i saw very touching story in the Times Union this morning .  A very concerned and dedicated (retired) Capital Region teacher is putting out a call for children's books to be sent to our troops in Afghanistan.  I wanted to see if I could spread the word here.

Ellin Keegan is a retired fourth-grade teacher  who is taking the project on. It's called Books for Troops. 
We won't forget about our troops," said Ellen Keegan, of Clifton Park, founder of a small organization that collects gently used paperbacks and ships them to soldiers in war zones.

Read more: http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Books-for-Troops-shifts-focus-away-from-Iraq-2529592.php#ixzz2JIDQ8UKU

U.S. Defense Secretary Panetta Visits Afghanistan
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                  Can you imagine all of these soldiers missing their loved ones?
Supposedly there was one serviceman who contacted her saying that he wanted a couple of bedtime stories to read to his child over Skype from Afghanistan. If that doesn't touch you nothing will!
It definitely touched Ellen, and it might be something that you can contribute to. They are looking for all kinds of children's books as long as they're in good condition. You also have to supply money to cover postage.   What a  small price to pay to help some soldiers overseas who are  missing their children.
You can learn more about the project here at booksfortroopscp.webs.com.

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