Adopt-a=Box-A Huge Success!
Books for Troops held a fundraiser called "Adopt-A-Box from Memorial Day until the 4th of July of this year, 2019. To "Adopt-A-Box" means to pay its postage to the troops deployed either overseas or within the states or to the injured troops in the VA hospitals across the nation or in Lanstuhl VA hospital in Germany where the most injured are first taken directly from the battlefield. The postage to send 1 box filled with a variety of books, comics, puzzle books, DVDs or CD's is $15.00. In order to "adopt a box", you donate $15.00 for every box you want to "adopt." Our goal for this fundraiser was to have 150 boxes adopted from Memorial Day to the 4th of July. On the 4th of July we were thrilled to announce that not only 150 boxes were adopted, but more than twice that number, at 330 boxes. We would like to sincerely thank all those who participated in this fundraiser. Not only did it raise a very large amount of money for our postage, but it validated the fact that so many people believe in our mission of sending books to them as a form of escape, entertainment and release. We are incredibly grateful for the potential these donations provide. The over 330 boxes will serve not only 330 different individuals, but hundreds, perhaps thousands of others since the troops share everything they are sent. Many tell us of the make-shift libraries that they have created from these books, so that everyone at their base can enjoy the escape and entertainment that the books provide. Some books even travel from country to country in someone's duffle bag or pocket.
If anyone who did not particpate in our "Adopt-a-Box" program, you can still adopt one by simply sending a donation of $15.00 for every box you would like to donate. Please make out your check to:Books for troops and send it to: Books for Troops, 152 Oak Brook Commons, Clifton Park, NY 12065. All donors will receive a tax receipt, a list of excerpts from the troops thank you notes and, of course, a sincere thank you from us.
Once again thank you for making such a difference in the lives of our troops. The ancient Greeks referred to books as "Medicine for the Mind." That is the gift your donation has given the troops-"Medicine for their minds." Ellen Keegan and BFT volunteers
PS We were so grateful to all who gave to our fundraiser that we decided to use a raffle of patriotic and summer items donated by one our volunteers, for everyone who particpated. All the names of those who adopted a box were put together and one name was drawn. The winner of the raffle is Donna Riley of Clifton Park. Congratulation, Donna and congratulations to all of you who supported our troops in such a generous way.. Ellen Keegan