4 Summer Activities to Support Our Nation’s Heroes

Summer Activities Operation Gratitude

The warm weather of summer signals time for fun, family and Fourth of July festivities. With kids on a break from school, and vacation and wedding season in full swing, this is a great time to get the whole family involved in activities that say “Thank You” to our Military, Veterans and First Responders.

1) Postcards of Gratitude
Going on vacation? Pick up a few postcards from your favorite destinations to write a short note of thanks to our nation’s heroes.

Bundle them up (a regular or manila envelope will do) and send them to us when you get back! We’ll be sure to put them into care packages on your behalf.

We accept drawings, letters, notes, and postcards at our new address:
Operation Gratitude
21100 Lassen Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311

2) Block Party With a Purpose
Does your neighborhood host block parties throughout the summer or for the 4th of July celebration?

It’s easy to turn your festivities into a way to say “Thank You” to our nation’s heroes by incorporating a simple Collection Drive into the fun. We even have a printable flyer ready to pass around to friends and family! Then, just designate a drop-off location at your event for people to place their items.

When you’re ready to send the items to us, fill out a donor form and mail them to:
Operation Gratitude
21100 Lassen Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311

Additional donation and shipping information is available, if needed.

Or, you can drop off items at The FOB if you live in the Los Angeles area.

3) Lemonade Stand: Sweet Support for Our Heroes
Grab the kids and their friends for a good ole’ fashioned lemonade stand to help neighbors quench their thirst and beat the heat. Just place a mason jar or decorated container out to collect donations and extra change on behalf of Operation Gratitude’s “Cents for Service” drive. Loose change adds up quickly and helps cover the cost of sending the care packages!

With the help of an adult, kids can cash in the change at their local bank and have a parent mail a check made payable to OPERATION GRATITUDE or you can make the donation online.

Mail financial donations to:
Operation Gratitude
P.O. Box 260257
Encino, CA 91426-0257

4) An Alternative to Anniversary Presents, Wedding Favors & Wedding Gifts
The traditional “wedding season” may be in full swing, but your anniversary gifts, wedding favors and wedding gift ideas can be anything but traditional.

Can’t decide on the perfect gift?

Sponsor an Operation Gratitude care package (or several) “In Honor Of” the happy couple or each member of your wedding party. Their names will be included in the care packages, and they’ll receive a letter notifying them of your gift.

Donations can be made online or sent by mail to:
Operation Gratitude
PO Box 260257
Encino, CA 91426-0257

If you live in Southern California, your entire bridal party is always welcome to join us at an Assembly Day before your Big Day!

Or, you could host a Collection Drive at your bridal shower – regardless of where you’re celebrating.

We would love to hear about your summer support efforts! Feel free to email your stories or questions to Info@OperationGratitude.com

Remember to take pictures…we’d love to see your hard work in action and share it with care package recipients! You can tag us on social media — @OpGratitude for Twitter and Instagram, @OperationGratitude on Facebook, or use the hashtag #OperationGratitude.

Thank you!

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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