is to foster a universal passion for reading by providing free books to troops around the world.
The ability to read and write and/or knowledge that relates to a specified subject
In May 2011, while delivering magazines to the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa, I was approached by a young man in a wheelchair, he thanked me.
This young man that couldn’t have been more than 20 years old and had lost his leg in the war was thanking me. He said “Being here, remembering has been so hard...the magazines help me get through it. Help me keep my mind off everything.” We chatted for a little while and he said he wished he had an outlet like reading while he was deployed. He wasn’t living on base then. He lived in a tent on the outskirts of a small village in Iraq.
I thanked him for his service and as I stepped into the elevator I burst into tears.
When I got home I realized that this was a project that means something to people. It’s little but it makes a huge difference and that was the beginning of Books for Troops.
Since that day we have shipped over 50,000 books to troops around the world and provided 2000 to local veterans. It has been a pleasure and an honor to serve those that do so much for us every day.
"I grew up in a house where books were scarce. We had a few. Two I still have now and treasure, and when I open them, they take me back in time. The library opened up a new world to me. Sitting on the shelves, spines facing outwards, were portals to worlds I had never imagined. I would lose myself among the high shelves, choosing treasures to take home and then again set off to explore the pages. The library was a gateway for my imagination. Now I could build a house with the books I have all around me. It seems I have built myself a library at home. And the books still whisper and call to me."
– Jackie Morris, The Snow Leopard