Every fall, we collect new books for The Gift of Reading, a local non-profit group that distributes book to those in need every Christmas. Our customers have proven a generous bunch, donating hundreds of good books for readers of all ages, especially children. Some people have even donated all or part of their in-store credit to Gift of Reading.
During the summer of 2010, in conjunction with PWPL, we collected and shipped five big boxes of supplies to New Orleans. The donations were used to help clean up animals affected by the oil spill.
Since 2009, in honor of that year's Community Read, The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien, Snowbound has collected books for soldiers serving overseas. We've sent boxes filled with good books to UP soldiers and their battalions in Iraq and Afghanistan. In each box is a hand-written letter explaining the inspiration behind the book drive, as well as a copy of Things They Carried. Below are two of the responses we've received from the soldiers.
Thank you so, so much for the books that you sent over here. The guys and I are very excited to "dig in." Not only did you take the time and money to send the books, you also sent over really good books, which we all appreciate more than you know. The weather here is finally cooling off and the rainy season is upon us, so our downtime is mostly spent inside reading. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!! See you in three months. ~ SSG Liz Mathie & 1st Bridge 401st EN Company (Iraq)
My soldiers and I would like to extend a huge thank you for the shipment of books we received from you. Contrary to popular belief, Calvary Scouts and people in the Army can actually read. In fact, we are voracious readers, especially when we are deployed. The books have been distributed between our two locations in eastern Diyala province. We are currently located at FOB Caldwell on the Kirkush Military Training Base and COP Cobra located near the city of As Sadiyah. Due to your contribution, we have continued to expand our libraries at both locations.
I have recommended to my soldiers that they read The Things They Carried. I have read the book before and believe that it is important for my soldiers to read as well. Many of them carry momentos to remind themselves of home. Maybe one of the soldiers who reads this book will write similar prose based off his time in Iraq. Your support for our reading habits is wonderful and we thank you for it. On behalf of all my soldiers, thank you. Horseman! ~ Captain Second Class Brian Wong, 14th US Cavalry Regiment (Iraq)