Books For Troops, Inc. will begin its raffle of a chest full of $600+ worth of New York State lottery scratch-off tickets on April 15th. The trunk will be filled with fifteen $10.00 lottery tickets, a majority of $5.00 tickets, and some $3, $2, and $1 tickets. The cost of the raffle ticket is $5.00 for 1 or $12.50 for 3 (which is the cost of the postage for one box of books). The drawing will take place on July 4, 2015.
The winner will be announced on this page, What's New!, on July 4th, as well as on Facebook and Twitter. The winner will also be contacted by e-mail or telephone. There will be an announcement in the local newspapers as well, but as we cannot send the announcement until the drawing, the papers take longer to place the announcement.
To purchase a raffle ticket, please provide the following: your name, mailing address, email address, phone number and the number of tickets you would like to purchase, written on the memo line of your check. Checks should be made payable to Books For Troops, Inc. and mailed to: Books For Troops Raffle, c/o 152 Oak Brook Commons, Clifton Park, NY 12065.
If you have any questions, please send an email to email@example.com.
Remember: All proceeds will be used for postage to send out our books. Good luck and THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
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. Recently we have started to get requests for books on tape as well. 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.
If any school, large company, office, or organization would like to do a book drive for these items as well as books, it is a lot easier than you think. All it requires is a letter to students, employees, etc ( which I can provide) with a few boxes scattered around your building. You can decide on the dates of the drive since we need them all the time. We like to send a minimum of 20 puzzle books for each request since each request represents a unit. Thus we need a huge supply of them. If each person brings even just one puzzle book & a used DVD, that can bring a smile to so many troops. During World War II Betty Smith, a very popular author and proponent for the troops had as her slogan, " Have you done your part." This is a way to do your part and say thank you to our troops for doing theirs. I have made this request so many times, yet, few have responded. Please respond now. There are still hundreds of thousands of troops in warzones and even more in several areas in the world maintaining regional stability. They need the distraction of books and other items listed above as much as any of our troops. Please tell them you are grateful by remembering them in this way. If you decide on a book drive, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks to all those who are already doing your part. Ellen Keegan, director
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
Notice there is a new category called WHY BOOKS? In that section are a list of quotes that I have found that support the reason why we have chosen books as a means of helping the troops. I hope they give you, as they did me a new or for some a renewed vision of what books can do to enlarge and enrich our lives. Ellen Keegan