A 10-year-old collected around 3,000 comic books and donated it to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey. Carl Scheckel collected the comics after a campaign that was organised for the donation. The comics have now been shipped and recipients are being urged to send back pictures to recognize his hard work. Carl’s website dedicated to comics says that he wanted to do something for the forces. The idea struck him after one of his subscribers asked what he thought about donating comic books to veterans in hospitals and soldiers. Carl materialised the idea because he wants people to enjoy comics like he does.

He started it with 300 of his own comics and then made arrangements through the Department of Veterans Affairs to deliver the comic books. Associated Press quoted him as saying, “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.”  In response to the thoughtful gesture by the young boy, some high-ranking base officials surprised him with a VIP tour at the joint base. Gujarat: 84-year-old retired bank employee donates life savings to Armed Forces

In his website, he described it as “the best day of my life!” Talking about the trip he said that he and his father sat in some military planes and also visited several sites on the base. Carol had been a comic book fan since pre-school. He heard about superheroes from friends and soon learned about Spiderman. Since then he has been reading comic after comic. When Carol was asked if he would want to work in comic book industry he said that he would like to create a television show on a superhero in the 1930s. (Image Credits – kafbnucleus.com)