600,000th Care Package to be Shipped by Operation Gratitude

OPERATION GRATITUDE TO HIT UNPRECEDENTED MILESTONE DECEMBER 11
Organization Celebrates Shipment of 600,000 Care Packages to Troops

All across the country, we will have cause to celebrate on Saturday, December 11, 2010 as the 600,000th Operation Gratitude Care Package rolls off the assembly line at the National Guard Armory in Van Nuys, California!

Director of Operations Charlie Othold expects the milestone 600,000th package to hit the assembly line around 11:15 a.m. PST, to the cheers of up to 1,000 volunteers, Military members, legislators, and celebrities.

In addition to standard items and personal letters provided by more than 250 Corporate donors and by all of you, the 600,000th Care Package will include a classically American surprise generously donated by one of our Corporate Partners. A special delivery of the 600,000th Package is being arranged.  Five previous Operation Gratitude milestone packages contained the keys to new vehicles.

The five winners of the online Halloween “Guess the Candy Weight 2010 Contest,” will also be announced and awarded their great prizes.  The contest remains open to enter through December 5.
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Military and political dignitaries, along with representatives from many of the organization’s Corporate Sponsors, will join the Operation Gratitude volunteers to assemble thousands of troop gifts in addition to the 600,000th Care Package.  Delicious product samples and a hearty lunch will be provided by Corporate and local business donors.

Volunteers (ages 12 years and up) are invited to assist in the on-site care package activities.

Financial Donations are still needed to pay the assembly and postage costs of $15 per care package.  Please ensure that every Soldier, Sailor, Airman and Marine deployed in harm’s way, far from home, feels loved and appreciated this holiday season.   Every tax deductible donation of $15 sends another care package, personally addressed to an American hero, and filled with 50+ assorted snack, entertainment and personal care items valued at $100 or more.

Online donations can be made here: Donate

Donations by check can be made payable and mailed to:
Operation Gratitude
16444 Refugio Road
Encino, California 91436

WHAT: Operation Gratitude Volunteers assemble the 600,000th Care Package

WHEN: Saturday, December 11, 2010
Care Package Assembly starts at 9 a.m.
The 600,000th Package Assembly and Celebration will occur: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: California National Guard Armory
17330 Victory Boulevard
Van Nuys, CA  91406
Corner of Victory and Louise; parking available on adjacent lot

For additional volunteer information: Volunteer
To learn how you can help:  Support Activities
Donate while you shop: Great Ideas
To Request Care Packages for Deployed Troops: Request Packages

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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