Operation Gratitude can win $50,000 in the Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores “Craft for a Cause 2010 Contest” running through October 30, 2010!
And you can personally win a $1,500 Jo-Ann’s Gift Card!

We need our knitters and crafters to rally to this challenge!  You can help us send an item made with love to each of our troops serving in harm’s way.
Plus you can help us win $50,000 to help cover our mailing costs.

The makers of the top five (5) crafted items will each win a $1,500 Jo-Ann’s Gift Card.  A Jo-Ann’s panel of sewing and crafting experts will judge all eligible entries based upon creativity, quality & functionality for Operation Gratitude.

The three (3) charitable organizations receiving the most donated items by October 30, 2010 become “Craft for a Cause Contest” finalists.
Starting November 7, 2010, everyone will be able to go online and vote for their favorite charity among the three.  Charity voting ends December 4, 2010.

This contest is open to legal U.S. residents in all 50 states and DC (but excluding Maryland and Vermont) who are age 14 and older (contestants under 14 need a parent/guardian signature).

How You Can Win:


  • Make a hand-made item for donation to Operation Gratitude by using materials purchased at a Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store or from their online store at and save your receipts.  Submit 3 photos of the item.  View Official Rules
  • Log onto and ENTER into the Contest. Rules are provided.
  • Only one entry per person may be submitted on line (Operation Gratitude will accept as many items as you can make tho!).



How Operation Gratitude and the Troops Can Win:


  • Operation Gratitude needs to receive thousands and thousands of hand-made craft items (scarves, cool-ties, ornaments, cards, etc) to be among the top 3 craft recipients by October 30, 2010.
    So…get your friends together and “Craft for Our Cause!”
  • Starting November 7, 2010, vote for Operation Gratitude at
  • The charity receiving the most votes will win $50,000!



Sample Craft Items to Benefit Operation Gratitude:


  • Knit/Crochet Scarves (5-7″ Wide, 45-50″ long)
    ***Feel free to use your own pattern or use one of ours.***
    For more information on The Scarf Project and patterns, please visit our Blog or email:
    We need 60,000 scarves for the holiday packages–please help!
  • Bandana Cool-Tie Project (for summer packages):
    ~Follow this link for pattern and directions.
    ~Click here to buy the water-absorbing polymer granules needed for your Cool Ties.
    ~Please use tan, brown, desert camouflage or other neutral colored cotton. No American flag fabric please.
  • Neck Gaiters (Gators): For directions, visit here
  • Hand-made Greeting Cards:
    We welcome hand-made cards with your personal messages on them or blank decorated cards that the troops can use to write to their loved ones (or to you!).



LET’S MAKE IT A WIN-WIN-WIN FOR YOU, OPERATION GRATITUDE AND OUR TROOPS!We know you are making lots of scarves, hats, etc for our troops this holiday season.  Just enter your one favorite item in the Jo-ann’s contest for your chance to win a $1,500 Gift card and to help us win $50,000!

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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