Focusing on what matters — Saying “Thank You” to Heroes!

It’s email and letters like these that remind us how important it is that we continue to do what we do to support and thank deployed service members:

Operation Gratitude: My name is SPC R.S. from Boston Massachusetts. I received one of your care packages today and I cannot explain how grateful I am. As you probably hear all the time, being away from home is hard and it’s the little things that actually are a big deal for some soldiers like me. Every single letter brought a smile to my face but the ones that really got me were the letters and homemade cards from the children. They really hit home because I remember writing letters like that for soldiers when I was little.  I’ve been in the army for three years now and this care package is probably the greatest thing I have experienced. I don’t have a lot of family or friends who send me things so I am very thankful.  A Grateful Soldier, R.S.

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I am the Postal OIC for the ********* Post Office. Yesterday, we had the pleasure of receiving over three triwalls filled with Operation Gratitude boxes. Under the wish of the post CSM, we then distributed those boxes to many happy Soldiers. I know you operate in thanks to us doing our duties in a hostile environment. But, without the care and support of the many thousands of people who you represent, our jobs would be that much more difficult. So in turn, please accept our thanks and gratitude. All our thanks, 1LT J.S.G., Platoon Leader

Care packages filled to capacity with treats, DVDs, phone cards, handmade scarves, hygiene items, socks, CDs, coffee….and more….make a wonderful “morale boosting” difference to the troops who receive them! The added bonus — and often the most treasured items in the box — are the letters from grateful Americans of all ages (but — as R.S. wrote — most especially the children!) who write to say, “THANK YOU for your service!”

We can’t fill the care packages with “Wish List” items or letters of thanks without the generous help of our sponsors, volunteers, supporters and donors from all over the country. It costs Operation Gratitude $15 to assemble and ship ONE box — multiply $15 by 100,000 care packages — that’s $1.5 MILLION DOLLARS we need to cover our expenses each year!

Can you help? Online financial donations may be made here. Information about where to send checks by mail is here. All other donation and shipping instructions as well as helpful tips may be found here.

Operation Gratitude is approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. (Read our Financial Statements.)

More ideasWrite a Letter! Recycle Used Cell Phones! Donate your Vehicle! Support the Troops While You Shop!

When you join in to support our patriotic cause, you become a member of our extended family — a dedicated group of Heroes at Home — like the precious volunteers in this news report!

We thank you…and all the service members who will benefit from your kindness thank you as well!

Financial Donations may be mailed to:
Operation Gratitude

P.O. Box 260257
Encino, California 91426-0257

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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