Books For Troops’ first fundraiser dinner was a major success! The dinner was held October 14th at the Grecian Gardens Restaurant in
Fifty-eight people attended the event, including New York Senator Kathy Marchione of the 43rd Senate District. Many supporters who were unable to attend sent donations and their support. Also received were donations of over 50 well-needed DVDs. The 50/50 raffle and gift basket raffle were well-supported.
As a surprise, Senator Marchione presented Ellen Keegan, Director of Books For Troops, Inc. with a certificate of recognition as “Supporter of our men and women overseas.” Ellen thanked Senator Marchione for the certificate, emphasizing that it belonged to all of BFT’s volunteers, to everyone attending the dinner and to all those who donated time, money, books and other items to Books For Troops, Inc.
Thanks to all the donations of books -- we now have a plentiful supply! Please, please follow the guidelines when donating your books. We DO NOT want HARD COVERED books any longer. The troops carry the books with them in their pockets and hard-covered ones are just too big and cumbersome and the hospitals for the most part don’t want them. We do not want Romance novels -- even the woman soldiers don’t want them. We do not want smelly, old, musty, or yellowed books. Please donate only books that are almost like new. Our troops deserve the best. Almost every request I have gotten recently ask for DVDs (they may be used) or new puzzle books of any kind. We like to send small, inexpensive dictionaries, automatic pencils and highlighters to go with them. The puzzle books need not be expensive or elaborate. The $1.00 store has an excellent selection and also carries dictionaries and highlighters. These can be dropped at any book drop site, but please place in a plastic bag to keep them from being harmed. Thank you once again for your generosity. The troops appreciate everything because it reminds them that people at home remember them.
Almost every request I have gotten recently ask for DVDs (they may be used) or new puzzle books of any kind. We like to send small, inexpensive dictionaries, automatic pencils and highlighters to go with them. The puzzle books need not be expensive or elaborate. The $1.00 store has an excellent selection and also carries dictionaries and highlighters. These can be dropped at any book drop site, but please place in a plastic bag to keep them from being harmed. Thank you once again for your generosity. The troops appreciate everything because it reminds them that people at home remember them.
Boscovs offered Books For Troops, Inc. an opportunity to participate in their annual “Friends Helping Friends Program” to help us earn money by selling 25% off coupons for $5.00. The shopping day was October 21st and was a big success for BFT. We were able to sell 70 tickets to very supportive friends, relatives and the general public. Thank you for everyone who bought a ticket and I hope you enjoyed using it. A special thanks to all who helped to sell the tickets. You made the difference!
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
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