Christmas is Around the Corner….

In This Issue
Lake Havasu Patriot Days
Down & Dirty Mud Runs
Scarves for Troops
Halloween Candy
Great Ideas
Quick Links
Visit our website
Dear Friends,
I hope you are having a safe and enjoyable summer!While it is very HOT this summer throughout the country, it is not too soon to be thinking about the COLD winter our warriors will face in the mountains of Afghanistan and the desert of Iraq in just a few months.We devote this Newsletter to current activities and upcoming events in which you can participate now and throughout the Fall to ensure Operation Gratitude can send another 60,000 care packages (including our milestone 600,000th package!) to our troops in harm’s way during the Holiday season.
From craft projects to running through mud; from buying gifts to having fun in the Lake Havasu sun; from recycling to trick or treating, there are many ways that every American, anywhere in the country, can support our troops through Operation Gratitude this year.Keep current with all our activities by “Liking”us on Facebook, “Following” us on Twitter, and checking out our new Operation Gratitude Blog!Thank you for your never-ending dedication to our brave men and women in uniform.  Together we will continue to put smiles on the faces of thousands of our heroes in combat this year.

Lake Havasu Patriot Days – September 15 – 26, 2010

American Veterans Traveling Tribute (“AVTT”) and the Lake Havasu Hospitality Association have joined together to create Patriot Days,
a celebration of freedom, patriotism and community support for our Military, past and present. Their Goal: Have fun and raise enough money to pay the postage on 20,000 Operation Gratitude Care Packages, write 20,000 letters and gather enough beanie babies and knitted scarves for each package.

Please join the fun in the sun in Lake Havasu: “The Most Patriotic Community” and be a part of an  historic effort to support our troops!

Merrell Down & Dirty For Our Troops— Get Down & Dirty on the East Coast and Return for Final 2010 Run on the West Coast!Pump up your fall ‘fitness’ and ‘spooky’ fun with the Merrell Down & Dirty Mud Run in New York on October 3rd and in Sacramento, CA on October 31st!!Have fun in the mud, run with local military athletes and support
Operation Gratitude!$2 from each Entry Fee will benefit Operation Gratitude.

Scarves for Troops Project — Say “Thank You” with a warm handmade scarf! hope to include a handmade scarf, hat or neck-warmer in every Holiday care package this year–that’s 60,000 items made with your love! Start clicking those knitting and crochet needles now! For more details and patterns, email

Please spread the word about the Scarf Project to all knit, crochet and crafter blogs, websites, groups, etc.  This is a huge undertaking–we need your help!

Halloween Candy Buy-Back is BACK! Candy & GirlDentists across the country will again “Buy Back” Halloween candy from their patients and send it to
Operation Gratitude for our Holiday care packages. Our troops will love it–for themselves and also to give out to the children in the communities they patrol.Check the Halloween Buy Back website to find a dentist near you.  Or organize your own Halloween Candy Collection in your community.  Email for more information.

So Many Great Ideas – How you can support Operation Gratitude just by doing what you always do!Our Corporate Sponsors generously donate products for the care packages and we thank them for their great kindness. Many Small Business
Owners also support our efforts by donating a portion of proceeds from the sales of their goods or services–but they need your help!

Whether purchasing beautiful gifts of Art, Hero Bracelets, Children’s Clothing, Work Boots or Rubber Boots, buying expressive Magnets, Party Supplies, Apparel or Coffee, or ordering Books and Magazines, you can find the perfect gifts for your friends and family, and at the same time contribute to sending a gift of love to a Hero away from home during the Holidays.

Check out more creative ways you can support our Troops by visiting our Great Ideas Page often.  We continually update it with new offers.

Donate Your Vehicles — It’s a Win-Win all around For US Troops makes it easy to donate your vehicle: They do all the paperwork to pickup the vehicle and transfer title, you receive a tax deductible receipt and Operation Gratitude receives proceeds from the sale of your car, boat or motorhome!Fill out the form online or call 7 days a week toll free: 1-800-333-0606


Operation Gratitude — Extra, Extra, Read All About It! 

Be sure to sign up for our Mailing List so you will be the first to receive an email with the latest posts.  Don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook–we are looking for our 25,000th Fan!  And  “Follow”us on Twitter–we want to reach 4,000 followers this month!

RECYCLE… RECYCLE… RECYCLE! — Good for the planet, GREAT for the troops!
GRC Wireless Recycling will pay Operation Gratitude up to $30 per cell phone, PDA or laptop, and pre-pay the shipping expenses. GRC can organize a Recycling Campaign for your community, with promotional materials. For more information, click
here: Wireless Recycling or call: 800-203-1506. GRC will also recycle Ink-Jet cartridges.

About Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude annually sends 200,000+ care packages to Veterans, First Responders, New Recruits, Wounded Heroes, their Care Givers, and to individually named U.S. service members deployed overseas and their families waiting at home. Each package is filled with food, entertainment, hygiene and hand-made items, as well as personal letters of support. Our mission is to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of the Military and First Responder communities, and provide volunteer opportunities for civilians anywhere in America to express their appreciation to all who serve our nation. Each package contains donated product valued between $45 and $100 and costs our organization $15 to assemble and ship. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude volunteers have shipped more than 1.6 Million Care Packages.
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1 Response to Christmas is Around the Corner….

  1. I’ve already completed my first scarf, & even blogged about it!

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