Operation Gratitude - Sending Care Packages To The U.S. Military
Operation Gratitude is a non-profit, volunteer-based 501(c)(3) corporation that assembles and ships care packages to United States service members deployed overseas.
After the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, founder Carolyn Blashek felt the need to aid the war on terrorism. Starting from her house in California, the charity now encompasses churches, schools, businesses and service groups all over the country donating items and writing letters to service members through Operation Gratitude. Since November 2003, Operation Gratitude has conducted its Assembly Drives in the California Army National Guard Armory in Van Nuys, California. The organization's mission is to lift morale, put a smile on a service member's face and express the appreciation of the American people for the sacrifices of the men and women defending our freedom. As of June 2010, Operation Gratitude has sent over 550,000 care packages personally addressed to individual troops deployed in regions such as Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as to those on military ships.
Operation Gratitude welcomes volunteers as well as donations of funds and products for the packages. The organization sends a care package to every deployed service member whose name is received.
To volunteer or donate go to the Operation Gratitude web site.
A donation in the borrowers name will be made to Operation Gratitude for each VA loan that closes.