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Operation Gratitude Charity Profile
Tens of thousands of American Service Members are deployed in hostile and remote regions of the world, including the Middle East, Afghanistan, and on ships throughout international waters. The physical conditions they must endure are difficult and they may be separated from loved ones for long periods of time.
Operation Gratitude seeks to lift morale and put smiles on faces by sending care packages addressed to individual Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines deployed in harm's way.** Operation Gratitude care packages contain food, hygiene products, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation, all wrapped with good wishes of love and support.
Through Collection Drives, Letter Writing Campaigns and Donations of funds for shipping expenses, Operation Gratitude provides civilians anywhere in America a way to express their respect and appreciation to the men and women of the U.S. Military in an active, hands-on manner.
Operation Gratitude is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, volunteer-based corporation, funded entirely by private donations. For safety and security, the assembling of all packages occurs at the Army National Guard Armory in Van Nuys, California.
**Wounded Warrior Care Package Program:
Operation Gratitude works with representatives at Military hospitals and Wounded Warrior Transition Units to provide care packages for Wounded Warriors/Veterans to let them know they are never forgotten.
Recognizing that Warriors when first injured are most concerned with the well-being of their comrades still on the frontlines, we also offer a service to send care packages to the wounded's buddies. Not only does this let the downrange troops know their wounded comrade is thinking about them, but most importantly, it helps the wounded feel they are still contributing to the mission and supporting their comrades.
Who We Serve:
Operation Gratitude sends packages to Wounded Warriors and deployed members of all Military branches: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and to units from all states and territories. While we will send at least 100,000 care packages per year, we know the recipients share with their comrades, so we project that at least 250,000 service members will be directly touched by our program annually. In addition, the impact of our program on morale is felt generally throughout the Military (2.7 million people) and by the loved ones of those who serve (several million more).
Operation Gratitude Volunteer Information
If you would like to volunteer in person for the Patriotic and/or Holiday Drives at the Armory, please email, our Volunteer Coordinator at: OpGratVolunteer@yahoo.com beginning two months prior to the first weekend. Write "Operation Gratitude Volunteer" in the subject line.
We welcome every Volunteer to join us on as many days and for as many hours as you are available and comfortable--during both the Prep and Assembly days. Please feel free to stay longer than your assigned shift on the Assembly days (shifts are 9am-12 and 1pm-4pm).
As in the past, we welcome children ages 12 and older; those ages 12-16 must have a responsible adult with transportation on the premises at all times. Due to insurance, liability and safety concerns, we must strictly adhere to these rules--there are no exceptions. Younger children are encouraged to write letters and organize recycling drives from home.
COMMUNITY SERVICE certificates are provided for students who require documentation of the number of hours they volunteer. In order to obtain a certificate, it is necessary to SIGN IN upon arrival on the Community Service sign-in sheet, and SIGN OUT upon departure when finished each day.