Operation Gratitude: Disaster Relief Update

We are now trying to make contact with our Military in Puerto Rico to provide supplies to that region, so devastated by Hurricane Maria.  We continue to send provisions to Texas and Florida.

Thank you again to all who have supported this effort!


Like you, watching the heart-wrenching scenes from Texas and Louisiana, all of us at Operation Gratitude felt compelled to help. With your generosity, we have been able to provide significant support and supplies to the citizens of the devastated communities.

We have received tons (literally) of donations. We have sent out 5 different shipments totaling 61,164 pounds on 78 pallets to our trusted Military and First Responder contacts on the ground for distribution where needed. More pallets of donations are being readied to ship next week.

Here are pictures of our warehouse and the extraordinary outpouring of volunteer activity this week.

But we are not done!

Now we are tracking Hurricane Irma, projected to make landfall in Florida this Sunday, and another hurricane, Jose, that may potentially hit parts of the U.S. later next week. We have already connected with our Military contacts in those areas and are prepared to help.

We will continue to ship out your donated items (see below for current needs) over the next few weeks to all the areas impacted by the hurricanes. In addition, we will prepare our First Responder Thank You kits to send to the heroes of Texas, Louisiana, Florida and any other U.S. disaster zones.

We urge local volunteers (age 12 and older) to join us at The FOB every weekday from 9am to 4pm, especially this Monday, September 11, our National Day of Remembrance: 21100 Lassen Street Chatsworth, CA 91311. Please dress comfortably (it gets hot in the warehouse) and wear closed-toe shoes (for your safety).

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at info@operationgratitude.com.

Thank you again for your extraordinary kindness that enables us both to lend a hand to our fellow Americans, and to continue our mission to Say Thank You to All Who Serve. I am forever grateful.


Carolyn Blashek, Founder

P.s. Here is the list of current needs:

– Toiletries
– Snack Bars
– Towels
– Wipes
– Jerky

P.p.s. Financial donations can be made here.


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 Operation Gratitude: Disaster Relief Update

  1. Rey says:

    Do you only accept items to package yourself or so you accept care packages that are already bundled?

  2. Carmen Layne-Powers says:

    My passion supporting our military and those who work tirelessly to support them. Our hotel Country Inn & Suites has been getting many folks from the Florida Keys as the devastation is so sad to see. St. John Neumann Spiritual Pharmacy in Miami just supported a shipment but now we need to see about Key West. The Navy is working hard to bring in supplies from the Ocean side. The Key West Crash Crew is at work and my son is part of that. Thank you for your continual support. God Bless all.

    • Carmen, we’d love to know more about the Key West Crash Crew. Do you know if any of the local First Responders/Military units could use our supplies–and if so, would you please send their contact info we can coordinate a delivery to them directly? Thank you! Send an email to Ann@OperationGratitude.com and I’ll make sure it gets to the right people on our end. THANK YOU!

  3. GP Cox says:

    Irma, like so many others, has a mind of her own. She seems to be aiming her sights on the west coast, while us here on the east will receive Category One effects. I would suggest, if needed, concentrate north and south of Tampa as your target (at the moment), it appears the eyes will not go over Miami.

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