The Villages Voice - June 2015

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Club Connections

by Carol Lynn Nelson

Club Connections We all enjoy getting lost in time reading a good book – adventure, history, romance.  It passes the time.  It transports us to another era, another place, another experience.  We learn, we gain insight, we get ideas, we remember. Now think about our troops and their families around the world.  They don’t live in Paradise like we do.  Our service members and their families make sacrifices every day for our country. A good book gives our troops and their families the opportunity to escape for just a little while. To the rescue – Operation Paperback (www.operationpaperback.org). Operation Paperback is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization incorporated in the State of Pennsylvania.  It has an all-volunteer staff and board of directors.  Donations to the organization are tax deductible. Operation Paperback provides lists of American troops overseas, military and veteran’s hospitals, USO centers, and  individual members of the military and their families, both past and present who have requested reading material. When researching this information, I received the following note from Chrissy Honeywell, at the organization:  “When folks want to know how they can help, let them know that our program provides support for people to send books themselves, directly to troops, veterans and military families. Many times people misunderstand, and think they should send their books directly to me, which is not true! Also, please let people know how inexpensive it is to send books via Media Mail Rate at the Post Office. There is no need to use expensive Priority Mail boxes to send books.” What should you send?  PAPER BACK - Best sellers, action and spy-novels, murder mysteries, fantasy and science fiction --- those are the most popular genres.  (No romance novels, though).  However, there are many requests for business and investing books, classics, history (especially military history), and current event-oriented non-fiction. Children’s books for families are very much needed.   Magazines are acceptable also. Make sure you tell them at the post office that it is Media Mail.  On average, a box of 20 paperback books will cost only about $7 to ship.  Just don't put non-media items into your box (only books, music, software, DVDs are all allowed). So, folks, now you know how and where you can do the most good with all those paperback books you have already read and just didn’t know what to do with them. Carol Lynn Nelson Club-Connections