Books For Troops, Inc. is having a Fundraiser Dinner on Tuesday, October 14th from 6:00-8:00PM at the Grecian Gardens Restaurant, 1612 Rt. 9 in Halfmoon. All proceeds will be used for postage to send donated books to deployed troops in
Tickets for the Dinner – a Hot and Cold Buffet with beverage and dessert -- are $25/one adult, $45/two adults and $10/one child (under 12 years old). Seating is limited so checks should be mailed by 9/30 to Books For Troops, Inc. c/o
There will be a 50/50 cash drawing, as well as information about “adopting” a box of books to send to a soldier through BFT’s “Adopt-a-Box-of-Books” program.
Donations of DVDs (new or used) and/or puzzle books will be welcomed; however, due to space limitations, please do not bring books to donate.
As stated in a letter received by Books For Troops from a Corporal, “These books are reminders of home and of those who remember us. They remind us of why we are doing what we are doing.”
PLEASE HELP TO SEND A “LITTLE BIT OF HOME” TO OUR TROOPS BY SUPPORTING THIS FUNDRAISER!
For further information or questions, call 383-1706.
Delicious Hot & Cold Buffet includes the following:
Baked Ziti, Tossed Salad, Cold Cut Platter
Party Meatballs, Chicken Wings
Mozzarella Sticks, Fried Ravioli
Coffee, Soda, Cake & Ice Cream
I would like to thank Author Nick Pignatelli for donating 10 copies of his new book The Devil's Claw, An Adirondack Thriller. We will be sending these books to our troops deployed to Afghanistan and others recuperating in veterans hospitals. Nick also made a generous donation to help with postage for sending the books out. Below is a picture of Nick presenting me with the books. Nick has offered to donate 1 more book for every 5 that are sold and sent to Books for Troops, 152 Oak Brook Commons, Clifton Park, NY 12065. You can even read this thriller before you donate it. In order to qualify your book please mention bought for Books for Troops.
Books For Troops, Inc. recently received this letter from Sgt. William Proctor. He said "I am an avid reader stationed in a very remote area in the mountains of
After receiving this very moving letter, I’ve concluded that that the “box of books” we send holds much more meaning to our troops than just the books within it -- it also includes a "hug from home" so badly needed by our men and women who are homesick for the familiar that was left behind to protect us. Our “Adopt-A-Box-of-Books“ logo has been redesigned to show arms for hugging and a smile for support and good wishes.
You can send a box of hugs and 30 books for just $12.50 a box – a great deal!! Please help us by sending a check or money order payable to “Books For Troops, Inc.” and mail to 152
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. HOWEVER, the carting of heavy boxes of books from one of 4 spaces is getting more and more difficult. WE STILL WOUL LOVE A LARGE, ONE SPACE OFFICE to place our beautiful beautiful cases and to use our time and energy in a much more productive way.
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 email@example.com 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 put many smiles on those who need to smile and escape for awhile.
Alex Gerage making a difference from Illinois:
Alex Gerage, a BFT volunteer from Illinois, has just sent us over 3,000 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, Inc. 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 in VA hospitals in the US 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 getting the comics for the troops and raising the funds to mail them to our office in Clifton Park. However, we still need the money to ship them to our deployed troops and those recuperating in VA hospitals. It costs $12.50 to ship 100 comic books either overseas or within the United States. Please help us pay for these shipping costs by donating to Books For Troops, Inc., 152 Oak Brook Commons, Clifton Park, NY 12065.
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 workload considerably and our mailing costs in half. 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. Ellen
DVDs, CDs, PUZZLE BOOKS, PLAYING CARDS, SKIP-BO GAME , UNO, HANDHELD GAMES, BATS, BALLS, GLOVES BOARD GAMES.
Besides books, our troops need something to entertain them during long night shifts and down times. The games and puzzle books are easy to carry in back backs and help with alertness and acuity during night guard duty, while the bats, balls, and glove -- when the weather is decent -- are a wonderful way to pass time and to remember home. All items, except the puzzle books, may be used (rather than brand new), although the CDs and DVDs must have jackets. The bats, balls & gloves must be in useable condition, as well as the handheld games. If batteries are required, please include a supply. The board games may be used if the box is in decent shape and if all the parts and the DIRECTIONS are intact.
Please search through your DVDs and CDs that you no longer use, as well as sports equipment that you no longer want and remember that to the troops they can provide hours and hours of entertainment. If you have such items, contact Books For Troops at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Unfortunately, we have gotten little response to the troops' requests for DVDs, CDs and board and card games, such as SKIP-BO, UNO, DOMINOES. Board games help the troops to connect and ease their loneliness. 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.