2018: What Does Operation Gratitude Do?

970502_10151597937327350_1660719987_nOperation Gratitude started out in March 2003 by sending care packages to U.S. Service Members in combat zones. Over the years, we have implemented several additional Care Package Programs in response to developing needs within the Military Community. On December 7, 2013, we celebrated our ONE MILLIONTH Care Package… and before 2017 is over, we will celebrate sending our TWO MILLIONTH Care Package!

Do you know ALL that we do?

Here is a list of all our on-going Care Package Programs:

Deployed Troop Care Package ProgramSince 2003, we have assembled and shipped over 1 Million packages individually addressed to Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines deployed overseas in harm’s way. BatBudBearsPhoto

Battalion Buddy Program: We work with Family Readiness Officers and battalion leaders to send cuddly stuffed animal “Battalion Buddy” packages to the children of deploying service members. 

Wounded Heroes Program: Our Wounded Hero Care Packages provide comfort items to troops recovering in Military Hospitals and Wounded Warrior Transition Units.

Veterans Care Packages: We coordinate with VA Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Veterans’ Groups & Homeless Veteran Support Organizations to provide care packages for Veterans IMG_0703to let them know they are never forgotten and because, “It is never too late to say, ‘Thank You.’” 

First Responder Care Kits: Essential supplies are assembled into easily transportable kits, and provided to emergency response teams who serve our nation on the frontlines here at home: Law enforcement, firefighters and emergency medical technicians.

New Recruit Care Packages: This program thanks the newest members of the Military for stepping forward to devote the next several years of their lives in service to our nation. In addition to an assortment of hygiene, entertainment and hand-made items, each Care Package includes a “Loved One Medallion,” a specially designed Operation Gratitude keepsake for the New Recruit to share with a special family member or friend.

Disaster Relief Supplies: Basic necessities, including food, toiletries, household OK Donations Collageproducts, blankets and clothing are collected and distributed nationwide to Military families and Veterans facing financial hardships and homelessness due to catastrophe, unemployment, PTSD, illness or injury. 

Care Packages for Care Givers: In recognition of their sacrifice and devotion, Operation Gratitude sends special greetings and appreciation to spouses, parents and siblings who are caring for their wounded heroes.

How are our volunteers and donors involved? Whether they live near enough to our headquarters to join us in person or if they live on the opposite side of the country, our supporters know from personal experience that Doing Good is Good for You and that serving others as a way of life is beneficial for both the young and old!

Our supporters help us in a wide variety of ways:

1. They work with us at our headquarters in Chatsworth, CA: Volunteer Information & Schedule

2. They make and donate (click on each link for more information):
Scarves for Troops
Paracord “Survival” Bracelets

3. They collect and recycle:
Cell Phones
Worn-out U.S. Flags — for our Stars of Gratitude” program

Priceless Smiles4. They organize collection drives of our “Wish List” items…They write letters…They donate their used vehicles…They donate financially…and they help spread the word about what we do by sharing information about our work via Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Blogs!

We could not do all that we do without the generosity and hard work of so many people across the United States.

As always, THANK YOU for your generous support!  But…

Our work is never done! Tens of thousands of American troops are always deployed overseas, far from home and loved ones.  More than 23 million Veterans in this country have never heard the words: “Thank you for your service.” And many Veterans are homeless, ill or otherwise in difficult circumstances.

Each of them still deserves our respect and appreciation.  Each of them deserves to receive one of our “Thank You Care Packages.”

At the same time, millions of Americans want to say “Thank You” in an active and meaningful way.

Operation Gratitude continues its dual mission both to express gratitude to our Military and First Responder communities, and to provide every American that opportunity to say “Thank You.”

Do you have questions? Please visit our website and/or contact us via email: Info@OperationGratitude.com. We will get back to you ASAP!

Join us today!


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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32 Responses to 2018: What Does Operation Gratitude Do?

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  2. Ida says:

    I am wanting to organize my friends and their families to send Christmas cards to our troops and vets. Does your organization still do this and if so, what is the deadline and address to send them to. Thank you in advance and thank you for all that you do for our heros.

  3. Colleen Daley says:

    Hi, I was wondering if you collect/donate gently read paperback books to send overseas in the care packages or just as a bulk mailing to the troops to share in their game/library rooms Let me know as I would like to start a book drive at my office Thanks

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  7. S. Mann says:

    I have my parents permission to be on this sight.

    I am a Life Scout in Florida. I’m planning my Eagle Scout project where I will collect supplies for care package donations. My goal is to put together 20 packages to send to soldiers overseas. How do I send the packages to them? Could you send me an address or addresses and I’ll mail it from the post office? I would appreciate any help you can give me.

    -S. Mann

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  9. Patricia Campbell says:

    Do you know of any volunteer situations or events in the Seattle, Wa area and contact information. Thank you,.

  10. Debbie Bishop says:

    My Sunday School class wants to send Christmas cards. whats the deadline on getting them to you in time for the Christmas Care packages?

  11. paola olivares says:

    I want to volunteer every time you guys need help with anything and our high-school wants to do food drives and stuff like that, where can i sign up?

  12. Peggy Barnard says:

    Our high school wants to do a Christmas Card drive. Where can we send the cards so they get to our soldiers? Any information you can provide will be of great help!

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  16. patricia hanks says:

    I would love to have a pen pal could anyone help with this pls? How do I get one? I have supported the military men n woman since Dear abby operation freedom but now its so hard to find out anything on the military list asfar as pen pals. Thanks patricia.

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  23. Jack Benton says:

    Reblogged this on EHS Safety News America and commented:
    Please Support our Great Friends at Operation Gratitude! 😎

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