Soldiers from Canton who are overseas can’t be sure when they are coming home, but they can be sure they will have reading materials while they are serving their country.


 

Soldiers from Canton who are overseas can’t be sure when they are coming home, but they can be sure they will have reading materials while they are serving their country.

The Book For Troops program — recently launched by the Got Books company of Lawrence — is in full swing right now. Officials at the company say they need families of soldiers from Canton to come forth, so packages of books can be sent to their loved ones.

“Our goal for 2008 is to ship 25,000 books to soldiers overseas,” said Books For Troops spokesperson Michelle Bushee, adding interested families can call her directly or log onto the Got Books Web site.

Bushee said the Got Books company specializes in collecting unwanted books and redistributing them to the public, in this case, to troops serving the country. She said the company has more than 300 book drop-off locations around New England. The company also sponsors the Books For Teachers program, which redistributes books to schools.

“Our goal is to keep books out of the trash,” Bushee said.

She said the idea for the Books For Troops program came about last year and was launched in January, 2008. She added the company has a lot of connections to the military, noting the president of the Got Books company, Bob Ticehurst, is a former Marine.

“We figured there was a definite need for something like this,” Bushee said.

She said the company is looking for “pretty much anything” in terms of books, except for encyclopedias and magazines.

“And we like paperbacks because they’re lighter and easier to ship,” Bushee said. “Basically, we’re looking for books with the most mass appeal — things like bestsellers.”

Bushee said so far, response to the program has been great, as shipments of books have already gone overseas.

“It’s been very positive,” she said. “There are a lot of people out there who have loved ones in the military. We’ve also gotten some responses from troops who have received books and they are very grateful.

Bushee said the program will continue for as long as it’s needed. She said people can help by finding unwanted books and giving them addresses of loved ones overseas.

“Everybody has books they don’t need,” Bushee said. “Why not clean off those shelves and help a great cause?”

For more information on drop-off locations or the Books For Troops program, log onto www.gotbooks.com or call Bushee at (978) 664-6555 x318.

Canton Journal