Precious Treasures: Letters from Kids!

Time and time again, when we hear back from the troops who receive our care packages, they tell us much the same thing — how wonderful it is to hear from children:

“Received your lovely Operation Gratitude parcel today in Kandahar, Afghanistan.  Thank you very much for your kindness to the soldiers. It means so much to us. My favorites were the letters from the children. I have been a soldier for 28 years and have fought in many places. Despite all that, the children’s words always hit a hidden place in our hearts.  May God bless you richly in all you do.  V/R, SGM J.M.”

“…You guys are truly awesome.  I’m happy I received a package from Operation Gratitude.  The letters from the school kids made me proud of serving my country….SPC D.C.”

“… I cannot stress how important this organization is to everyone in the service and how incredibly thankful we are that there are people like you and all of your volunteers here to support us! The best things in any packages are the letters, especially the ones from the kids. Thank you again for all that you do. You guys are the true heroes!  SSgt K.S.”

“…Words cannot describe the joy that I feel when I read the letters from the kids. Their letters will always remind me to be courageous and to always stand tall. I wish to thank every single one of you from the bottom of my heart for your love and support. Keep up the great work and God bless you all.  AT3(AW) R.W.”

Sure, they definitely appreciate the coffee, snacks, DVDs and all the other goodies we pack into their boxes, but the items that have the most lasting impact on these men and women so far from home are the simple drawings and letters of thanks sent from these young Americans they may never meet face-to-face.

What is wonderful is that writing to the troops is something we all can do! We invite students, parents and teachers, as well as scout, youth and community group leaders to organize letter-writing projects so we can be sure to include several of these precious treasures in each of the care packages we send.

Want more information? Please sign-up here to receive information, instructions and details — plus flyers to download, print out and use as a helpful resource.

THANK YOU for your support of the troops — your thoughtfulness and generosity goes a long way in helping to bring a smile to each of their faces!

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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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10 Responses to Precious Treasures: Letters from Kids!

  1. Roberta Wilkinson says:

    What is the latest we can send Christmas letters to deployed service members? Our boys would like to Thank them for their service.

    Thank you,


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