Calling all Knitters and Crocheters: Scarves for Troops Project

SUMMER KNITTERS NEWSLETTER:  “Sharon Howard Scarves for Troops Project”

Dear Knitters, Crocheters and Crafters,

I hope you are enjoying a wonderful and restful summer!

Although it’s HOT out there, it is time to give some thought and action to warm scarves and caps for the 2010 Operation Gratitude Holiday Drive!  In touching base with faithful workers now, perhaps you will be inspired to pick up those needles to ensure that our upcoming drive is the most successful yet!

We are motivated by the overwhelming thanks we get from all who receive one of these “made-with-love” items!    Let us also be inspired by Sharon Howard’s** (see below) support for our Military and her dedication and passion for her Scarves for Troops Project.

2010 Holiday Drive
We want to include a scarf or cap inside each one of the care packages we send this winter to our heroic Service Members deployed overseas.  Our goal this year is 60,000 scarves and caps! As we strive towards this tremendous goal we will need everyone’s help–not just in knitting and crocheting, but in spreading the good word as well.

How You Can Help
In addition to making as many scarves and/or caps that you possibly can in the next few months, please help us to get our message out as well!  If you know any knitting or crocheting groups, or newsletters that support projects such as ours, please let them know about the Operation Gratitude Scarves and Caps project and ask them to post our information.  Here is the basic information to pass along to interested parties:

Also, please attach a brief note of appreciation and encouragement, including your email or mailing address onto each item, so the recipient knows it is hand-made for them!  The note can be as simple as “Hand-Made with Love” OR a letter telling him/her about yourself. If you are uncomfortable including your own email please feel free to use OpGrat@gmail.com.   The note can be sewn, tied or pinned on.

For more details and specific patterns, please email: opgrat@gmail.com

Where and When to Send
Beginning in September the Van Nuys Armory will be accepting items for our 2010 Holiday Drive, so please hang onto your scarves and caps until then.

Please deliver or send from September 13th to December 3rd to:

Operation Gratitude/Van Nuys Armory
17330 Victory Blvd.
Van Nuys, CA  91406

Please mark the box “Scarves” so it will be delivered directly to The Scarves for Troops Project.

Want an Operation Gratitude T-shirt or Sweatshirt?
This is a great way to advertise and support our cause!  The shirts come in various colors, sizes and choice of logo.   You can order through the Operation Gratitude Store.  Every purchase of three items sends another care package too!    Also check out our Great Ideas page for more fun ways to support Operation Gratitude

Donations
Every care package costs $15 to assemble and ship (all the items are donated and valued at $100 or more).  We plan to send 60,000 packages this Holiday season, so we need all the help we can get.  Any amount you are able to give will be most appreciated!

Please send checks to:
Operation Gratitude
P.O. Box 260257
Encino, California 91426-0257,

or

You can donate online:   Donate Here

In honor of Sharon Howard, our friend and creator of the “Scarves for Troops Project,” and in recognition of the never-ending sacrifices of our troops,  let’s make 2010 a great Holiday Drive.  I thank each one of you in advance for your kindness and support!   You are putting smiles on the faces of thousands of our heroes in harm’s way.

With love and appreciation,
Elaine Campbell
“Sharon Howard Scarves for Troops Project “

**Sharon Howard was one of our original Operation Gratitude Volunteers and Supervisors.  She launched our very first fundraiser (Used Book Sales) and created the Scarves for Troops program.  Sharon passed away on April 16, 2010 after a multi- year battle with cancer, during which time she never lost her beautiful smile or cheerful nature.  Sharon’s dedication to our Military inspired all around her.  We are honored to dedicate this program to Sharon’s memory. 

Sharon Howard Displaying “Made-With-Love” Scarves

About Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude annually sends 100,000+ care packages filled with snacks, entertainment, hygiene and hand-made items, plus personal letters of appreciation to Veterans, New Recruits, First Responders, Wounded Warriors, Care Givers and to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed overseas. Our mission is to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of our Active Duty and Veteran communities, and provide volunteer opportunities for all Americans to say "Thank You" to members of our Military. Each package contains donated product valued at $75-100 and costs the organization $15 to assemble and ship. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude volunteers have shipped more than One Million Care Packages.
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2 Responses to Calling all Knitters and Crocheters: Scarves for Troops Project

  1. Dianne Koch says:

    My knitting friends are knitting scarves for you to send. We are so happy to show our appreciation to our soldiers this way. Thanks! We’ll send them in late September!
    Dianne Koch

  2. Kathy Grainger says:

    How can I post this on Facebook. I would like to get my friends to help. I like to croche and would like to organzie something here in the Seattle area. Let me know how I can do this and thanks for being there for our Men & Women who serve.-Kathy Grainger

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