Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Local Portland business owner donates comic books to deployed Oregon soldiers

Above: Bridge City Comics owner, Michael Ring, loads donated comic books into pre-paid postage boxes for shipment overseas to Oregon soldiers stationed in Iraq.

What does Superman have in common with Oregon soldiers?

Besides the ability to leap over buildings in a single bound, if Michael Ring has anything to do with it, they will soon have a lot in common.

Inspired by a long-time customer who would buy an "extra" comic book for his buddy who is in the 2-162 Infantry Battalion, Ring thought he'd take things a step further.

As the owner of Bridge City Comics, Ring decided to ask his customers to donate comic books so he could send them overseas to deployed Oregon soldiers. The response was so overwhelming, Oregon's citizen-soldiers will soon see thousands of comic books arrive on their doorstep in Iraq.

"The 'Comics for the Troops' drive was very popular with my customers," Ring said. "We've got several thousand comics that I want to send to members of the Oregon National Guard stationed in Iraq."

Ring said he didn't want any publicity for his donation, so when a local television station showed up to do a story on his philanthropic undertaking, he was a bit taken aback. However, Ring figured the story might inspire others to donate, and possibly help defer the cost to ship the comics overseas.

"On second thought, it would be great if it would help me garner donations to aid in paying for postage to get the boxes out in a timely manner," Ring said.

If you would like to donate comic books to Michael Ring, who will forward them overseas, contact him at his shop. He is located at 3725 N. Mississippi Ave., in Portland, Ore. You can also visit him on the Internet at: http://www.bridgecitycomics.com/.

If you would like to see the KGW News Channel 8 report on Ring's "Comics for Troops", go here.

Posted by Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy,
Oregon National Guard Social Media Manager

1 comment:

SA Kravitz said...

This program had started long before your troops started the train up. They didn't have the mailing set up til your boys had boots on the ground.