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Live near LA? Volunteer with us!

We love our volunteers! Want to join us at Forward Operating Base Operation Gratitude, aka “The FOB”? We welcome everyone age 12 and older and we offer a wide variety of jobs — there’s something for everyone! Find our full schedule, … 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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Fall 2012: Scarves for Troops Update

NOTE: The most recent information about Operation Gratitude’s Scarves for Troops Program is posted here: http://bit.ly/ScarvesforTroops A new guest post from our Scarves for Troops coordinators: Even though the days are still hot for some of us, there is a hint … 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 Anniversary, Operation Gratitude!

On March 19, 2003, Operation Gratitude got its start in the living room of its founder, Carolyn Blashek. Four care packages were shipped that week. Nine years and more than 760,000 care packages later, we thought we would take a … Continue reading

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Ready for Some Good & Dirty FUN?

It’s time to get down and dirty for the troops! The 2012 Merrell Down & Dirty Mud Run Series Presented by Subaru starts on April 15 in Los Angeles and zig zags across the country to a total of ten … Continue reading

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Spring 2012: Scarves for Troops Update!

A guest blog post by Scarves for Troops coordinator, Elaine Campbell: “…When the Treasure becomes a Memory, the Memory becomes a Treasure…” It is with warm memories and a heavy heart that I tell you Joan Mazzarelli has passed away. … Continue reading

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Doing What We Can to Help our Heroes and Their Families

Many U.S. Military veterans and their families are facing extraordinary financial hardships during this time of worldwide economic upheavals. In late 2011 Businessweek reported that the job crisis is dire, citing for example that the youngest of veterans, aged 18 to 24, … Continue reading

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“The pain went away, and all I felt was joy…”

Please take a few moments to read this heartwarming and inspiring story from Operation Gratitude volunteer Kelly South: Just before Christmas of 2010, I had been looking for a way to volunteer my time. A friend told me about Operation … Continue reading

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Troops to Troops: Gifts of Caring for Our Military

To Girl Scout and Brownie Troops across the U.S.A.: We are grateful for the Girl Scout and Brownie troops that help us send Girl Scout cookies to our courageous deployed troops. We enjoy working with the Girl Scouts during their … Continue reading

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