I know you have a few shekels in you pocket - THIS is worth a few of them.
... we’re announcing a donation opportunity for our members and supporters – and we need your help! A collection of rare books on 19th century Afghanistan, primarily written by British military officers, has recently become available on the antiquarian book market. The Navy Department Library is interested in acquiring these volumes, but lacks the funds to do so. The library will digitize the books in HTML (textual) format, prominently post them on the Naval History and Heritage Command’s website, and house the volumes in the Rare Book Room. The library has previously posted similar items from its collection, such as “A Journal of the Disasters in Afghanistan, 1841-2” and “The Afghan Wars 1839-42 and 1878-80,” and their content has been used in briefings to Navy leadership. The volumes ... cost $9,800, and two generous donors have offered $1500 in seed money to assist in the purchase of this collection. We ask that you consider a tax deductible gift to this worthy project through our online GiveDirect interface, which is linked below. Acknowledgement letters will be sent in time for your 2011 tax preparations!