If you are anything like me, you probably have mounds of books around your house (okay, I have mounds of books, boxes filled with books, and bookshelves overflowing with books). One of my local book groups tries to have a book swap every 6-8 weeks so we can bring new-to-us books into our homes. There were numerous books left over after our last swap and I chose to bring the remaining books home with me. Some of these books have been donated to a local dialysis center, others went to a local homeless shelter, but the vast majority were sent to military personnel via Operation Paperback.
What is Operation Paperback? Operation Paperback is a non-profit organization that collects "gently-used" books and ships them to US military personnel, as well as to veterans and military families. This organization and its' volunteers have shipped over 1.9 million books worldwide since it was established in 1999. I recently signed up as a volunteer shipper and received my first addresses (Yay!). I shipped a total of 16 books to 3 different addresses. Each recipient provides their genre preferences so volunteers can easily select the right books for the right recipient. As a volunteer shipper I packaged the books, counted the number of books packed into each box, shipped the boxes, and then reported my shipments at the Operation Paperback website. The only out-of-pocket expense I had was paying for the shipments (a small price to pay in the grand scheme of things, in my not so humble opinion).
To learn more about Operation Paperback, please visit the website: www.OperationPaperback.org. If you want to sign up as a volunteer and ship your gently used books, sign up here. Don't have any books you want to part with but still want to help? Operation Paperback also accepts monetary donations, more information is available here.
Do you recycle/donate your books after reading? If so please share where you donate your books.