A member of the Catholic Daughters of America in Saratoga Springs, New York wanted to commemorate Veteran's Day this year in a very special way by making a handcrafted Americana quilt to be donated to Books For Troops, Inc. as a fundraiser for postage to send books to the troops.
The materials, her time, the pattern and expertise, were all donated to create this beautiful reminder of all those who have helped and continue to help to maintain our freedom. The quilt's value is given at $500, but its value in supporting our troops and those who preceded them is priceless.
This colorful quilt, totally hand-stitched is suitable for a twin-sized bed, or as an over-sized throw, or to use as a wall hanging -- see picture below.
Cost of the raffle tickets for this quilt will be $3.00 for 1 ticket or $12.50 for 5 tickets ($12.50 being the cost of postage for one box of books). To purchase tickets, send a check, payable to Books For Troops, Inc., for the number of tickets you'd like. Please put "quilt raffle" on the memo line and be sure check has your name, address, phone number and email address (if you have one) on it. Check should be sent to Books For Troops, Inc., 152 Oak Brook Commons, Clifton Park, NY 12065.
The announcement of the raffle winner will be made on November 11, Veteran's Day on this website and on Facebook and in the local newspapers when they have space.
Again all proceeds will continue to go to postage. Thank you as always for your continued support.
There are troops all around the world still deployed. While many in Afghanistan and Iraq are still facing combat or educating others to face combat, others are maintaining regional stability, protecting our trade zones, providing humanitarian care and education, and protecting our waters. All are far from home and the familiar and need the reminders of home and the escape and relaxation that our books provide.
Letter after letter from our troops from as far away as Germany, Africa or anywhere in the ocean constantly tell us of this. Please remember that the troops are not all home. They need us to remember them while home for them is so far away. Thank you for your support once again.!
UPDATE: ED CONNELLY HAS ANNOUNCED THAT THE TOTAL OF HIS WINNINGS FROM HIS SCRATCH0OFF-OFFS WAS $412.00. That's great for a $12.50 investment. Again thank you to all who supported our most successful fundraiser to date. We have already had 3 mailings since the raffle ended. We also continue to receive letters of appreciation which have been updated in our Letters from Soldiers section. As is very evident from these letters, each box of books is a reminder to our troops that we remember them with pride and gratitude for all their sacrifices to protect our freedom. As one soldier said, "The books make us feel as if home is not so far away." This is what your support gives the troops.
Thank you for your generosity and willingness to help us keep the books moving in the right direction. While we now have a decent budget, the money for postage is used quickly, so please keep your monetary support coming. If everyone who donates books could also donate money for postage, we would be in great shape all the time!
A reminder to never leave a check or cash donation with the books you donate as they could get lost, overlooked or stolen. Please mail monetary donation to Books For Troops, Inc., 152 Oak Brook Commons, Clifton Park, NY 12065.
Thank you again for such a wonderful response to our fundraiser. Books For Troops, Inc. could not exist without you. Please continue to keep us alive and help show the troops your gratitude!
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.
Alex has done it again. A airmen whom we had sent comics to while he was in Afghanistan, Rob Smith has returned home and is now paying it forward by sending comics to the Wounded Warriors. His source of the comics is Alex. According to Rob, Alex has chosen the best of the best in Comics and in graphic novels to send to Rob who in turn happily sends to the Wounded Warriors knowing what a difference they made for him while he was deployed. Kudos to both Alex and Rob for creating more smiles and in Rob's own words while deployed, reminding the troops that home is not so far away.
Alex has done the hard part getting the comics for the troops and raising the funds to mail them to the troops. However, we still need the money to ship them to our deployed troops and those recuperating in VA hospitals and our Wounded Warriors. 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. And if that is not enough, Alex covers our Twitter page because I am computer illiterate when it comes to Twitter. 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