Operation Iraqi Freedom has officially transitioned to Operation New Dawn. Yet, 50,000 Soldiers remain in combat-ready mode in Iraq, 100,000 troops are currently deployed in the Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan combat zone, and tens of thousands more are serving in the Persian Gulf, Kosovo, Bosnia, Africa, the Middle East and other hot spots around the world.
Operation Gratitude continues to support the hundreds of thousands of military men and women deployed in harm’s way. Your participation is needed more than ever to help send 50,000 Holiday Care Packages filled with respect and appreciation.
“Thousands of miles away in hostile territory and cut off from the comforts and communication we all take for granted, our troops often feel that Americans at home no longer remember or care about them,” said Carolyn Blashek, founder of Operation Gratitude. “As the war in Afghanistan surges into its 10th year, and U.S. Soldiers continue to face down an enemy in Iraq, we need to reassure our Military that they are not forgotten, especially during the most difficult time of year away from loved ones: The Holidays.”
There are many ways you can help. The most urgent needs are for financial donations to pay for postage, personal letters, hand-made scarves and Beanie Babies/WebKinz/Trolls. We have heard from many service members that they give the stuffed animals to the local children, who in turn provide information on where IED’s (bombs) are hidden. As one stated: “Not only are you putting smiles on our faces, you are saving our lives.”
For information on planning fundraisers and other ideas, check and “Like” our Facebook pages: www.facebook.com/OperationGratitude and www.facebook.com/HalloweenCandy, visit the Website at www.OperationGratitude.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each package is addressed to an individual Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine by name. Every donation of $15 sends another package containing over 50 items of snack foods, entertainment products, toiletries and personal letters of appreciation that put smiles on our troops’ faces.
*The contents of a typical Operation Gratitude care package include:
The U.S. Constitution
3-5 Personal Letters plus the Operation Gratitude Greeting Card
The Operation Gratitude Magazine
UFC Fight DVD
TV/Movie DVD and a Musical CD
Box of Girl Scout Cookies
Hand Made Scarf
Deck of Cards
Bag of Beef Jerky
Toothbrush, toothpaste, Mouthwash
Several Assorted Candies, Fruit Roll Ups
Pack of Greeting Cards, Pens
T-shirt or Baseball Cap
Tins of Mints
Packs of Gum
Skin Care Products
Deck of Sports Cards
Hand Sanitizer; Wipes
Body or Hand Warmers
Foot Care Products
Your donation of just $15 will send another Care Package with all these items and more! We know times are tough, but our troops deserve your “Thank You!” Please sponsor as many packages as you can for the Holidays.
Online donations can be made here: $15 per Package
Checks or money orders can be made out and mailed to:
16444 Refugio Road
Encino, CA 91436
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Creative ways to help can be found on the Great Ideas page.
Thank you for your support!