Books for Troops has received many e-mail and letters from the troops saying that boredom is their biggest enemy. While we are sending DVDs, Books on Tape, puzzle books & comics along with the books, we could always need more because they go so quickly. Here are the items most requested:
DVDs (may be used, but must have cover
Puzzle books, large and small print) cheapest at $1,00 stores)
Books on Tape (may be used)
adult coloring books
NEW playing cards and books on card games
small notebooks that will fit in a pocket
dice. dominoes, Yahtzee, Skip-bo, Uno,
Unused stationary, envelopes or greeting cards
yellow legal pads (large and small)
deodorant (men's women's)
checkers, chess, backgammon
small drawing pads
rubber flip/flops for showers
white socks for men & women
hand and foot warmers
NEW unopened jigsaw puzzles
Board games: Monopoly (any version), Apples to Apples, Clue, Sorry (Please, only new, unopened)
Back issues of such magazines as Time, National Geographic, People, Newsweek or any other magazine on world news, magazines on sports, cars, motorcycles, fitness for men and women, health for men and women, travel magazines, and women's magazines. Magazines can be used but should be less than a year old, especially those on News article for 2019
Please place these items in a closed plastic bag. Items can be left in our drop boxes for books at Halfmoon Town Hall (weekdays from 9-4, or our other drop sites at Bella Napoli in Latham on the left side of the entrance, or our office, 688 rte 9, 200 ft, north of Bella Napoli bakery between a pizza place and Dunyea market.
HEM BOCES and their teacher, Don Lucas asked a team of 4 of his students. Mike Peska as foreman and Mike Crounse, Xavier Ortega and Cameron Tarbox to build 4 very sturdy, attractive and very much needed bookcases to house our thousands of books that will eventually be sent to our troops.(The fourth bookcase is in another area housing sci/fi books). Having a place for sorting the books by category provided by these bookcases makes filling the troops specific requests so much more efficient in time and effort saved. Previous to this, books were held in large rubbermaid bins, plowing through the bins everytime we needed specific books. Now the books are all on display by category and ABC order. Already filled with classics and non-fiction, the above bookcases have made a huge difference in completing our smorgasboard of bookcases that categorize our books. Thanks to Don and his team for taking their time and their expertise to help us support the troops!
BOOKS FOR TROOPS NEEDS HUNDREDS OF PUZZLE BOOKS
Both the VA hospitals and the troops continually request all kinds of puzzle books: Word Finds, Sudoku, Crosswords. The hospitals prefer puzzle books with LARGE PRINT whereas the troops will take eitherl The puzzle books provide mental acuity activitees for the troops in the hospital, as well as pass the long hours of boredom during a llengthy hospital stay often far from home. The troops enjoy the puzzle books for mental stimulation, to fill many empty hours, and to help to stay alert during night watches. The books can be any size and can be purchased least expensively at dollar stores throughout the area. They can be donated at the colleection boxes at our office at 688, rt. 9 in Latham or at the Halfmoon Town Hall during business hours. There is also a drop box at Print Production on Fire Rd in Clifton Park, just before the Northway exit 9 North ramp. You can also donate them during our business hours on Mondays from 1-4pm at 688 rte. 9, 200 ft. North of Bella Napoli in Latham at a mini-mall on the left side of rte. 9 between Vintage Pizza and Dunyea Market. If you are to leave the puzzle books in our drop boxes, please place them in a bag so that they will be separated from the paperback books We would love to have schools or large companies consider a Puzzle Book Drive for Books for Troops so that we can have a well needed, large in a quantity donated.. All it takes to have a Puzzle Book Drive is a large group of donors,(as in a large company or a school), a drop box or area to leave the donated books and a brief letter or memo saying that you are doing this drive and giving the specifics: dates of drive, where books can be dropped, purpose of the drive. This can easily done by a memo to employees or by sending fliers home with school children. If you are willing to do such a drive, you can contact me at [email protected] with any questions or guidance. We literally go through thousands of puzzle books a year, especially for the VA hospitals, so the books continually need to be replenished. Since they are included in our boxes of books, their postage is already covered. This is an easy and inexpensive an easy way to tell our troops that we are grateful for their service and to remind them that we care. Thank you, as always for your support. Ellen Keegan
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