Friday, December 05, 2008
Come by my house on Sunday from 2-4 if you're interested in getting
involved with Operation Paperback (the charity I volunteer with that
sends books to troops stationed overseas).
I'd appreciate donations of books that I will send to US troops stationed abroad. I don't like asking for money, but postage gets expensive. Each envelope (which holds 3-4 books and sometimes magazines) costs about $5 to mail APO. A few dollars to help defray what I pay in postage would be welcome.
Kids can write letters or draw pictures that I'll include in the
packages I'll be sending early next week. Adults are welcome to
socialize, have snacks, and see what Alan and I have done with Jody's
old house (if you're feeling generous, you can even help me fill out
customs forms :) ).
I have computer paper, construction paper, lots of stickers, crayons,
and markers for the kids to use. Since I often get thank you notes
when I include stationery and a self-addressed envelope, parents can
address envelopes to their kids and probably receive a note of thanks.
I'll have snacks and hot chocolate. (Feel free to bring your own beer). Let me know if you plan to drop by so I can plan to have enough food.
Any type of book (within reason) would be appreciated. Reason excludes anything religious (getting religious books to troops in Muslim countries is dicey and should generally be done through military chaplains. I'm not currently in contact with any), pornographic, written for kids, or romance novels.
Good books are action/adventure, mystery, sci-fi, history, horror, classics. Once individuals have read their books, they donate them to the rest of the team. Libraries have sprung up in remote posts. I'll show you pictures - it's inspiring.
Every book will find its way to a reader. If you're curious and want to read more about Operation Paperback, their URL is operationpaperback.org.
If you're in the DC area and want to drop by Sunday, email me for directions.
Even if you don't feel like a party with socializing and the like, I would welcome book donations. You can leave them on my doorstep.
I'll return to regular blogging momentarily.