Help Make More Smiles — No Matter Where You Live

Every week, we hear from enthusiastic people all across the country who, like you, want to join us to support the Military Community and Operation Gratitude’s patriotic cause. But, because they live far from our Los Angeles-area location, they think they can’t. Not true!

There are many, many ways YOU can volunteer right from your own home and community! Keep reading and see what will work for you!

JB2Need some ideas to get started?
Ten Easy Ways to Support the Troops
The March to a Million: A Remarkable Journey

Collection Drive Info:
Beanie Babies for the Troops?

How to Organize a Collection Drive
Wondering What’s on Our “Wish List”?
Recycle Cell Phones

Letter Writing & Hand-Made Item Info:
“Handmade With Love” —  Show You Care!
Take Time to say “Thank You for Serving!”
WANTED:  Paracord “Survival” Bracelets

Corporate and Business Support:
Care Kit Assembly at Your Site
Employee Volunteerism

Let’s Get Physical!
Yuengling Light Lager Jogger 5K

Creative Giving:

NEW–Represent Operation Gratitude in your community: Send an email to for more information and details about Operation Gratitude’s Ambassador Program.

GM2 SCAnd don’t forget: Our website is updated frequently — check our Special Events page often to stay up-to-date!

IMPORTANT: Need to ship donations to us? Please visit our Donation & Shipping Info page and don’t forget to fill out this online Donor Form:

Operation Gratitude
21100 Lassen Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311-4278
Phone: (262)674-7281

Please use the tracking system provided by your shipper if you want confirmation of delivery on your shipments of donations prior to receipt of our acknowledgment letter (allow up to 12 weeks).Veterans Care Packages

Find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest, watch our inspirational YouTube channel videos, join our Email List, make an online financial donation and — most importantly — please tell your family and friends about us and encourage their support too!

Have your own ideas? Contact us at and let’s brainstorm!

We cannot continue our efforts without YOUR help! Thank you!

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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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22 Responses to Help Make More Smiles — No Matter Where You Live

  1. marina oganesyan says:

    Hi I would like a schedule for volunteers to help make care package for the troops. I’m interested in Saturday schedule.

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  3. umerika says:

    Thank you all for Your Service. You girls are the modern Machine Shop Betty ‘s;(The poster from WW1,not sure if her name is Betty). I don’t have anything to give but acknowledement of your time and dedication to our service men and women- helping them to remembering why they joined. . So I will be doing my part and I hope that you all know that your sacrifice and love is an inspiration and very much appreciated.

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  11. themondaybox says:

    Great post! It is so helpful having all of these links in one place! I support Cup of Joe and Snowball Express but am always interested in learning about new ways to help! (I always print off your “get involved” posts to send in to the middle school where my daughter works!)

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  13. NytFury says:

    Reblogged this on Fury-ous and commented:
    My kids have been wanting to send care packages to our deployed military. I’ve let them know about Operation Gratitude and they are stocking up on goodies. My oldest saved her iTunes card she received for Christmas to give a soldier. And I think they want to send homemade fudge 🙂 Hopefully more people, especially children, will remember our deployed military, We need to fuel the fire of patriotism and support!
    Soldier on!

    • Thank you so very much for your support! Please pass along our thanks to your kids for us, too. We are very grateful….the only thing we cannot send is any homemade food, unfortunately….So maybe you could deliver the fudge to your local fire or police station for those heroes to enjoy? Thank you again!

  14. spinnermom says:

    So I just make hand knit items (scarves and hats), and fill out the Donor Form, and send them to the CA address? I would love to help!!! Thanks Missy for posting this to your blog! I was making rectangles for Handmade Afghan Project for the last six or so years, and now that they are done I’ve been looking for a new way to support our troops!

  15. Missy's Crafty Mess says:

    Reblogged this on Missy's Crafty Mess and commented:
    I have donated to Scarves for Troops/Operation Gratitude for the last 2 years. I currently have a scarf in progress to donate this year. I have set a personal goal of at least 12 handmade items to donate.

    Please check them out as there are many different ways to donate and what better cause than the ones who protect and serve our great country.

  16. florencegramly says:

    Thanks for the good words.  It also helps the knitters and crocheters to get your good encouraging words.  (like a boss you really like giving you a compliment  when you weren’t expecting it…) Thank you, fl

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