9 Ways You Can Make a Hero Smile from Wherever You Are


Operation Gratitude may be headquartered in the Los Angeles area, but you can help us make a difference regardless of where you live. Read below for ways you can put smiles on the faces of our troops and veterans from wherever you are!

1. Send Us Your Beanie Babies We put Beanie Babies and other small plush toys in the care packages we send to deployed troops. Read why we do this!

2. Organize a Collection Drive Our volunteers nationwide have generously devoted their time to running successful collection drives for Operation Gratitude using our wish list as a guide. Why not organize one in your community?

3. Recfirst deployment packageycle Your Used Cell or Smart Phone We’ve partnered with GRC Wireless, a company that will recycle your used cell or smart phone, or electronic device, in a way that is both environmentally responsible and beneficial to Operation Gratitude!

4. Get Crafty Our troops are touched by the handmade items — like crocheted scarves and paracord survival bracelets — created by our thoughtful supporters and included in our care packages.  Use your pattern or learn ours.

5. Write a Letter Personal letters of appreciation are forever cherished by our military and veterans — especially those who are far from home. Say “Thank You” in your own words.

6. Get Your Company Involved There are many ways your business can make a huge impact by engaging employees, donating products and partnering with us.  Tell us what interests you.

sailor package7. Donate a Vehicle Designate Operation Gratitude as your military charity of choice and ensure that your old car goes toward a great cause. Plus — you get a tax benefit!

8. Shop AmazonSmile Designate Operation Gratitude as your charity of choice and we will receive 0.5% of the price of your purchase. Be sure to check out our Amazon wish list!

9. Make a Donation Each care package we send costs $15 to assemble and ship. Help us in our March to a Second Million by covering the cost of shipping one or more care packages. You can donate in memory of a loved one, or include a personalized message to the troops.

Don’t forget to visit our website and all our social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest) for more special events and promotions!

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

Questions, comments or ideas? We want to hear them! Email us at info@operationgratitude.com.

THANK YOU! Your continued dedication helps us to touch the lives of those who protect our own. 

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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17 Responses to 9 Ways You Can Make a Hero Smile from Wherever You Are

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  2. Rhonda Kunkel says:

    Can I just send care packages. On my own ? Is there a specific address ? Or specific things ?

  3. Diana Spaulding says:

    I am interested in volunteering along with several 8th graders. I tried to sign up but it seems the site is broken. Can you please let me know how to go about signing up?

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  5. James Tamaka says:

    when are you going to up date to the new address to do the November assembly date or is going to be in December?

  6. Michele says:

    If any volunteer opportunities come up in the Los Angeles area please let me know. Thank you, Michele

  7. Lori Yadach says:

    Do you have any volunteer dates on a saturday in November or December?

    • We are getting ready for our move to the Van Nuys Airport, so we don’t have any weekend dates scheduled through the rest of 2015. During the week our volunteer hours are 9am to 2pm. Thank you for your support!

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  9. Jack Benton says:

    Reblogged this on EHS Safety News America and commented:
    Always Happy to Assist Our Troops and My Great Friends at Operation Gratitude!🇺🇸

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