our message of support and care. 

Kathleen and Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory Do it a Third Time as Promised.

Kathleen and her husband delivered over 3000 books this year and a very generous check for postage that far outdid the first two successful drives that she and her fellow workers have done for us in the past two years. The books and the postage money will once again make possible boxes and boxes of quality books to be sent to the troops who welcome the escape and the entertainment they provide. Kathleen, you are truly making a huge difference in the quality of lives of our troops by showing them annually that they are well-remembered and appreciated by many. Books for Troops is so grateful to have you support our mission. Thanks from the bottom of our hearts, Ellen, Joanne, Lisa, Barbara, Dale, Nabeel, Lisa, Chris

(continued) THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU SO MUCH!

THANK YOU TO:

All individual donors of books, comics, and monetary donations & services 

Albany Broadcasting 

Alexander Hamlet, Author

Aliperti, Michael and Kristine 

All Saints Academy

All Saints Catholic Academy (Spirits Day) 

Allerdice Hardware 

American Legion Post, Post 1450, Halfmoon

Amazon 

Anscombe, Donna 

Assemblyman Jim Tedisco

Aw Yeah Comics, Skokie, Illinois

Berry, Jessica & Jerry 

Baird, Sue 

Phil Barrett 

Elizabeth Bitner 

Bates, Marjorie 

Ballston Spa Schools

Debbie Bedford

Bella Napoli Bakery 

Brian Barton- Home Electronic Services 

Beza, Debbie & Bruce

Jen Blood

Claude Bonnier 

Books B Gone

Book Barn, Latham

Boy Scouts of America

British American

Brown, Greg 

Burnt Hills Transportation

Burnt Hills Volunteer Fire Department

Calvary United METHODIST church 

Aileen Campbell

Caestrati, Joe 

Catholic Daughters of America

Christ Lutheran Church in Reading, PA

Clifton Park Elks 

Citizens Bank, Clifton Park

College of St. Rose

CSR Alumni Relations

Comix Gallery

Community News

Community Service Committee Delmar Progress Club 

Community Work Order Progrram, Saratoga County

Congressman Chris Gibson

Corpus Christi Church 

Maggie Newland Conroy 

Country Drive-In Restaurant,  Clifton Park 

William and Allison Danahar 

Department of Motor Vehicle offices in Saratoga County

3N Document & Destruction Co.

Dunkin' Donuts

Jean Dwyer 

Eastline Books, Clifton Park

Earthworld Comics 

Eleanor & Leimat and Friends of Rae Jan Library 

Ellis Hospital, Schenectady

Federal Express

Flynn, Mae 

Fit For Life, Clifton Park

Fox 23 News

General Electric, Research

CDR Daniel Gage 

Aline Galgay

Paul and Ellen M. Kierman-Gerber 

Patricia Giglio-CDPC

Global Foundries, Malt

Teresa Fugazzi 

Owen Greenspan 

Hannaford Supermarkets

Harbor House Fish Fry Restaurant, Clifton Park

Marlene Hickey

Bob and Paulette Hinds

Hoosick Falls Elementary-Mrs. Patten's First Graders

Jim Barrett Beat Shop

Fonda, Betty 

Kate Frederick 

Gregory and Judith Gerwitz 

Grecian Gardens

Joseph E. Zaloga Unit 1520 American Legion Auxiliary 

Karen Bobo Book Drive 

Kathleen Hartley Book Drive

Hiadum, Linda 

Keezletown Ruritan Club 

Kelly, Maureen 

Ruth Kelleher 

Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory

Kurt Kamm, Author

Knights of Columbus, Saratoga Springs

Latham Colonie Columbiettes

Leupold, Deborah 

Lindsey's Country Store

Loudonville  Elemntary

Luebbers Family 

Mabey's Storage

Maestas, Herman 

Marie Morrison Outreach Program

Maguire, Judy 

Mechanicville Elementary School

Mom's Club

National Bank of Scotia and Employees

Nemeth, Kim 

Newbury Comics and Duncan Brown 

Bob Neville 

Ed Newland 

Niskayuna Reformed Church

Norampac Boxes

North Colonie School District 

Oak Brook Commons Apartments, Clifton Park

Operation Adopt A Soldier, Inc.

Operation Paperback

Lucille Ouimet 

Joseph Palko

Pennysaver Weekly Paper

Philips, Eric 

Pittstown UMW 

Pitney Bowes Software

Lisa Plummer 

Print Productions 

Fran Porter

Price Chopper Supermarkets

Print Graphics

Plummer & Wigger, LLC

Pyle, Gregory 

Queensbury Senior Citizens 

Queen Anne Senior Citizens Club 

Rana Hughes Book Drive

Red Robin Restaurants in Clifton Park

Red Robin Restaurants in Latham

Regal Cinema, Clifton Park

Naomis Ricci 

Judith Ricci 

Danielle Reich 

Rider, Ray 

Donna Riley 

Jean Roos

Rob Roos

Route 84 Lumber 

Karen Sapone 

Anna Stay 

Sandwich Shop in Clifton Park

Saratoga Elementary Schools

Saratoga Library

Saratoga Race Track

Saratogian Newspaper

Schenectady Gazette Newspaper

SCA Tissue

Scotia Rotary

Shaker High School Book Drive, Latham

Shenendehowa High School East, Clifton Park

Siebert, Wendy 

Siena College, Loudonville

Smith, Carolyn 

Smith, Donna 

Spotlight Newspapers

St. Jude's School, Wynantskil

Stanton, Janet 

Starbuck's, Clifton Park

Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Strano

Peter and Gail Swoto 

Total Facility Solutions

Times Union Newspaper

Town of Clifton Park, Enduring Freedom

Town of Halfmoon 

Troy, New York, Mayor's Office

United Parcel Service

United States Post Office, Clifton Park

Upstate NY Chapter of the 10th MINT DIV 

Voorheesville Central High School

Walmart Supermarkets

Waterford Farmer's Market

West Crescent Fire Department

Joanne and William Wildy 

William Sandford Library

Matthew Wolfe 

Wood Road Elementary School

Williams, Alana 

Usborne Books 

 

There are many more supporters that have not been named due to the volume of donations we receive. We want to thank every single person who has helped us continue our work for the past 4+ years. If your name or organization was inadvertently not listed please contact me at ekeegan3@nycap.rr.com. and it will be put on right away. Ellen Keegan

SPECIAL THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING:

 3N Document and Destruction Co. who donates their services for our recycling needs.

Print Productions for doing our quality printing at very reduced prices. 

Oak Brook Commons who donates two of our garages used for the storage of our books

Normapac Co. who donates all our shipping boxes.

SCA tissue  who has provided rolls of toilet paper for 2 locations of deployed troops who have none. They have just donated 7/2/14 two hundred more rolls of toilet paper for our troops.

US POST OFFICE, CLIFTON PARK, RTE. 9  who takes care of all our mailing needs with humor, professionalism, and respect. The only post office we trust with our precious cargo.

Albany Broadcasting who has donated our large, heated, air-conditioned, street entrance office in Latham, making our life so much easier, more comfortable, brighter and more spacious. However, we also wish to thank the Town of Halfmoon for providing us with a home for 6 years when no one else offered. Unfortunately we grew and their space couldn't nor could they remove the stairs that we climbed lugging heavy boxes of books to and fro.  We were treated at all times with respect, kindness and care.  

 

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THE FAMILY OF COLONEL RAY L. RIDER

Colonel Rider's family has donated several boxes of beautifully bound books concerning all aspects of World War II which were a part of his personal collection.  Several of the collection contained very graphic photographs of the Great War and its horrors.  There were excellent biographies of many of the well-known names of the period and in that war, including President Roosevelt.  There was also included books on WWI.  The collection is priceless and of museum quality & his family felt it would be a great tribute to their father, who could no longer house the books, to give them to his beloved troops.  They are now in the library of the Oklahoma VA hospital where our most needy troops, the disabled and wounded, are recovering.  I asked his son, Doug, to write a brief biography of Col. Rider. This is what he wrote: 

"Col (ret) Ray L. Rider graduated  from Oregon State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1962 and entered the Air Force later that year.  first assignment was to the AF Weapons Laboratory at Kirkland AFB, NM.  While there he was selected to be a pilot and attended Undergraducate Pilot Training at Webb, AFB, TX.  Over the course of his career, he flew the F-100, F-4, and F-16, including a one year tour in Viet Nam flying the F-100.  He is a graduate of Air War College.  His command assignments included Squadron Commander of the 612 TFS at Torrejon AB in Spain, Director of Operations at Zagagoza AB in Spain, Base Commander at Helinikon AB in Greece,  and Base Commander at Lowry AFB, Co. Col. Rider retired from the AF in January 1992. He is currently living in Centennial CO. Congratulations Col. Rider on your dedication to our country and thank you for your priceless gift and legacy to our troops."

Many thanks to the family of Colonel Ray L. Rider!

PLEASE NOTE!

If your name or organization was inadvertently omitted in the list above, please contact us at ekeegan3@nycap.rr.com.  Your contribution is important to us and we would like to acknowledge it.

The "Cadillac of Book Drives" held by Kathleen Hartley,August 2013; Even better in 2014.

The book drive, for the month of August in 2013, her second, brought in 3,467 books including hard-covers, soft-covers, children's books, puzzle books, puzzles, plus $200 for postage. In 2014 Kathleen not only topped her number of books, but brought in over $600 in money for postage. What an incredible effort and what wonderful support and care for the troops. Thank you from them and from Books for Troops.

 

The Porsche of Book Drives- August 2016

Kathleen Hartley brought in over 2000 books and almost $2000 for postage. Her story is in What's New?"