Donations of books no longer needed temporarily due to overabundance.
Donations of postage still needed.
Strong volunteers needed during the day to help carry heavy boxes of books.
People willing to do fundraisers for postage needed.
We are asking you to stop donating books at any of the above sites until further notice. We are overwhelmed with the number of books you have so generously donated and are in the process of sending them out as quickly as we can depending on donations and the weather. All our books need to be sorted in two unheated garages which makes it a very uncomfortable and unhealthy task. Both garages are full of books. Please honor our wishes. You will be notified in the Spring when we resume our collections. We are still sending our books regularly so once again post donations are needed to use our thousands of books in storage. Thank you for your support. Ellen Keegan
While Books for Troops has stopped the influx of books for awhile we are still sending books to the troops on a regular basis. Last month we sent 56 boxes of books and this month will be sending over 2000 books to South Africa of humanitarian relief and this is only the beginning of the month. We really need some larger organizations to have a fundraiser to raise money for our postage. If anyone is willing to do that, we would be very grateful. We are a very small group of volunteers whose priority has to be getting the books out to the troops. Fundraising takes up time, resources and energy which we would rather use for getting books to our very appreciative troops.Please help. Ellen Keegan
The winner of the patriotic quilt raffle is Judy Lushkin. Her name was drawn today, Veteran's Day in honor of our veteran's of past wars and our veterans to be - the troops of today. The quilt had been made and donated by a member of Catholic Daughters of America to Books for Troops to honor our veterans and our troops. There was a small, but moving ceremony at the Books for Troops' Oak Brook office where 4 veterans, representing the Army, the Navy, and the Marines were present. Colonel Flynn served in both the Marines during the Viet Nam War and the Army during the Korean war. Other veterans attending were Fred Miller,Cold War, Bill Scweitzer and Richard Sheftic, the Korean War. Supervisor Phil Barrett and his son officiated and Phil led the group in the America the Beautiful. The quilt raised enough money to send over 100 boxes of books to our troops deployed and in the VA hospitals. Pictures of the event will follow shortly.
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 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