Stay Strong, Boston!

We remember the events of one year ago today, including the heroic efforts of so many civilians alongside professional emergency first responders and military personnel.

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Stay strong, Boston!

 

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Pray for Fort Hood…

PrayforFortHoodAnother Fort Hood shooting: Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and the entire Fort Hood community.

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AmazonSmile = More Smiles for Troops & Veterans

Shop at smile.amazon.com between now and March 31, 2014, and Amazon will donate an extra $5 to Operation Gratitude! This is in addition to the regular donation of 0.5% of the purchase price.

Up to $1,000,000 extra will be donated to eligible charities as a result of this promotion.

As you do your regular Amazon shopping, all that you buy will allow us to raise some much-needed funds!

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THANK YOU for your support!

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Our Simple “To Do” List

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335th Signal Command (Theater) Detachment 34 deployment ceremonyWhen it comes to supporting the Military Community, we at Operation Gratitude have a very simple “To Do” list:

1. Say “Thank you” with care packages filled with goodies, love and thanks.

2. Keep deployed troops, veterans,wounded warriors and their families in our thoughts and prayers.

3. Repeat steps 1 & 2 over and over.335th Signal Command (Theater) Detachment 34 deployment ceremony

Won’t you please join us? A $15 donation will pay assembly and shipping costs to send another care package.

Donate today!

Caption: Soldiers assigned to 335th Signal Command (Theater), Detachment 34, pray during a deployment ceremony in the Drill Hall, 335th Headquarters building, East Point, Ga., March 14, 2014. These soldiers are deploying to Afghanistan and Kuwait to support Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photos by Sgt. Austin Berner. Used with permission.)

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Donate Cell Phones & Smartphones to Benefit our Military

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Is it time to upgrade your cell phone or smartphone? Want to help support the Military Community and Operation Gratitude’s Programs when you do?

Donate your phone and GRC Wireless will contribute up to $150 (or more) to Operation Gratitude for each phone!

It’s simple! Visit the GRC website for all the information and instructions. Shipping is GRC WirelessFREE for 10 or more phones — download and use this flyer to organize a collection drive at your place of business, school or in your neighborhood.

IMG_0931Questions? Visit the GRC FAQ page, send an email to info@grcrecycling.com or give them a call at 877-744-3601.

Your donation will help Operation Gratitude support veterans, deployed troops, wounded warriors and military families!

Check out other ways you can Help Make More Smiles — No Matter Where You Live!

Thank you for your generous support!

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Here’s a precious and sweet picture we couldn’t resist sharing today…

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Caption: Marines and sailors spend time with residents at River Oaks Assisted Living in Port Royal, S.C. Service members presented roses to residents and escorted them from their rooms to the cafeteria to enjoy a Valentine’s Day-themed meal. (Photo by Cpl. David Thank You TroopsBessey. Used with permission.)

Today is a great day to remind everyone that veterans and deployed troops love receiving children’s drawings and letters of thanks in the care packages we send. Learn more here: Precious Treasures — Letters from Kids!

Wishing everyone a very happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at Operation Gratitude!

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Operation Gratitude’s Military Support Programs

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Did you know that Operation Gratitude volunteers send more than 150,000 care packages every year?

Our mission is to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of our Active Duty and Veteran communities.  To do so, we have developed these unique care package programs, each with the goal of saying “Thank You” to our heroes:

NMCB 26Deployed Troop Care Packages: Our volunteers assemble and ship our hallmark Operation Gratitude Care Packages to deployed Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines, each package personally addressed by name.

Recruit Care Packages: Our “Recruit” Care Package program thanks our newest members of the Military for stepping forward and devoting the next several years of their life in service to our nation.

Battalion Buddy Packages: We send cuddly stuffed animal “Battalion Buddy” packages to the children of deploying service members. Each Battalion Buddy wears a tag saying: “Hi Brave Young Warrior! I am your Battalion Buddy. I am here to cuddle with you while your Mommy or Daddy is away.”
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Veterans Care Packages: We coordinate with VA Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Veterans’ Groups & Homeless Veterans Support Organizations to provide care packages for Veterans of all generations to let them know they are never forgotten and because “It is never too late to say, ‘Thank You.’”

Wounded Warrior Packages: Our “Purple Heart” Care Packages provide comfort items to troops recovering in Military Hospitals and Wounded Warrior Transition Units.

Care Packages for Care Givers: In recognition of their sacrifice and devotion, Operation Gratitude sends special greetings and appreciation to wives, mothers and sisters (or male relatives) who are caring for their wounded warriors.

First Responder Care Kits: Essential supplies are collected, assembled into easily transportable kits, and provided to emergency response teams deploying into crisis situations.

Military Family Care Packages: Disaster Relief Supplies and basic necessities, including food, toiletries, household products, blankets and clothing are given to Military families and Veterans facing financial hardships and homelessness due to catastrophe, unemployment, PTSD, illness or injury. 

To learn how you can support any or all of these programs, check out this blog post or email OpGrat@gmail.com

To request packages for Deployed Troops, visit our website or email OpGrat@aol.com

NewBatBud2To request Veteran, Recruit, First Responder or Military Family packages, email OpGratVet@gmail.com

To request Battalion Buddies for a deploying unit, email BattalionBuddy@gmail.com

To request Wounded Warrior or Care Giver packages, email OpGratWW@gmail.com

For Corporate donations or employee volunteer opportunities, please contact Dana@OperationGratitude.com

Make a financial donation today — Every $15 pays our shipping and assembly costs to send another care package: Donate Online Here

Thank you for your generous support!

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