Operation Paperback began in 1999, sending its first shipments of books to U.S. soldiers in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. They have since shipped 2.2 million books to over 30 locations overseas.In addition to overseas locations, Operation Paperback provides books to wounded warrior programs and veterans’ hospitals located within the United States, as well as USO centers at US Airport transit points. In 2012, they also added a new program that offers a free shipment of books to any military family. Over the years, Operation Paperback has earned commendations from the President of the United States, the governor of Maryland, the mayor of Baltimore, and the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce. They have also been featured on television and in print media. While all the praise and attention is valued and appreciated, the words that mean the most are those that come directly from the soldiers and families they serve. The organization has several ongoing special projects, but the project ANWA wishes to support is supplying children's books to deployed soldiers who read to their children via webcam or on DVDs. As an ANWA Writers Conference community, please join us in supporting our military families by donating gently used or new children’s books. Books or monetary donations may be dropped off at the 2018 ANWA Writers Conference Bookstore. For those unable to make the conference, donations may be mailed to: ANWA Past-President, Rebecca Irvine, 1840 N. Oracle, Mesa, AZ 85203. Operation Paperback is a non-profit, tax exempt 501 (c)(3) organization.