Update: (2/2014): Our Battalion Buddy Program has been wildly popular! We sent out more than 150,000 Battalion Buddies in less than three years, providing hugs and cuddles to many children anxiously awaiting the return of their deployed parents. We are currently looking for Sponsors to continue the program. Please contact BattalionBuddy@gmail.com to learn about Sponsorship opportunities.
We are very excited to introduce our brand-new, made-especially-for-Operation Gratitude Battalion Buddies! We work with Family Readiness Officers and battalion leaders to send these cuddly bears in care packages to our youngest Warriors — the children of deployed Military.
To learn more about the Battalion Buddy Program, please go to: http://bit.ly/Ny0DZa
Thank you to our wonderful vendor, Glory Be (http://www.glorybe.com/) for supplying us with these adorable stuffed toys!
Each Battalion Buddy Care Package costs Operation Gratitude $15 to assemble and send to a Military child. Financial donations to support the Battalion Buddy Program can be made online here: Donate to Battalion Buddies or by check made payable and addressed to:
P.O. Box 260257
Encino, CA 91426-0257
Corporate Donors should contact Carolyn Blashek at firstname.lastname@example.org regarding sponsorship opportunities.
Want to make someone’s day? Sponsor a Battalion Buddy Package and get a little something for yourself, too! Learn more here: How to Sponsor Operation Gratitude Care Packages
Family Readiness Officers and battalion leaders wishing to **request Battalion Buddy packages should send an email to BattalionBuddy@gmail.com for more information.
**Please Note: We greatly appreciate the service and sacrifice of all military families, but the specific intent of Battalion Buddy packages is to provide comfort to those children who will not see their parent for a long time and need something to hold on to. Please understand that due to very limited resources, we must restrict this program to the children of OVERSEAS deployed/deploying Military only.