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Books for Troops, 2014

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BENEFITING: BOOKS FOR TROOPS TAMPA BAY INC

EVENT: Thanksgiving Challenge

HOURS PLEDGED: 500

Mileage Tracker: 1,200

Patricia Murphy

THE STORY:

This year we collected over 15,000 books at our annual book drive and we need $8000 dollars to pay for postage to ship them to our troops around the world before the Christmas Holidays. BoyScouts, Girls Scouts and hundreds of volunteers are packing the boxes, adding the Christmas cards and addressing boxes. Now all we need is funding for postage. Please help us today to make the holidays a little brighter for our heroes in uniform.

MY HISTORY:  In May 2011, while delivering magazines to the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa, I was approached by a young man in a wheelchair, he thanked me.

This young man that couldn’t have been more than 20 years old and had lost his leg in the war was thanking me. He said “Being here, remembering has been so hard...the magazines help me get through it. Help me keep my mind off everything.” We chatted for a little while and he said he wished he had an outlet like reading while he was deployed. He wasn’t living on base then. He lived in a tent on the outskirts of a small village in Iraq.

I thanked him for his service and as I stepped into the elevator I burst into tears.

When I got home I realized that this was a project that means something to people. It’s little but it makes a huge difference and that was the beginning of Books for Troops.

Since that day we have shipped over 30,000 books to troops around the world and provided 3200 to local veterans. It has been a pleasure and an honor to serve those that do so much for us every day.

This year we collected over 15,000 books at our annual book drive and we need $8000 dollars to pay for postage to ship them to our troops around the world before the Christmas Holidays. BoyScouts, Girls Scouts and hundreds of volunteers are packing the boxes, adding the Christmas cards and decorating boxes. Now all we need is funding for postage. Please help us today to make the holidays a little brighter for our heroes in uniform around the world.

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