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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, 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.

Stay Strong, Boston!

We remember the events of one year ago today, including the heroic efforts of so many civilians alongside professional emergency first responders and military personnel. We are keeping all those who were affected in our thoughts and prayers. Stay strong, Boston! … Continue reading

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Pray for Fort Hood…

Another Fort Hood shooting: Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and the entire Fort Hood community.

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AmazonSmile = More Smiles for Troops & Veterans

Shop at smile.amazon.com between now and March 31, 2014, and Amazon will donate an extra $5 to Operation Gratitude! This is in addition to the regular donation of 0.5% of the purchase price. Up to $1,000,000 extra will be donated … Continue reading

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Our Simple “To Do” List

When it comes to supporting the Military Community, we at Operation Gratitude have a very simple “To Do” list: 1. Say “Thank you” with care packages filled with goodies, love and thanks. 2. Keep deployed troops, veterans,wounded warriors and their families in our thoughts … Continue reading

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Donate Cell Phones & Smartphones to Benefit our Military

Is it time to upgrade your cell phone or smartphone? Want to help support the Military Community and Operation Gratitude’s Programs when you do? Donate your phone and GRC Wireless will contribute up to $150 (or more) to Operation Gratitude for … Continue reading

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Here’s a precious and sweet picture we couldn’t resist sharing today… We hope this warms your hearts as much as it did ours! Just look at those smiles! Caption: Marines and sailors spend time with residents at River Oaks Assisted … Continue reading

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Operation Gratitude’s Military Support Programs

Did you know that Operation Gratitude volunteers send more than 150,000 care packages every year? Our mission is to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of our Active Duty and Veteran communities.  To do so, we have developed … Continue reading

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Are We Still Relevant?

A Message from Operation Gratitude Founder, Carolyn Blashek: Dear Friends, I am often asked: “Now that the wars are over and all the troops are coming home, are you going to shut down Operation Gratitude?”  The answer to that question … Continue reading

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Scarves for Troops Program

Our Scarves for Troops Program is more popular than ever thanks to the dedicated and generous support from talented people like YOU all across the country! These made-with-love gifts are treasured by all who receive them! If you have knitting … Continue reading

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Help Make More Smiles — No Matter Where You Live

Every week, we hear from enthusiastic people all across the country who, like you, want to join us to support the Military Community and Operation Gratitude’s patriotic cause. But, because they live far from our Los Angeles-area location, they think … Continue reading

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