It’s a Craft Party in Support of the Troops!

Here’s a guest blog post from a longtime volunteer, tireless supporter and one of our Scarves for Troops Project coordinators, Lorene Van Ark-Miller:

A group of ladies meet at a friend’s home to support our troops. It’s like a party, meeting old friends and making new ones as we enjoy refreshments and good company.

A lot goes on – it’s definitely a WORK party to get things done to help fill the boxes that are sent by Operation Gratitude to our troops to put a smile on their faces and let them know that we are thinking about them here at home.

Things we do: knit/crochet scarves, write letters of thanks, make cards for them to send home, collect Beanie Babies, fold newspaper comics to send, sew cool-ties, and make paracord “Survival” bracelets. It’s FUN!

From Northridge, California, we crafty ladies have a friendly challenge to throw out to the rest of you: If we can do this, YOU CAN DO IT TOO!!!

THANK YOU, Lorene and friends! We hope many will take you up on your challenge, and be inspired to host a similar “work party” in support of the troops! Find information on various crafts here at our blog:

Scarves & Hats (Here’s a flyer you can download and print: Handmade With Love)
Summer 2012 Scarves for Troops Update

Cool-Ties
Writing to the Troops
 Paracord “Survival” Bracelets

When you have items and you’re ready to send them to us, ship or deliver them 
with this Donation Form (click to access) to:***

Operation Gratitude/California Army National Guard
17330 Victory Boulevard
Van Nuys, CA 91406
Attn: RECEIVING

In order to receive an acknowledgment for donated items, you must include this Donation Form inside every carton. If sending more than one carton, a Donation Form must be included in each carton. Please indicate the total number of cartons being sent so we can be sure we have received all of them.

Find more donation and shipping information here: Donation & Shipping Info

As always, THANK YOU for your support!

P.S. Have you heard about the 2012 Pictures for Patriots Contest going on now through July 10 for K-12 students? We are looking for artwork for our next Operation Gratitude Magazine — and to send to troops in our care packages! Learn more here: Pictures for Patriots Contest

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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