Julie Weathers

Books For Soldiers

You may have noticed a new feature to the right.

This is what it pertains to. Regardless of your political persuasion, this is a great cause and one that needs help from all of us. (As I am heading out the door to go to work again, I will clean up the links later.)

This charity has helped hundreds and hundread of people get the book, CD, movie, clothing, anything they need, if you want the best, most personal soldier to civilian charity to close, then don’t donate, otherwise, it’s closed. Also a writeup on Books for Soldiers on A Soldier’s Perspective blog…

Please help.

Soldier Charity Faces Closure: Corporate Donations Dry Up

North Carolina – Booksforsoldiers.com has sent thousands of care
packages to our troops deployed outside the US since March 2003. But
Booksforsoldiers.com is in dire financial need now, and may close.
The site must raise $22,000 by October 31 or it will stop taking new
requests on December 1, finish filling remaining care package requests
for the holidays, and cease operations December 31.

“It’s a bad economy,” says Storm Williams, the founder and webmaster.
“Times are tough for all non profits.” Williams says they had an
aggressive fundraising campaign that started the first of 2008.
Corporations they had previously relied upon have been unable to
repeat their support this year. “By April, we received a stack of
letters that began with, ‘we deeply regret not being able to donate
this year.'”

Starting in May, they tried again, managing to shrink a $53,000
deficit to $22,000 by September’s end. They also asked for help from
deployed troops, sending them US flags to fly in Iraq and Afghanistan
to give as thank-you gifts for the more generous donors. “We are so
grateful,” said David, one of the site’s moderators trying to drum up
fundraising. “Soldiers and Marines have flown flags for us, sending
them back with certificates signed by their Commanders. It’s an
activity we used to arrange for the members. It was a lot of fun, 2-3
times a year and most importantly, for free. Now it’s just to
survive.”

“Right now, we are just looking to get donations. The regular members
have been awesomely generous, but can only do so much.” Williams
jokes, “BFS has always been in survival mode.”

“We use our website. Soldiers, Marines, airmen, sailors and Coast
Guard make requests at http://www.booksforsoldiers.com. The site is
secure; we restrict access to those who’ve been approved to send
packages.”

“With our financial difficulties, we’ve not been able to upgrade. The
member-approval process is still by hand from snail-mail applications.
We had hoped to hire a programmer to make the site more responsive.
We are pursuing a number of avenues for fundraising, looking forward
to 2009 and beyond, but there is the very real possibility we will
close in 2008.” Williams concluded, “We’re broke. Our parent
organization gave us an ultimatum to stand on our own in 2008. We
have not been able to do that yet.”

Donations are gratefully accepted, either through PayPal on the site’s
donation page ( http://booksforsoldiers.com/donate.php ), or by check
payable and mailed to

Books For Soldiers
2008 Fund Drive
116 Lowes Food Drive #123
Lewisville, NC 27023

More details can be found at
http://booksforsoldiers.com/forum/index.php or by writing
info@booksforsoldiers.com

Cass

De oppresso liber.

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