Tom Connolly’s Walk Across America

Tom Connolly Walks AmericaYou may have been following Tom Connolly, a devoted friend to Operation Gratitude who has been walking (yes, walking) across the country to raise money and awareness for our troops. For the past several years, he organized a wonderful comedy night fundraiser for us in Los Angeles, CA, but in 2015, Tom wanted to step up his game in a big way.

A really big way, actually…

That’s how Tom ConnollyTC Walks America was born!

Tom began his journey on April 25th at the Armory in Van Nuys where he officially kicked off his amazing adventure with a celebratory ribbon cutting ceremony in front of hundreds of Operation Gratitude volunteers.

He loaded up his gear and we sent him on his way…

Since that Saturday afternoon, Tom has trekked more than 2,000 miles in rain, sun, snow, sleet, and even a tornado scare! Nothing has stopped him and we are amazed by his incredible perseverance, spirit, and dedication to this cause.

GOgroove Supports Operation GratitudeWith a little over 1,000 miles to go, Tom will pass through Chicago this coming weekend. We hope all of you will cheer him on via messages on his Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram pages! Let’s show him some love!

One more thing: Tom has raised just over $16,000 toward his fundraising goal of $30,000! He asks for a penny a mile ($30) to help support his campaign which also translates to sending two care packages to our troops. You can help him reach his goal by clicking here.

Every penny helps Tom get one step closer to his goal (literally)! 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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5 Responses to Tom Connolly’s Walk Across America

  1. Judy Grabowicz says:

    On the 4th of July when we were spending time celebrating our national holiday with friends and family, members of our Armed Forces were away from their families while they protected us. My brother Tom is deeply committed to bringing attention to their sacrifice. We need to ask ourselves when was the last time that we did anything directly to show our appreciation for the freedom we enjoy. Please consider showing your appreciation by contributing to Tom’s Walk Across America!

  2. Jack Benton says:

    Reblogged this on EHS Safety News America and commented:
    Please Donate if you can to this cause for my good friends at Operation Gratitude! Go Tom!!!

  3. OH Blog says:

    What a great story! Good luck to Tom as he continues his journey!

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