2016 Scarves for Troops Program

Our Scarves for Troops Program is more popular than ever thanks to the dedicated and generous support from talented people like YOU all across the country! These made-with-love gifts are treasured by all who receive them! ScarvesforTroopsCollage If you have knitting or crocheting skills, we invite you to join us — starting now — so we can include one of these precious gifts in each of the winter-time care packages we send! Want to get started? Here are a few Frequently Asked Questions…and Answers!

  • Is there a pattern for the scarves and hats? There is no specific pattern to follow so feel free to use your own — or you can find some here: PATTERNSWe do recommend that you keep them simple and perhaps use slightly larger needles so more can be made! Please keep your scarves within our size restrictions (no larger than 4″ wide, 36″ long) so they fit into our care packages. No fringe. You may notice that the size guidelines are a bit smaller than in the past. Do NOT be concerned if yours are a little wider or longer. It is still absolutely fine. Our scarves that are a bit too large for our regular boxes are enjoyed and appreciated by our Wounded Heroes or our Veterans.
  • What yarns and colors should we use? Any soft yarn is fine and any color will be accepted, but if possible please keep the colors on the subtle side–blues, browns, olives, 005grays, maroon, and black are all good choices, as well as appropriate for male and female troops! Stripes using these colors or multi-colored yarn is acceptable. It is best to steer away from red, white and blue as a color combination. Military personnel cannot wear a depiction of the flag. Scarves can be red and white or blue and red or blue and white, but it’s best not to use the three colors together.

Please note: The scarves and hats we send are gifts from home. This message is from Carolyn Blashek, Founder of Operation Gratitude:

“The importance of the scarves in our packages is to send the very warm and loving message that people at home care enough to take the time and effort to make something as beautiful as a scarf. Our scarves, hats, etc. are not ‘regulation,’ so they can only be worn by the troops during their moments of rest and when they go home. Nevertheless, the message they send is enduring. Due to potential allergies and/or Military uniform restrictions, please list the fiber content on your ‘Made With Love’ note that you attach to the scarf.”

  • Should I attach a letter or note? We make sure that all hand-made items HandmadewithLoveinclude a short note and an e-mail address. If you could do so for each of your hats and scarves (include the fiber content information, too) it would be most helpful! Notes make the gift even more special when the item is personalized. The note can be as simple as “Handmade with love” OR a letter telling about yourself, including your email address or your home address. (If you are uncomfortable using your personal address, feel free to use ours — info@operationgratitude.com — but please also include your full name so we can be sure to forward replies on to you!)
  • Will I get a letter of acknowledgment from Operation Gratitude? Yes, we will keep track of all the scarves and hats you send or deliver to the armory, then send you a thank you letter within 12 weeks. If you want confirmation of delivery of your shipment(s), please use the tracking system provided by your shipper.
  • Where should I send my donations? Please send them to the address below, and please remember to include your name and full address, along with a completed Donation Form in each box you send:Operation Gratitude
    21100 Lassen Street
    Chatsworth, CA 91311

    Find helpful shipping tips, cost-saving ideas and important information here:  Donation & Shipping InfoIf you want confirmation of delivery on your shipments of item donations prior to receipt of our acknowledgment letter (allow up to 12 weeks), please use the tracking system provided by your shipper. 
  • When do you accept donations of hand-made items? We can accept them year-round. Here is a flyer you can print and share with others: Made With Love

More questions? Please send us an email: Info@OperationGratitude.com – we’ll reply asap! Here are a few more tips to keep in mind… Tied-on Note

1. The best way to attach your personal notes to your scarves is with a piece of yarn through a hole in the note and then tied to the scarf (shown, left). Include your contact information — an email or “snail mail” address — so the recipient can send you a “thank you” if they have time!

2. Many of you are thoughtful to place each scarf in an individual plastic zip-lock bag. That is not necessary. Instead, when mailing to the Armory, please place scarves all together in one large plastic zip-lock or draw-string bag so the scarves remain clean and dry during transit to us and while waiting to be shipped to the troops. 

3. For more information about the Hand-Made Items program, patterns for Scarves, Hats, Paracord “Survival” Bracelets and Bandana Cool-Ties to knit, crochet and sew, check out: Handmade With Love — More Ways to Show You Care and Scarf, Hat, & Cool-Tie Project Details. Share this downloadable flyer with crafty friends and family members to encourage them to join you!

4. Be sure to visit our Pinterest board for more inspiration and ideas. Our hope is that you will be inspired to keep your hands and needles busy making these gifts all year round! Our goal is to send 50,000 every year!! We definitely need your help.

Thank you again for all your generous support! “Busy Hands, Happy Heart!”

MORE QUESTIONS? Send them to Kelly: Info@OperationGratitude.com  

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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62 Responses to 2016 Scarves for Troops Program

  1. So excited to see this program. I work for a non profit in southwest Va. so I am always looking for good programs. I am in the process of trying to get several programs going at the moment, but I cant wait to get myself and my friends started on this one.

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  3. Lindsay Fulton says:

    This organization is awesome! I had a great time making scarves and it is so cool to know that they are going to somebody who is protecting me. You guys rock!!!

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  8. Suzanna Padilla says:

    Hi my name is Suzanna Padilla. I have a lot of scarves made-up, that I use to sell, but I would really like to give them. I only have females made is that ok?. Let me know and I will gladly put them in the mail. Thank you Suzanna Padilla

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  10. Crystal says:

    I got a group of about 10 people we have been making the scarfs. And I would like to know if I can drop them off at the office?

  11. Gail Baskett says:

    Sharing this with friends that knit and crochet! Never knew about this! (I’m a Navy mom. My son is a career Corpsman. I’m always sending care packages to his friends that are deployed and I personally cannot thank you enough!! I know how important these packages are!!!)

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  13. Jeannette says:

    My Brother bought me about 15 skeins of yarn and I am making some scarves with some of it. I’m wondering if it would be OK to make some lapghans for our Wounded Warriors? Please let me know if this is OK. Thank you for giving me something to do for our Country. God Bless You and keep up the great work!

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  15. Ann Heckenlaible says:

    I am so honored and thankful to be knitting for our troops! I’m working on a scarf right now:) What a wonderful program, God bless you and God bless our troops! Sincerely Ann

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  17. Marion says:

    I bought yesterday wool. This was something new for me, to find subtle colours and a little bit thicker one. But I got it. Normally I use more vivid colours, socks and blankets/blankies.
    At home I have little metal lables in heart shape “Made with love”. Is it ok to put them on the scarves ?
    I’ll start tomorrow or Saturday.

  18. Jeanette Brindley says:

    Hi i’m in the UK and would love to get involved in something like this. Do you know of something similar in the UK, i’m just thinking about the cost of sending items to you.

  19. texagander12 says:

    I see one picture that appears to have a cowl instead of a regular scarf. Is a cowl acceptable as well?

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  24. Michol Mae says:

    Hello, I think this is great, I would love to do something special, I don’t know how to knit…yet… but I am a musician, could I send a CD single in with my friends scarves?

  25. Erica says:

    I have some beanie babies would like to donate and saw the great website about other items to donate or make…

    My only concern now with donating beanies some have red,whit,blue pattern that look like flags
    thought this would be great Idea only not sure if Ok ?
    Please advise if I should remove these beanie babies
    Thank you ,Erica

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  33. Reblogged this on The Texas Phoenix Blog and commented:
    This is a great program! If you can knit or crochet, please consider participating.

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  35. Kathy stevens says
    I have knitted over 30 scarves 4 ur troups in iqra back in the year of 2011
    and I always wanted 2do something like this again
    and I would like 2 do it again but this time I would like 2 knit something in our troup colors if I can

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  37. ly says:

    Reblogged this on realism redefined and commented:
    Sharing this with you today. Sharing hats and scarves soon.

  38. Laura Young says:

    Thanks for this post. I knitted hats for the troops one winter. Nothing more rewarding. Getting started on scarves today!!!

  39. Victoria says:

    I’m loving this project! We are 25 women strong (and growing) crocheting away to donate to the troops this year!

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  41. emjayandthem says:

    My Father-in-law, a widower, was looking for something to do. He learned to crochet as a boy, when sick with whooping cough. I told him about your scarf program and he’s been shipping scarves to you folks for about 2 years now. He also makes lap blankets for our Veteran’s Home. A touch of home – no matter where in the world you are – feels like love, doesn’t it? :)


  42. williamdbailey says:

    Reblogged this on The Founder's Blog and commented:
    If you knit or crochet, or know someone who does, here is an opportunity to send a heartfelt “Thank You” to a serviceman of woman.

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