OPERATION BAEN BULK
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THE CHALLENGE: HONOR THOSE WHO’VE SERVED!
The OBB Challenge Coin honors our troops and those who have made Operation Baen Bulk possible. This year, we’re offering* a Limited Edition version engraved with the year 2015. Each coin costs $27.50 with >60% of price going directly to the OBB 2015 campaign.
Buy the coin: Or donate:
[*Coin delivery anticipated in early June. For more Baen Barfly-themed coins by Brain&Brain Press - benefiting OBB - go to http://teddroberts.com/ecommerce.html]
WHAT is Operation Baen Bulk ??
OBB is a different kind of support for the troops. Instead of focusing on individuals, we support entire UNITS, by finding what they need, or want, and can't easily or quickly get while deployed. . .and get it to them. In LARGE quantities. Think of it as the Warehouse Club approach to Soldier Support: we use the power of buying and shipping in bulk, to maximize the stuff delivered to our troops, out at the pointy end of the spear, and minimize things like waste, shipping costs, etc. And in the process, generally deliver a lot more to the individual soldier than normal "CARE Packages" do.
WHO is Operation Baen Bulk ?
Operation BAEN BULK started in the fall of 2009, when one of our founders: our ”loggie” and chief instigator, needed a project to keep him sane while looking for a job with the economy going south. BAEN BULK consists of a bunch of Science Fiction fans, all of whom read the military SF that Baen Books published. We first pooled our money and resources to insure that a Verification Transition Team in Afghanistan, with no PX, could have some Christmas Trees and good coffee. Since then, we've provided for the oddball requests and creature comfort needs of several deployed units - from training detachments, to combat medics, to Ammo Dawgs…
Since 2009, Operation Baen Bulk has sent: Books, coffee, sweet and salty snacks, Zombieland movie merchandise, Christmas decorations, stainless-steel travel mugs, flashlights, batteries, “Smart Wool” socks, hydration supplies… and Kindle eBook Readers.
HOW do we do it ??
First, we get in touch with individuals - often these are fellow Baen Barflies, or friends / classmates / teammates of the same. Then we find out the specific UNIT needs and wants; that way we support the whole team, not just the individual. We aise the funds, find the best buys, order stuff, and send it to the troops. With low “thresholds” and little overhead, we ship no matter how much we raise!
So, you want to help. . .what do YOU do ???
Buy a Challenge Coin or make a donation, using a major credit or debit card at PayPal. We just need YOU to help us bust through 2013’s $5,000 campaign! We'll keep selling Challenge Coins and collecting donations until Summer 2015. Once we know the scale of the campaign donations, we’ll start buying and loading Kindles. We also know of some deployments scheduled for later in 2015, so we’ll keep looking for ways to materially contribute to the deployed troops!
Operation Baen Bulk 2015 “The Challenge”
In 2013, You Donated: $5,054.02!
What will 2015 bring?
OBB and Brain&Brain Press (TeddRoberts.com) are directing the newest (Summer 2015) incarnation of Operation Baen Bulk to send Kindle electronic book readers to rehab and recovery centers for injured soldiers. In 2013 we sent nearly 80 Kindles to Military Treatment Facilities (MTFs) at Ft. Bragg, Ft. Gordon, Camp LeJeune, and Fisher House. This year we are planning to send as many Kindles as we can to Fisher House and rehabilition facilities across the country.
We pre-load the Kindles with over 500 free titles from Baen Books, Naked Reader Press, Wordfire Press, Castalia House and individual contributions. We will ship as many Kindles as we can to serve soldiers recovering from combat-related injuries.
Our special thanks to our contributing authors and Baen Books for letting us include their stories.
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