Last year’s book drive for the Troops was such a success, that we’ve decided to do it again!
In 2009, we had several customers come in to buy paperback books for friends and family deployed overseas with the US military. We learned that paperbacks, particularly used ones, are a great form of entertainment, relaxation, and even escape for many of our soldiers — they are portable, don’t need to be plugged in, can be shared, and can even be left behind if need be.
This gave us an idea, and in November of 2009, with the help of our wonderful customers, we shipped over 300 books to a Knoxville soldier serving in Iraq! He in turn set up a unit library that was then made available for all of the soldiers there.
This year, we want to do it again, and we’re asking for your help: Buy any used or new paperback here at The Next Chapter, and we will pack them up and to ship them overseas to the Troops. Most used paperbacks here cost $2 – $3, most new paperbacks are between $6 and $15.
We will be accepting donations through the end of November, which will give us time to package them and get them sent in time to arrive for the Holidays. We will be sending our packages to a large group of Iowa National Guard soldiers stationed in Iraq, who are requesting books that will then be distributed to the many units working out in rural areas. As of this writing, we have not identified a local contact, but they’re all our soldiers anyhow, right?
So let’s let our fine men and women in uniform know how much we support them with a nice big shipment of books from the good people of Marion County — with a little help from the Next Chapter.