Take time to say, “Thank you for serving!”

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Without a doubt, the most popular items in the care packages we send are the letters of thanks written by grateful Americans of all ages. Some messages are a single sentence long, some go on for a full page or more and others are little more than a sweet drawing and a heartfelt “Thank you.”

But each letter is cherished and greatly appreciated by the recipient!

There is no such thing as a “typical” letter — that’s what makes each one so very special.

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Kids send cheerful drawings like this one, left, and the troops decorate their living and work spaces with precious reminders that they are not forgotten by all of us back home.

“Receiving support from home is always welcomed here and my favorite part of care packages are the letters and drawings from the kids. Those make my day! Thanks again! AM2 A.R.H.”

The troops love to write back when time allows:

“I’m always excited to receive a package! I’ve gotten great pleasure in reading the personal hand written letters and drawings from kids and adults alike, and I’ve got a few with addresses that I will be replying to today. SrA D.S.”

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We have an on-going need for cards, letters and drawings for the thousands of care packages we send each year…not only to deployed troops, but to Veterans, New Recruits and First Responders as well.

Want to write some letters? Thank you! Please sign-up to receive more details and instructions, as well as helpful flyers to use as a reference:

Operation Gratitude Letter Writing Program

Los Angeles-area Volunteers: Every single letter and card needs to be properly screened before it can be placed in a care package. This is a massive undertaking, and we want to train more Letter Screening Team volunteers. One requirement after training is that you need to be able to pick up/drop off letters at our Chatsworth location. Are you interested in additional information? Let us know by sending an email to info@operationgratitude.com (include the words “Letter Screening Team Information” in the subject line) and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

More 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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25 Responses to Take time to say, “Thank you for serving!”

  1. Sarah Chambers says:

    Hello! I’m an Elementary ESL teacher, and my 1st and 2nd graders wanted to write letters to the soldiers! They’re heavily scripted in some parts (My kids are still young and also trying to grasp another language), but they spent a whole week writing and drawing for them! Is there an address I can send the letters to in order to get to deployed soldiers?

  2. kathy says:

    my church will be doing a community service project on October 29th. I am seeing this may be to late for Christmas cards. is there another project that we can focus on.

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  17. thank you ALL for sharing this – I am the wife of a deployed sailor and I cannot even begin to tell you how much it means to them to get a letter, a card, a drawing, a treat etc – so thank you all for supporting Operation Gratitude in this effort!

    • Thank you, Melissa, for your kind words! We are grateful for your husband’s service…and for your service as well in supporting him throughout his military career, and most especially during his deployment.

  18. Jack Benton says:

    Reblogged this on EHS Safety News America and commented:
    Send a letter to send them inspiration and letting them know that we care!😃

  19. themondaybox says:

    I am passing this info to my daughter (a teacher) and my other teacher friends! 🙂 Thank you for the opportunity to show our thanks! 🙂

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