We would like to thank everyone who adopted a box or more for the Veteran's Day challenge that ended on Sept. 11, Veteran's Day. Not only did we meet our goal of 100 boxes, but we exceeded it by 40 more boxes. This money was used to send over 45 boxes of Christmas presents to an Air Force group of 90 men and women and to an army unit in a very remote area of Afghanistan living under very primitive conditions with outhouses and no toilet paper. We were donated 300 rolls of toilet paper by a company in Lake Geroge and we sent them other cleansing articles plus books and games to pass the time. The rest of the money will be spent sending books and comics, as well as puzzle books to both our VA hospitals and our troops. We are so grateful for the continued support of all of you who believe in our mission. Our letters of thanksfrom both the hospital administrators and the troops on the front lines guarantee us that these packages make a difference not only in their contents, but in the message they bring that they are cared for and supported by their homeland whom they sacrifice so much for. Thank you for making this message so loud and clear and please continue to support our work. Without it we could not exist. Ellen Keegan & Books for Troops Volunteers
Books for Troops,Inc is a 501 (c) (3) not-for profit organization registered with the NYS Charities Bureau (Tax ID #30-0704984). All contributions are tax deductible.
Children's books to be sent to deployed troops
Books for Troops has started a new program where we will be sending children's books in very good condition to the deployed troops in Afghanistan and Africa so that they will be able to read these books to their children via video conference. The idea came from one soldier who requested children's books to read for his 3 year old daughter. We need books for ages 1-12, both colorful picture books and good chapter books. Books can be dropped off at both Red Robins Restaurants in Latham and Clifton Park, and the Town Halls in Clifton Park and Halfmoon. Any questions concerning donations of books can be e-mailed to email@example.com. Donations of postage to send these books are also needed. This program will provide a tremendous boost to morale for both the troops and their families, and most importantly, the children, the innocent victims of this war. Please help us to make this program accessible to as many troops as possible. A donation of $12.50 for one box of books can send about 50-75 children's books. Donations may be sent to:
Books for Troops
152 Oak Brook Commons
Clifton Park, NY 12065.
Addendum: The Navy and the USO has started a program to connect the troops with their families using children's books that they read to their children on DVD's and then send home to their children along with the book. That way they can hear their deployed or injured parent read to them at any time. That means we need even more children's books for our troops and their family. The program is a wonderful morale builder for both parent and child. Elementary schools, in particular, we need your help in having book drives for children's books so that more children can connect with their parents in this very loving and homelike way. If you are a school willing to have such a drive, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or at the above address.
Help the parents who are sacrificing so much to protect us to connect with their children in this meaningful and loving way. Only hard-covered CHILDREN'S BOOKS are accepted, but as always, donations of soft-covered books for the troops themselves are still being accepted and their postage funds are needed as well.
God bless our troops and their families. - Ellen Keegan and Books for Troops volunteers
We truly appreciate the books drives for children's books made by:
WOOD RD. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN BALeiLSTON SPA
ALL SAINTS ACADEMY IN ALBANY.
Th drives alone were able to send several books to 60 children's parents deployed overseas. Thank you for your hard work and willingness to support our cause.
"You're never alone when you are read a book." Susan Wiggs
Both the injured troops and those deployed continue to need distraction from a very difficult exisitence. One of the things they continually request are puzzle books (especially find the word) of all kinds, cards, dice and poker chips. If they help them to escape for awhile, please help us to send them. They may be dropped in our book sites along with the books. The smallest thing makes the biggest difference. Each donation tells them that someone cares and supports them. Shenenedehowa High School East is the first school who has agreed to do a large book drive to receive donations of puzzle books. Their principal has been very enthusiastic about this communtiy service activity to have his students support the troops and will make it a huge success. If there are any other schools who would be willing to do a puzzle book drive or just a book drive, please contact Books for Troops at email@example.com.
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: Clifton Park Town Hall; Halfmoon Town Hall; Print & Graphics Group, Fire Road in Clifton Park; Red Robin in Clifton Park and Latham, DMV in Ballston Spa and Saratoga. Be sure to put the comics in a protective bag and write “comics” on it. For large donations, email firstname.lastname@example.org. No comics to donate? Send a check for $12.50 to help with mailing the comics to Books For Troops, Inc., 152
"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. "
medic in Afghanistan
Your donation of $12.50 will keep the comics moving to those who truly need the Escape!!
ALex Gerage making a difference from
Alex Gerage a volunteer from Illinois has just sent us over 3000 comics to be sent to the troops. He first learned about Books for Troops in the spring of 2012 when he read an article about Ellen'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 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.
What began as donating a few issues from his modest comic collection has since grown into a comprehensive effort to bring thousands of comics to the American troops all over the country in the VA hospitals and deployed around the world, especially those in combat zones. With the help of family, friends, three Chicagoland comic book stores and (counting) , Alex has organized a series of comic book drives, fundraisers and individual donations on behalf of Books for Troops. In total, Alex has helped send over 7000comics and raise over $500 in donations, as well as encourage another company in the Chicago area to donate another $500 to alleviate the shipping costs from Illinois to Clifton Park. These totals are growing by the week.
The letters of appreciation he has received he has received from the troops overseas and the VA hospitals has been proof that his efforts have not been in vain. He looks forward to making even bigger and better contributions on behalf of Books for Troops in the future.
Alex has done the hard part and gotten the comics for the troops and raised the money to get them to our office in Clifton Park. However, we still need the money to ship them to our troops that are deployed or in the VA hospitals. It costs $15 to ship 100 comics either overseas or within the country. Please help us pay for these shipping costs by donating to Books for Troops, 152 Oak Brook Commons, Clifton Park, NY 12065
Also maybe other states could model what Illinois did through Alex's efforts and pool some comic book stores together to send us comics. One VA doctor said, "He never saw smiles until the comics came in." Help to put a smile on someone who needs to smile so much. Send a donation or some comics that are in good taste.THANK YOU !!! THANK YOU! THANK YOU !!! Alex. You are tops among the troops and among Books for Troops.
All comics may be dropped off locally at all drop-off points listed. Please place the comics in a bag to protect them.
Alex and partners have just sent us another large group of comics that are on their way to our injured troops in the VA hospitals across the nation. Thank you Alex for sending so much happiness.
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 work load considerably and even better cuts in half our expense of sending the comics. Previously Alex either had to raise the money to send the comics to us or we had to send him money for their postage and then we had to box them and pay the postage again to send them to the troops. 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. They 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.
We had our first of two craft fairs where we displayed one of our two wreaths that held each $100 worth of scratch-offs. We sold raffle tickets to win the wreath and raised $300. Hopefully we'll do as well next week as we go to a second craft fair and raffle off the second wreath. We were donated slightly over 200 scratch-offs. Once again thank you for those who donated them. Even the smallest donation can make a big difference.
Books for Troops has expanded and grown since its start in 2009. We need to increase our staff along with it. We need people who are available during the week to work a few hours a month sorting books, shelving them, bringing them to other locations, shopping, mailing our books, helping on fund raisers. Hours are flexible. Knowledge of the computer would be helpful but not necessary. If interested, please contact Ellen at email@example.com.