Beanie Babies for the Troops?

Key leader engagementYes, it’s true! We put Beanie Babies and other varieties of small, plush toys in ALL the care packages we send to deployed Troops! 

Why? One Service Member told us, “…it may sound silly but the beanie Baby brings an odd feeling of comfort to a grown man.”

Another wrote, “Every work center in my division has a Beanie donated by Operation Gratitude; they’ve become something like mascots to my Sailors.”

Here is an especially touching email we received recently:

“I really wanted to thank you, the volunteers and supporters of Operation Gratitude. We have started receiving the goodie boxes. Everyone who received the boxes was so excited today. Everyone has their beanie baby on their desks. One person’s box had a very touching reaction. She got a stuffed squirrel just like the one she gave her dad when she was younger. He had used Velcro to stick it on the dash of his truck. He has since passed away, but her face lit up when she received the squirrel today. You reminded her of all the good times she had with her dad. All the Sailors had grins on their faces today. I cannot tell you how much we appreciate what you do for us. Have a blessed day! Very Respectfully, NCC(AW/SW) B.J.G.”

Many of the service members enjoy the Beanie Babies as a symbol of support from home. As one Master Sergeant wrote:

“I think everyone has had the most fun with the beanie babies. They are decorating and playing with them. The shop kind of looks like a beanie baby zoo. Of course most of us are male so it’s not normal for this which makes it very unusual but fun to watch. Thanks again for the boost to morale from your show of support.”

For some, the toys provide cheery comfort, a reminder of childhood…To others, they’re tokens of friendship to be shared with children in the villages where our troops patrol…and a great number of these toys make it all the way home at the end of deployments to be given as gifts for loved ones.

But the bottom line is: See these smiles? That’s reason enough for us!

Beanie Baby Love Collage
We WELCOME donations of small, stuffed toys (Beanie Babies, Webkinz, etc. — 6″ and smaller). Find some on our Amazon.com “Wish List” or host a collection drive for new or gently used ones at your work place, neighborhood or school.

Please include a Donation Form with any package you send us. Ship donations to: BeaniePic2

Operation Gratitude
17330 Victory Boulevard
Van Nuys, CA 91406

Additional Resources:
Donation and Shipping Information
How to Organize a Collection Drive
Wondering What’ on our “Wish List”?

Questions? Send an email to opgrat@gmail.com. 

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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22 Responses to Beanie Babies for the Troops?

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  2. joyce m trevizo says:

    I have hundreds of ty’s – boyd’s bears – various baseball bears- m&m stuffed toys willing to part with them but lost my job today can’t ship them Any one want to help in taking them to Van Nuys Ca i live in Las Cruces ,NM

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  4. Cameo says:

    I shared this on IG, FB, and on our local town’s Facebook group and I’m already receiving a huge response! I’ll send them soon!

  5. Danielle Holstein says:

    Are you still sending care packages to the troops? Do you still need donations of beanie babies?

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  9. Doris Webster says:

    I’m happy to have come across your website and I’m excited to begin the process of my beanie babies gathering! Thank you!

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  13. Bonnie Wrixton says:

    Does anyone know of connections in the Racine-Milwaukee, WI area to help with the cost of shipping 100’s and 100’s of Beanie Babies (Ty, Coke, Disney etc.) to Operation Gratitude in Calif?

  14. Reblogged this on The Do-Gooder Mama and commented:
    Those of you with children undoubtedly have large collection of stuffed animals in your house. This is an excellent opportunity to talk to your children about helping others by donating some of their small stuffed animals to deployed troops. Josie recently went through her collection and we have a box of animals waiting to be sent. Seize the moment and put those unused stuffed animals to good work!

  15. Reblogged this on The Do-Gooder Mama and commented:
    Those of you with children undoubtedly have large collection of stuffed animals in your house. This is an excellent opportunity to talk to your children about helping others by donating some of their small stuffed animals to deployed troops. Josie recently went through her collection and we have a box of animals waiting to be sent. Seize the moment and put those unused stuffed animals to good work!

    • trixiec67 says:

      I mailed my donation of my collection of Beanie Babies and other stuffed toys off. I figured I didn’t need them sitting around in the closet. It was time for them to serve a greater purpose. All 70 of them are off to serve our enlisted. :D I’ve never felt better heading off to the post office in my life!!!

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