Beanie Babies for the Troops in 2016?

Key leader engagementYes, it’s true! We STILL put Beanie Babies and other varieties of small, plush toys in ALL the care packages we send to deployed Troops! 

Why? One Service Member told us, “…it may sound silly but the Beanie Baby brings an odd feeling of comfort to a grown man.”

Another wrote, “Every work center in my division has a Beanie donated by Operation Gratitude; they’ve become something like mascots to my Sailors.”

Here is an especially touching email we received:

“I really wanted to thank you, the volunteers and supporters of Operation Gratitude. We have started receiving the goodie boxes. Everyone who received the boxes was so excited today. Everyone has their beanie baby on their desks. One person’s box had a very touching reaction. She got a stuffed squirrel just like the one she gave her dad when she was younger. He had used Velcro to stick it on the dash of his truck. He has since passed away, but her face lit up when she received the squirrel today. You reminded her of all the good times she had with her dad. All the Sailors had grins on their faces today. I cannot tell you how much we appreciate what you do for us. Have a blessed day! Very Respectfully, NCC(AW/SW) B.J.G.”

Many of the service members enjoy the Beanie Babies as a symbol of support from home. As one Master Sergeant wrote:

“I think everyone has had the most fun with the beanie babies. They are decorating and playing with them. The shop kind of looks like a beanie baby zoo. Of course most of us are male so it’s not normal for this which makes it very unusual but fun to watch. Thanks again for the boost to morale from your show of support.”

For some, the toys provide cheery comfort, a reminder of childhood…To others, they’re tokens of friendship to be shared with children in the villages where our troops patrol…and a great number of these toys make it all the way home at the end of deployments to be given as gifts for loved ones.

But the bottom line is: See these smiles? That’s reason enough for us!

Beanie Baby Love Collage
We WELCOME donations of small, stuffed toys (Beanie Babies, Webkinz, etc. — 6″ and smaller). Find some on our Amazon.com “Wish List” or host a collection drive for new or gently used ones at your work place, neighborhood or school.

Please fill out a Donation Form and ship donations to: BeaniePic2

Operation Gratitude
21100 Lassen Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
(262)674-7281

Additional Resources:
Donation and Shipping Information
How to Organize a Collection Drive
Wondering What’ on our “Wish List”?

Is your loved one deployed? Request an Operation Gratitude care package today: http://bit.ly/RequestaCarePackage

Questions? Send an email to Info@OperationGratitude.com

THANK YOU for your support!

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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48 Responses to Beanie Babies for the Troops in 2016?

  1. Wayne Ryan Fike says:

    Made the trip to Chatsworth today. Staff was very receptive. Even got a tour of the facility. I have to say, for me, being out of the Army for 20 years now, it brought tears to my eyes walking around your facility during the tour. To see what your facility does, daily for our Soldiers, Marines, Airmen and Sailors hit me in the feelers. We (My Uncle and I) donated over 1,500 beanie babies to the cause earlier today. We felt that they were going to an AWESOME cause. When are you going to open up a Riverside, CA branch?? Very honored to make this contribution.

    Sincerely,

    Wayne Fike USA SPC E-4
    Bruce Leutzinger USMC Vietnam

    • Mr. Fike and Mr. Leutzinger, thank you both for your service to our country! We are honored by your very generous support of our cause — thank you so much! Thank you, too, for visiting our headquarters. We hope you will come again soon!

      • Wayne Ryan Fike says:

        It was an honor, and quite frankly a pleasure for both of us. Luckily, I never served during wartime conditions, my uncle, however, was not so lucky. Both of us can tell you though, just what a care package means. Whenever your job, or the job of your volunteers and staff start to feel mundane, that what they’re doing either has no meaning, or that they’re just “going through the motions” please know, this is never going to be the case.

        It means getting nothing in the mail from home for weeks, then all of a sudden, your name is called out during mail call. It’s excitement, because you haven’t heard from home in while. You haven’t seen your family for months on end. You haven’t spoken to them for moths as well. It means, when you open that box, it isn’t just filled with things you need, every item in that box is a reminder of home. In a place where you cannot get the everyday things, the little things that you’d like to have, where they aren’t available because you’ve been out in the box (field) for a month or more and someone has taken the time to put together a box of the bare essentials to try and make field time just a little more bearable, it’s a box full of hope. It’s a box full of will power. The will to get through the day, which puts your one day closer to coming home. It’s a reminder to what is waiting for the job well done, the protecting others freedoms back home, and better yet, ensuring freedom around the world and abroad.

        It was once said when I was in the service, “Only a foolish man prays for war, the soldier, above all else, prays that they day he is needed never comes.”

        A huge thank you again to you, your staff and your dedicated volunteers. Your job often may go without thanks or reward. You may not get to see the faces when the boxes get opened. You may only get to hear or see occasionally what each and every box means to someone overseas serving the cause of freedom and protecting our way of life, but trust me when I say, every box that gets opened has a far deeper meaning to every soldier or Marine, thousands of miles from the nearest thing/person they know. What you do keeps hope alive, spirits high and reminds everyone who laces up a pair of combat boots that they have a home to fight for, and to go home to.

      • ❤! We couldn't continue the work we do without the support of people like you and your uncle. Again — THANK YOU!

  2. Darlene Baker says:

    just found this information , I have several boxes of beanie babies and would love for them to go to a good cause .. are you still accepting them?

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  4. BKL says:

    Hey, are care packages sent as is or do you reorganize? Is there any way to send specifically overseas? Also, do you have a list for ideas of what to send? Thanks!🙂

  5. Paula says:

    Just wanted to be sure that you are still collecting beanie babies and other stuffed animals.

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  7. Wayne says:

    Still Collecting Beanie Babies?

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  11. KSmi says:

    Is the collection for small stuffed animals still going on? Thanks!

  12. Kristen says:

    Hi, I just stumbled upon this site. Are you still collecting Beanies?

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  14. joyce m trevizo says:

    I have hundreds of ty’s – boyd’s bears – various baseball bears- m&m stuffed toys willing to part with them but lost my job today can’t ship them Any one want to help in taking them to Van Nuys Ca i live in Las Cruces ,NM

    • Barbara L says:

      I live near Van Nuys and go to Las Cruces several times a year. I wish I had seen this sooner as I was there in July and September. I probably won’t be going back until spring or early summer. I’m sitting on maybe 100 Beanie Babies and I’ve been thinking about donating them to Operation Christmas Child, but taking them to Van Nuys is a lot easier than making 100 shoebox gifts and paying to ship them.

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  16. Cameo says:

    I shared this on IG, FB, and on our local town’s Facebook group and I’m already receiving a huge response! I’ll send them soon!

  17. Danielle Holstein says:

    Are you still sending care packages to the troops? Do you still need donations of beanie babies?

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  21. Doris Webster says:

    I’m happy to have come across your website and I’m excited to begin the process of my beanie babies gathering! Thank you!

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  25. Bonnie Wrixton says:

    Does anyone know of connections in the Racine-Milwaukee, WI area to help with the cost of shipping 100’s and 100’s of Beanie Babies (Ty, Coke, Disney etc.) to Operation Gratitude in Calif?

  26. Reblogged this on The Do-Gooder Mama and commented:
    Those of you with children undoubtedly have large collection of stuffed animals in your house. This is an excellent opportunity to talk to your children about helping others by donating some of their small stuffed animals to deployed troops. Josie recently went through her collection and we have a box of animals waiting to be sent. Seize the moment and put those unused stuffed animals to good work!

  27. Reblogged this on The Do-Gooder Mama and commented:
    Those of you with children undoubtedly have large collection of stuffed animals in your house. This is an excellent opportunity to talk to your children about helping others by donating some of their small stuffed animals to deployed troops. Josie recently went through her collection and we have a box of animals waiting to be sent. Seize the moment and put those unused stuffed animals to good work!

    • trixiec67 says:

      I mailed my donation of my collection of Beanie Babies and other stuffed toys off. I figured I didn’t need them sitting around in the closet. It was time for them to serve a greater purpose. All 70 of them are off to serve our enlisted.😀 I’ve never felt better heading off to the post office in my life!!!

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