Toward the end of every year, I sort through my comics, deciding which ones I'm likely to ever re-read. The others--rather than letting them take up space and gather dust--I try to give away to friends, family, or anybody who will read them and enjoy them.
This ear, I'm going to do something different, though. Mark Sable (Graveyard of Empires) has suggested a great charity that will ship comics (and other items) to troops overseas: Operation Gratitude.
Here's what they do:
“Operation Gratitude annually sends 100,000 care packages filled with snacks, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation addressed to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed in hostile regions, to their children left behind and to Wounded Warriors recuperating in Transition Units. Our mission is to lift morale, bring a smile to a service member’s face and express to our Armed Forces the appreciation and support of the American people. Each package contains donated product valued at ~$125 and costs the organization $15 to assemble and ship. For safety and security, assembling of packages occurs at the Army National Guard armory in Van Nuys, California. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude volunteers have shipped more than 660,000 packages to American Military deployed overseas.”
If you'd like to donate comics or other times, you can learn more on their website. For more ways you can help out, click here.