An Honor to Share…

Have you heard the news? The U.S. Navy announced its choice of Operation Gratitude as its 2011 Spirit of Hope Award honoree.

The Spirit of Hope Award began in 1997 by the Wiegand Foundation, Inc. in honor
of actor and comedian Bob Hope, who was known and beloved for his humanitarian work and involvement with U.S. Armed Forces. Every year the award is given to distinguished Americans and organizations whose patriotism, selflessness and commitment to the troops reflects that of the late Bob Hope. 

From the Navy Personnel Command website:

In keeping with the spirit of the award, the Navy has proudly submitted a nominee, annually since 2005, who has epitomized our core values and the selfless spirit of Bob Hope: duty, honor, courage, loyalty, commitment, integrity and dedication.  Their tireless contributions to the Navy have significantly enhanced the quality of life of Sailors and their families serving around the world. Past recipients have also shown a true desire and deep devotion to uplift the spiritual, social, educational, and entertainment needs of the men and women in the United States Navy.

It is tremendously gratifying for us to know that the selfless and generous work of our wonderful volunteers, donors and corporate sponsors is being honored and recognized in this special way as we “March to a Million” care packages. With your continued help, we will send our milestone MILLIONTH package in 2013!

This Spirit of Hope Award is for all who have supported our Mission to thank deployed troops, veterans, wounded warriors and military families for their service to our great nation. In November when Operation Gratitude’s founder, Carolyn Blashek, travels to the Pentagon she will accept the award on your behalf.

As always, THANK YOU for your support!

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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14 Responses to An Honor to Share…

  1. ssgt leslie says:

    congrats to all at operation gratitude…well earned. keep us posted.

  2. Reblogged this on theconservativehillbilly and commented:
    What an awesome job you do for our heroes!

  3. Jack Benton says:

    You Guys & Gals ROCK!! Congratulations!!

  4. Ann Pickavet says:

    Way to go “gang”!!!!! I’m proud to know you all!!!!!!!

  5. Lynette says:

    You guys work so hard and work wonders, thanks for your support!

  6. OH Blog says:

    Our sincerest congratulations to a most deserving organization!!!!

  7. Sandi says:

    Congratulations! I know you don’t do this for any recognition, but for our men and women out there, but still – it is gratifying to be appreciated. :)

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