Friday, July 4th:
The three winning raffle tickets were drawn today. First ticket drawn belonged to Linda Hanbridge who chose the Basket of Cheer. Second ticket drawn belonged to Susan Leach and she chose the Coleman Ice Chest on wheels. Third and last winner was Wendy Natan who won the picnic basket full of picnic items. Linda has already picked up her prize and loved the beautiful arrangement of spirits and wine glasses created by Books For Troops' volunteer Joanne Wildy.
BFT would like to thank all who supported us by participating in the raffle and a special "thank you" to those who helped sell the raffle tickets. We netted $553, all of which will be used for postage for boxes of books being sent to our troops in Afghanistan and to injured troops in VA hospitals across the US.
Please continue to support BFT's efforts to help improve the quality of life of our troops through the gift of books and good wishes. Books, as wisely stated by the ancient Greeks, truly are "Medicine for the Soul." Because of your support in the past and in the future, BFT will continue to provide this "medicine" to those who are healed by it.
Please keep the troops in your thoughts and prayers. They are sacrificing, not only their lives, but the very quality of their lives so that we can live in freedom and safety!
(Pictures of the three winners of the raffle will be added at a later date.)
NICE HAPPENNGS is exactly what it says. It is a page that covers everything nice that has happened for Books For Troops, Inc. or the troops. You have to read it to understand why we needed it. What took so long?
While it is true that Books For Troops, Inc. would still like a larger office without stairs, Eagle Scout David Boodram, as the project to earn his Eagle Scout Medal, has made the need less imminent by building and donating to Books For Troops, Inc. 9 beautiful wooden bookcases. These bookcases have transformed our barely functional, dark basement area into a beautiful, brighter, much more useable library. The lighter finish on the wood brightens the dark space and the size of the bookcases allows us to store more books in a much more organized setting.
To read more about this project, go to the newly created page, 'Nice Happenings!"
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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 $12.50 will keep the comics moving to those who truly need the Escape!!
Alex Gerage making a difference from Illinois.
Alex Gerage, a BFT volunteer from Illinois, has just sent us over 3000 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 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 Chicago 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 10,000 comics.
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 $12.50 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. Comics may be dropped off locally at all drop-off points listed. Please place the comics in a brown bag to prevent from stealing.
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 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. 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.
DVDS, CDS, PUZZLE BOOKS, PLAYING CARDS, SKIP-BO, UNO, HAND-HELD GAMES, BATS, BALLS, GLOVES
Besides the books, the troops need something to entertain them during long night shifts and during the down times. The games and puzzle books are easy to carry in back backs and help with alertness and acuity during night guard, while the bats, balls, and gloves, now that the weather is decent is a wonderful way to pass time and to remember home. All except the puzzle books may be used, although the CDS and DVDs must have jackets. The bats, balls & gloves must be in useable condition, as well as the hand-held games. If batteries are required, please include a supply.
Please search through your DVDs, CDs that you no longer use, as well as sports equipment that you no longer l have replaced and remember that to the troops they can provide hours and hours of entertainment. If you have such things, please contact Books for Troops at email@example.com. Give those forgotten items a second, very appreciated life again and give a very important message to the troops that you care and support them. Ellen
UPDATE: We have gotten little response from the troops' requests for DVD's, CD's and BOARD AND CARD GAMES such as SKIP-BO, UNO, DOMINOES. These requests really make a difference in the quality of their life, otherwise they would not be on almost every request list we receive. Their living conditions are so empty of the comforts of home, please try to supply them with these little requests which make such a difference in morale. They are sacrificing so much to keep us free and safe. Please sacrifice the price of one or two of these items to remind them that you are grateful. Ellen Keegan