We Can Never Out-Thank the Troops

As our care packages continue to reach their destinations, we receive wonderful letters, email and photos in reply. We post them in the “Mail Call and “Photo Gallery” of our website and on our Facebook page, too, but also wanted to share a few with you here:

“Good morning! Thank you for your note and the prayers for our troops as we prepare for our final stage of redeployment back to **.  We have been blessed during our yearlong deployment both to Iraq and Kuwait where (knock on wood) I can proudly say — everyone comes home from our battalion. I can attest to the highly motivated soldiers in my Company, Battalion and the Brigade of ** ** ** that it was an honor for us to serve our country. We are indebted to our families, friends and supporters back home for their patience, understanding and support.

Please continue to pray for our soldiers as I am expecting that reintegration will have its own difficulties. Several of my soldiers have experienced personal family issues such as missing births of children, divorces, loss of loved ones (my own father passed away in January), and other family and personal changes beyond their control. They must readjust to dealing with their emotions and especially not being on a 24/7 alert.

For me, I long to see my family, see some greenery — trees, brush, shrubs or the lawn — take a long bath, use a real bathroom and not a porta-john,  sleep in room without 49 other guys, eat a Big Mac and take back the remote control for my T.V.

Again — my thanks to everyone who has sent us letters, email, lots of cookies and goodies and prayers. These are welcome breaks from the high tempo we have been in for a year. V/R, 1LT D.A.S.”


“Thank you so much for the care package!! It both warmed my heart and made my day. It’s the things like this that the American people do that make it more than worth my while in serving. I am proud to be here, and will gladly stand in harm’s way to protect the freedom that we so richly enjoy. God Bless!! Thanks, B.A.G.” 


“The packages were very impressive for all of us in my shop.  They had lots of different things that each of us loved, some of us favored the shirts because they are great for workouts and wearing when not in uniform.  Several others enjoyed the peanuts and protein bars, while a lot of us enjoyed the sweets. 

All of us however thought the handwritten letters and cards were amazing; hearing young kids’ views about what we do touched every one of us. 

All of my division has received an amazing care package from you all and every single one of us is very grateful that organizations like yours are available and do the things you do. We all do what we do because we love our country and we could not do it without the support from our loved ones and from groups like yours! Sincerely IT3 J.J.”

And J.J., we could not do what we do to support heroes like you without the help of our generous donors and volunteers!

Remember: Every donation of $15 pays our assembly and shipping costs to send another care package. Please make a donation today: Donate Now

THANK YOU to everyone who helps us reach our deployed service members with care packages from home. Your support makes a difference — one care package at a time!

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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2 Responses to We Can Never Out-Thank the Troops

  1. Rebecca says:

    Here is a nice way to say Thanks to the Troops. The Grateful Chics will donate a Patriotic Grateful Bead Strand to a soldier every time one is purchased. This charitable partnership is through Operation Gratitude, a non-profit that send care packages to our Troops. The soldiers will know someone cares, remembers and is grateful for their service with these tokens of Gratitude. Check them out here: http://shop.gratefulchics.com/Patriotic-Star-6-length-STAR09P.htm

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