Saturday, September 17, 2011

Operation Paperback by Margot Justes

I’ve mentioned Operation Paperback before.

To use their words, “Operation Paperback is a non-profit organization that collects gently used books nationwide and sends them to American troops deployed overseas.” Since 1999, the organization shipped over 1.3 million books to our soldiers.

We collect books at work and to date have shipped 1,026 books. We accept donations from our employees and a few libraries have given us their ‘withdrawals’.

I love books and for me there is no greater pleasure, than to see someone else enjoy the escape from reality that a book provides. I assume that is especially true for our soldiers. If anyone needs an escape from a brutal reality, it most certainly would be a soldier in the middle of a war, or a soldier confined to a hospital bed.

There are many VA Medical Centers that need books, and it’s not difficult or expensive to send a box. The US Postal Service provides free shipping supplies, and if you ship via Media Mail and use a plain box it is much cheaper.

If you send the books outside the US, there is a special flat rate for the boxes earmarked for the military. Joining the organization is easy, just go to:

I was asked not to provide the name of the facilities however if you e-mail me at, I will be able to give you the name of one medical center, or if you prefer to send the books to me, I will give you my shipping address. I’ll make sure the center receives them.

For just a little bit of an effort, you can make a difference in a soldier’s life, make it a bit more palatable for them and let them know we care.

Till next time,
Margot Justes
A Hotel in Paris


Debra St. John said...

Thanks for sharing this info, Margot. I have a bunch of used, but in very good condition, paperbacks I was going to earmark for a garage sale. This will be a much better place to send them.


Margot Justes said...

Hi Deb,
Thank you-I was told there is a great shortage of books in many VA facilities. Now would be a great time to ship, the holidays are just aorund the corner.
Margot Justes

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Morgan Mandel said...

Sounds like a worthy cause.

Morgan Mandel

Anonymous said...

I have many used but in very good condition, paperback books. I was going to throw it away, but I'll give to you now.flash template
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Margot Justes said...

Please don't throw the books away-send me an e-mail, and I'll give you an adress where you can mail the books.

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