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Sending Books to Troops Through Operation Paperback
“At Webster at Rye, a nursing, assisted living and rehabilitation facility in Seacoast, New Hampshire, many of the residents lived through World War II. One veteran has a patriotic wreath on his door and he proudly says, ‘I was in the Navy.’ One resident shares the poems she wrote for the troops during the war. For these folks, the memories are distinct and important.
It seemed natural, then, to choose a volunteer project where we could thank people serving in the military. We loved the idea that we could send books to troops deployed overseas through the non-profit ‘Operation Paperback.’ In the last year, Webster at Rye has shipped more than 400 books through the project.
Each box of books contains a personal note written by one of our residents. When their feelings are put on paper in their letters, our present-day troops know the thoughts are written with deep understanding. This is a project meant to not only help someone else but to touch the hearts of the givers. They have an opportunity to show their patriotism and love of country, and they gain a sense of accomplishment by engaging in a purposeful project with a common goal.”