Books for Troops
BH-BL Rotary has provided a “Books For Troops” collection box at Gil’s Garage 817 Saratoga Rd Burnt Hills.
Paperback books and magazines are accepted. Hardcover books are not accepted. Donated books remain in the Latham office until they have the money to send them.The cost of postage to send this number of books is about $1,000 per month. While many people donate money for postage, the money goes very quickly. Each box of books costs an average of $15 to mail. Donations are needed and welcome. Checks can be mailed to Books for Troops, 152 Oak Brook Commons, Clifton Park, NY 12065. A tax receipt will be sent.Books For Troops was founded by Ellen Keegan, in April of 2010 “to send books and other reading material to the troops to help fill their many empty hours with a temporary form of escape”.
Books for Troops now sends from 80 to 100 boxes per month to individual soldiers or whole units who in turn share them with others. These books are sent to all deployed troops within the states and around the world.Books as also sent to many VA hospitals or veterans rehab centers within the states and in Landstuhl, Germany.As Ellen Keegan stated, “Your donation will be a wonderful way to thank more of our “essential workers” – the troops – and to remind them that we remember them with pride, gratitude, and concern”.Books For Troops is based in Latham NY and is supported by donations from across the nation from individuals and companies. It has a volunteer base of 10 people.(excerpted and edited from the two recent articles about Books for Troops in the current Times Union’s mini-paper “Local First” weekly guide)