Ten year old Carl Sheckel is one special kid; to date, he’s collected around 3,000 comic books and donated them to those serving in our military! Born out of a suggestion left by a reader of his comic book review site, Carl began with 300 of his own books and started a donation campaign that took off mostly through comic book shows. He then made arrangements with the Department of Veteran Affairs to deliver them to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey, where they have been sent all over the world to soldiers overseas and here at home.
When asked why he took on this vast, generous task, Carl said, “I wanted to give (military personnel) something to remind them of home. It’s really sad when you have to go away and miss your friends and family a lot. I wanted to give them something they would enjoy.” And since Carl is such a fan of comic books, he saw it as a good way to share that joy with people who desperately need encouragement.
Carl has also been awarded for his generosity; he and his father were surprised with a VIP tour of the base from its leaders where they were able to try on military gear, sit inside some of the planes, and spend time with high-ranking officials as guests of honor. He called it “the best day of my life!”
Recipients have been encouraged to post and send back pictures of themselves with the comic books they received so that Carl (and the rest of us) can see the fruits of his hard work.
YouTube Channel: Carl’s Comix
Featured image via Pixabay
h/t New York Post