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Fall 2012: Scarves for Troops Update

A new guest post from our Scarves for Troops coordinators: Even though the days are still hot for some of us, there is a hint of Fall in the atmosphere and it serves as an important reminder: If you’re planning … Continue reading

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Meet Our 800,000th Care Package Recipient…

CAMP DEHDADI II — Surrounded by cheering and clapping comrades, Spc. Samuel Mancilla, a motor transport operator assigned to the 1072nd Transportation Company, 378th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade received Operation Gratitude’s milestone 800,000th care package on August 15, … Continue reading

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Holiday Greeting Card Design Contest

As we prepare for our 10th Annual Holiday Drive, we are excited to announce another art contest for students entering grades K-12!  This time, we are looking for original artwork for the holiday greeting card we will send in 50,000+ … Continue reading

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Operation Gratitude Celebrates Its 800,000th Care Package Milestone

The crowd was electric and in a celebratory mood on June 16 when more than 500 volunteers descended on the California National Guard Armory in Van Nuys to assemble the 800,000th Operation Gratitude Care Package.  The Milestone package, which will … Continue reading

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We Can Never Out-Thank the Troops

As our care packages continue to reach their destinations, we receive wonderful letters, email and photos in reply. We post them in the “Mail Call” and “Photo Gallery” of our website, but also wanted to share a few with you … Continue reading

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Great Ideas…A Few More Ways to Support the Troops!

If you’ve ever visited our Vendors with Great Ideas page on the Operation Gratitude website, you’ve seen the wonderfully creative initiatives our corporate partners have designed to raise funds and collect items critically needed to send care packages to our … Continue reading

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“My men and I still need every bit of your support.”

A guest post from deployed First Lietuenant John A., who is serving in the United States Marine Corps: As American service members continue ten more years of commitment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, we cannot help but think: … Continue reading

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Happy Anniversary, Operation Gratitude!

On March 19, 2003, Operation Gratitude got its start in the living room of its founder, Carolyn Blashek. Four care packages were shipped that week. Nine years and more than 760,000 care packages later, we thought we would take a … Continue reading

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Your Support Makes All This Possible!

THANK YOU! Your generosity makes it possible for us to put smiles on the faces of hundreds of thousands of: Heroes in harm’s way Wounded Warriors Military Children anxiously waiting at home Military families & Veterans facing financial distress At … Continue reading

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Spring 2012: Scarves for Troops Update!

A guest blog post by Scarves for Troops coordinator, Elaine Campbell: “…When the Treasure becomes a Memory, the Memory becomes a Treasure…” It is with warm memories and a heavy heart that I tell you Joan Mazzarelli has passed away. … Continue reading

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