We have had several requests lately for children's books. Several of
these units want to start a "United Through Reading" program for their
troops who are separated from their families. Here's a description,
from one of these soldiers:
"I am writing to see if you can assist me in getting my United Through
Reading program up and running!! In case you are not familiar with
the program, it is one that allows soldiers to be videotaped while
reading a children's book to their little ones back home, and then we
ship the DVD and the book home to the child, so that they might see
and read along with their parent on TV. The problem that I am having,
is getting children's books that they can HAVE to send home.
Apparently since we are not an actual USO, there is not enough funding
available to provide books for the soldiers. Instead, they are able
to read a book from our "library," and send the DVD back home all
alone. Now my soldier's are experiencing the financial burden of
seeking out children's books for purchase and having to cover the
shipping costs, both out of their own pockets. I was hoping to
eliminate the book issue all together, by finding a charitable
organization such as yours, to generously donate the books to my
soldier and more importantly the children back in the states!!
We have a lot proud parents in the soldiers we serve, and of course
all of them will more than willingly participate in this awesome
program; all I am trying to do, is make it the most rewarding
experience possible for the soldier and their families!! Any help you
could provide be it by yourself/company donating any sort of new/used
children's books, or by passing my letter on to someone you know who
could help, would be greatly appreciated."
Volunteers, if you can help, we need "baby" books for infants and
toddlers, and books for children up to 10 years old. Please write to
me and let me know how many books you are able to send, and what age
group(s) they are for, and I'll send you the address(es).
THANKS SO MUCH for supporting our troops in their efforts to stay
close to their families!
PO Box 295
Dunstable, MA 01827