During 2012, we distributed 282 Kindles to U.S. military units deployed overseas, mostly in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our goal for 2013 is to increase the number of Kindles distributed during the year to 300.
Last year slightly more than half of the Kindles that we shipped were used Kindles donated by supporters of E-Books for Troops through our Kindles for Troops (K4T) program. The rest were new Kindles that we bought from Amazon using funds donated to E-Books for Troops. We also use donated money to purchase USB cables and power plugs as needed, as well as a $10 gift card for each Kindle. Our fantastic partner M-Edge Accessories donates a brand new protective case and e-Luminator Touch BookLight for each Kindle that we ship, new or used.
Your donations of used Kindles help us increase the number of Kindles that we can distribute, given the constraints of our budget. Reading offers our Service Members a great form of recreation and renewal during downtime. In the past, Soldiers were limited to carrying one or two paperbacks, and often they would get passed around the Unit to be read and re-read. Now, with the Kindle’s ability to carry thousands of books, a Soldier can have all his or her favorite authors and titles in one convenient device.
In the K4T donation form, you will see a field labeled “Personalize Your Kindle.” Any text that you enter there will be included in the “E-Books for Troops Greeting” PDF that I will load onto your Kindle. I love reading the messages that donors leave for the Soldiers who will receive their Kindles. It makes this project personal and inspiring.
So if Santa or a loved one gave you a new Kindle last month, I hope you will consider donating your old one to us for shipment to a military unit. I have noticed a big increase in K4T donations during the holiday season, and I hope it continues well into the new year.
We appreciate your support, and I know we are all grateful for the bravery and service of the men and women who receive these Kindles through E-Books for Troops. We wish them godspeed and a safe return home.
Len Edgerly, co-founder