“Handmade-with-Love” Inspiration: Diane’s Scarves and Handwritten Notes

Here’s a guest blog post and some “Handmade-with-Love” inspiration from one of our many crafty, talented, and generous donors, Diane: 

In 2011 my sister-in-law introduced me to Operation Gratitude’s mission and I embraced the call to action. That year I sent 27 scarves and thank you notes. Since then my contributions have increased and to date I’ve sent 3,817 scarves and handwritten thank you notes!

People ask me how I do it…

The simplest answer is I’m goal oriented and driven to improve and incorporate efficiency in all I do. Early on, I realized by crocheting lengthwise versus width decreased the time spent on each scarf. This adjustment allows me to complete a scarf (approximately 4 ½” by 46”) in about 50 minutes.

Where I don’t cut back on time is with the notes I send with the scarves. Just as my scarves are handmade, EVERY note is handwritten.

Finally, I wrap each scarf and note in tissue paper and tie it with ribbon.

Diane’s scarves — all boxed and ready to be delivered!

It is especially rewarding and an honor to hear from the recipients — active U.S. Service Members, Veterans and even parents of New Recruits who have graduated from boot camp. I’ve become “Facebook friends” with a parent who updates me regularly on his son’s career in the Navy – he was recently accepted to attend the Naval Academy Preparatory School!

Thank you Operation Gratitude for all you do for our communities and great nation! I’m honored to contribute to such an amazing organization!!

Thank you, Diane, and ALL who use their time and talents to make Handmade-with-Love gifts for our nation’s heroes!

For more information and details about Operation Gratitude’s Handmade-with-Love Programs, please visit our website:

Express Your Thanks!

Please let us know if you have questions by sending an email to Info@OperationGratitude.com and include “Handmade-with-Love Questions” in the subject line.

THANK YOU for your support!


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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4 Responses to “Handmade-with-Love” Inspiration: Diane’s Scarves and Handwritten Notes

  1. Marie K Valentino says:

    I would love the pattern to this 50 minute scarf if possible.

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