Tag Archives: Air Force

What Does “Thank You” Look Like?

THANK YOU for helping us create all these smiles and more in 2012! In these last few days of 2012, we reflect upon and greatly appreciate your generosity that enabled us to send more then 150,000 Operation Gratitude Care Packages this … Continue reading

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An Honor to Share…

Have you heard the news? The U.S. Navy announced its choice of Operation Gratitude as its 2011 Spirit of Hope Award honoree. The Spirit of Hope Award began in 1997 by the Wiegand Foundation, Inc. in honor of actor and comedian Bob Hope, … Continue reading

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Meet Our 800,000th Care Package Recipient…

CAMP DEHDADI II — Surrounded by cheering and clapping comrades, Spc. Samuel Mancilla, a motor transport operator assigned to the 1072nd Transportation Company, 378th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade received Operation Gratitude’s milestone 800,000th care package on August 15, … Continue reading

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Giving Back to Those Who Have Given So Much…

It was an honor for Operation Gratitude volunteers to take part in a recent “Wings Over Wendy’s” (WOW) Veterans Group meeting in the Los Angeles suburb known as West Hills. (If you don’t already know about this amazing WOW bunch, take a few … Continue reading

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Holiday Greeting Card Design Contest

As we prepare for our 10th Annual Holiday Drive, we are excited to announce another art contest for students entering grades K-12!  This time, we are looking for original artwork for the holiday greeting card we will send in 50,000+ … Continue reading

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Meet the Wonderful “Wings Over Wendy’s” Crew

For the past ten years, a group of military veterans have met each Monday morning to share a bite to eat and swap war stories at a Los Angeles-area Wendy’s fast-food restaurant. Initially starting with just two veterans — both airmen who … Continue reading

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Operation Gratitude Celebrates Its 800,000th Care Package Milestone

The crowd was electric and in a celebratory mood on June 16 when more than 500 volunteers descended on the California National Guard Armory in Van Nuys to assemble the 800,000th Operation Gratitude Care Package.  The Milestone package, which will … Continue reading

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Happy Flag Day…and Happy Birthday to the U.S. Army!

Today our country celebrates not one but two special occasions — Flag Day and the 237th birthday of the U.S. Army… We have MUCH to be thankful for…..please join us as we honor our flag and pay tribute to those who … Continue reading

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“Pictures for Patriots Contest” — Take Two!

Last year we enjoyed seeing the wonderful “Pictures for Patriots Contest” artwork submitted by K-12 students from all over the country.  But more importantly, the troops loved the artwork, too — so we thought we’d have another contest to find … Continue reading

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We Can Never Out-Thank the Troops

As our care packages continue to reach their destinations, we receive wonderful letters, email and photos in reply. We post them in the “Mail Call“ and “Photo Gallery” of our website and on our Facebook page, too, but also wanted to … Continue reading

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