Recently, friend and fellow author, Pete Barber, told me about a wonderful effort that was started last year by author Armand Rosamilia called Authors Supporting Our Troops. It took me no longer than a quick read of their webpage to start signing and packing up books to send to them myself. I love the idea so much, I wanted to share it with everyone because even if you aren't an author, there are ways you, too, can help.
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Authors Supporting Our Troops collects signed copies of books directly from the authors to send overseas to members of the United States military that are currently stationed in remote areas. This is for the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines who don’t have easy access to read. Sure, there are other things they need as well, but there are several organizations that ship toothbrushes, socks, and silly string (hopefully someone is shipping silly string!). But, books can take you to different places, different worlds, for a short time, and as writers and readers, we know that experience can make the difference.
Authors-If you would like to help, please visit Authors Supporting Troops website and email the coordinators for information on where to send your books. You decide how many to send, but please remember to sign them all.
Friends of the Military-ASOT needs names and shipping addresses of those overseas that are willing and able to receive a box of 50-ish books and will distribute them. Please visit their website for more information.
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Everyone-Authors are sending the books, but there are still shipping costs involved to get the books to our troops. Donations for shipping costs are accepted and appreciated. Additionally, there are t-shirts for sale on their website, and the proceeds go toward shipping costs.
AND SPREAD THE WORD!
Share their webpage, like their Facebook page to follow their progress, tweet, tumble, stumble, and whatever else you can do to get the word out.
Facebook page to follow their progress https://www.facebook.com/groups/ASOT2014/
Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/1534524343483468/
Follow Armand Rosamilia on Twitter
Thank you, Pete Barber, for introducing me to this effort!