Introducing Our Brand-New Battalion Buddies!


Important: For Battalion Buddy Requests — Please have your rear detachment or family readiness coordinator contact us at (or if you are familiar with the family readiness coordinator, please forward them our information) so we can arrange to send Battalion Buddies to all the children of your unit. We wish we had the resources to be able to ship to individuals but it is not within our mandate and we apologize that we cannot fulfill requests on an individual basis.

(2/2014): Our Battalion Buddy Program has been wildly popular! We sent out more than 150,000 Battalion Buddies in less than three years, providing hugs and cuddles to many children anxiously awaiting the return of their deployed parents.  We are currently looking for Sponsors to continue the program.  Please contact to learn about Sponsorship opportunities.

We are very excited to introduce our brand-new, made-especially-for-Operation Gratitude Battalion Buddies! We work with Family Readiness Officers and battalion leaders to send these cuddly bears in care packages to our youngest Warriors — the children of deployed Military.

To learn more about the Battalion Buddy Program, please go to:

Thank you to our wonderful vendor, Glory Be ( for supplying us with these adorable stuffed toys!

Each Battalion Buddy Care Package costs Operation Gratitude $15 to assemble and send to a Military child. Financial donations to support the Battalion Buddy Program can be made online here: Donate to Battalion Buddies or by check made payable and addressed to:

Operation Gratitude
P.O. Box 260257
Encino, CA 91426-0257

Corporate Donors should contact us at regarding sponsorship opportunities.

One-hundred percent of the proceeds generated from downloads of the song, “Carry My Hooray for Batt BudsLove,” will be donated to support the Battalion Buddy Program. Learn more here.

Want to make someone’s day? Sponsor a Battalion Buddy Package and get a little something for yourself, too! Learn more here: How to Sponsor Operation Gratitude Care Packages

Family Readiness Officers and battalion leaders wishing to **request Battalion Buddy packages should send an email to for more information.

**Please Note: We greatly appreciate the service and sacrifice of all military families, but the specific intent of Battalion Buddy packages is to provide comfort to those children who will not see their parent for a long time and need something to hold on to. Please understand that  due to very limited resources, we must restrict this program to the children of OVERSEAS deployed/deploying Military only.

About Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude annually sends 150,000+ care packages filled with snacks, entertainment, hygiene and hand-made items, plus personal letters of appreciation to Veterans, New Recruits, First Responders, Wounded Warriors, Care Givers and to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed overseas. Our mission is to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of our Active Duty and Veteran communities, and provide volunteer opportunities for all Americans to say "Thank You" to members of our Military. Each package contains donated product valued at $75-100 and costs the organization $15 to assemble and ship. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude volunteers have shipped more than One Million Care Packages.
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13 Responses to Introducing Our Brand-New Battalion Buddies!

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  4. kam says:

    Do you ever send to individual children? My husband is reserves but was picked up by another unit in a different city. I have had 0 contact thus far and have two small children at home that would love these bears.

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  9. whiteladyinthehood says:

    Mailing you a check today!:)

  10. Lynette says:

    Reblogged this on Momisms – Moments in Motherhood and commented:
    We are HUGE fans of teddy bears in our home. My husband has a collection of many bears he has acquired throughout his childhood and when the twins were born, they came home from the hospital to all kinds of matching furry friends. Each child chooses the “it” toy, the one key toy or blanket that will travel with them everywhere. I had my rag doll, made by my grandmother, Jenny, who went everywhere – college, Europe, and still sits in my room. My husband has Ba-Bear, and my boys have Baby Bear, Koala and Pooh. Baby Bear and Koala joined the family while my husband was on an 18month deployment. We had daddy record his voice in a voicebox, so when the boys gave the bears a hug, the bear said “Daddy loves you”. I think this is one of the reasons these two bears have become the “it” toy.
    Donating $15 can give another child something huggable while their parent is away, for months at a time, on deployment. I can’t think of ANYTHING better!

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