Operation Bandanas for Bragg, dba Operation Bandanas

Rating: 4.95 stars   41 reviews

Issues: Human Services, Religion, Veterans

Location: PO Box 87356 Fayetteville NC 28304 USA

Mission: Ministering to our military with a Psalm 91 bandana, one soldier at a time.
Results: As of 9/11/11, Operation Bandanas has provided 180,000 Psalm 91 bandanas to our deployed troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. By year's end, we fully expect 200,000 bandanas to have been provided. We have donors from all over the country now. What started as a ministry to cover and bless deploying Ft. Bragg soldiers, has turned into a nationwide ministry of spiritual support and encouragement.
Target demographics: Our deployed military. Also, those serving in other parts of the world away from their families and home.
Direct beneficiaries per year: approximately 40,000
Geographic areas served: Whereever our military are training and preparing to deploy, and those deployed and serving in hostile environments and around the world.

2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Operation Bandanas has been a great ministry partner and ministry multiplier with meeting the spiritual needs of soldiers undergoing US Army Infantry Training. They have been user friendly and made it possible to place Psalm 91 Bandanas in the hands of hundreds of our soldiers. Once our partnership was established they have made sure we have a ready supply on hand ready for ministry without us having to submit new requests. I wish more organizations were this proactive and willing to help!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

promoting the spiritual fitness of my soldiers and preparing them to deploy to Army units worldwide.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do nothing, organization is good to go as it is.

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I was mobilized at Fort Bragg as an Army Reserve Chaplain for over 9 years. During that time I was heavily involved with the Operation Bandana Ministry. I had the honor of sharing literally thousands of Psalm 91 bandanas with Soldiers. The bandanas were a great source of inspiration, comfort and peace to our Warriors. I could share many stories of how these bandanas were used by God to strength our Military Men and Women's faith. This is an awesome ministry and I was blessed to be a part of it. CH Mc

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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I have appreciated the mission of Operation Bandanas! Soldiers and Family members feel cared for with such a program and to think it all started with one Army Spouse who is also an Army Mom!! Mary Gray, the Founder of Operation Bandanas, has created a gift that is one avenue of support for our Military that addresses their spiritual resilience. Her website has testimonials on it but I am confident that the bandanas make a difference for many more than who can write in. We are reassured that although we may not know each individual story, that her bandanas provide a comfort both spiritually and physically (keeping the military member cooler or drier during the extreme heat of the Afghanistan and Iraqi summers)! Mary also works tirelessly to spread the word of her bandanas by attending events where she can share her project with military units so they learn about it and how to request some.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

events where Mary is taking advantage of telling others about the program so they can continue to provide this support to constantly deploying units.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

no suggestions

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Rating: 5 stars  

Operation bandanas has really encouraged me as a soldier! On my last deployment they sent me 3 boxes of bandanas to pass out. My whole unit was covered, and the unit next to us! Then when I had free time I would stand on the boardwalk in front of the dining facility and hand them to soldiers as they passed by. I don't remember one person turning them away and it opened the door for me to encourage them in the Lord! 
I carry mine in my breast pocket over my heart, not as a good luck charm but as a reminder that God is with me and His promises are true. Thank you so much for loving and encouraging me while I was away from everything I hold dear in life.
Sgt. King Leslie
B Co 1-141

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our church has been involved in preparing Bandanas for our service personnel. The Women's Group and the Youth Group were inspired by the activity. My son is a Chaplain in the Army and he praised the effect the Bandanas with the Psalm written on them had on the soldiers. This non profit ministry is worthy of any and all support that can be provided for the production and distribution of the Bandanas. It shows our military personnel that people do care and appreciate the sacrifices they are making for us.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

feedback from my Chaplain son and a thank you note to our church for sending the Bandana from one of the service members who received one.

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Operation Bandanas
The service members here love the bandanas because they are easy to carry all the time. There is always a place for the bandanas in our uniform. They become an extension of our uniform. The bandanas can do so much for the service members. It is obvious that they need these bandanas in this very hot weather. When there is a violent sandstorm here or when there is strong wind, the bandanas are indeed very useful. The military people use them to cover their faces, clean their sunglasses, wipe their faces and even clean their weapons with the bandanas. The bandanas really take good care of us. And there is another side to the bandanas.
The Bandanas with the printed Psalm 91 becomes also sacred for the service members. They display the bandanas in their tents and in their offices. When other people see the bandanas being displayed, they become curious to read the Psalm 91 on the bandanas. Reading curiously the Psalm 91 on the bandanas becomes their introduction to something spiritual. Reading the Psalm 91 becomes their prayer and their union with the Divine. It is a very practical tool to have a connection with the Divine Presence. Bandanas become a profound moment of knowing and talking to Someone beyond oneself. The Bandanas become something much more. There is the feeling of security because we carry it all the time. This feeling of security is not only the bandana itself but the presence of the Divine that we discover when we read the Psalm 91 in the bandanas.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The soldiers are very pleased with the bandanas.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

How did you find this group?

Through my friends

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

It taught me to care in a very concrete and practical way.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Operation Bandana provides spiritual encouragement to our soldiers in the field. These young soldiers are making great sacrifices for the cause of freedom and are reminded each time they use this mutlti-useful item that God is there to uphold them. The children and adults of our church had the opportunity to color and write encouraging words on cards to be included with the bandana making the soldiers feel that those at home are supporting them. This small gift carries an
impacting message to members of all our armed forces.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My son in law was given a bandana which he carried throughout his tour, where he accepted Christ as his savior.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would make them available to those in Foreign Services as well.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Operation Bandanas is changing the lives of our soldiers, saving them physically and spiritually, one at a time. Many have never heard the word of God. The bandanas gives the chaplains the opportunity to tell them a little about the imporatnce of God, faith, prayer in their lives. The bandanas give them something tangible to hold on to, and keep close when they are fearful and in dangerous areas or situations. These bandanas are a reminder that God is watching out for them, someone loves, prays, appreciates and supports them back home. Op. Bandanas supplied, free of charge, numerous bandanas to families in our militry family support group to send to their soldiers that could not otherwise have purchased them. God Bless Mary for her passion toward our soldiers in this way. Ronna Jones, Coordinator, Military Family Support Group, Triangle Baptist Church, Raleigh, NC 919-661-7755, rjmfsg@live.com www.tribaptist.org

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

These bandanas have encouraged many Soldiers and family members by reminding us of God's presence and protection everywhere we go. One Soldier's wife said, "I never let my husband deploy without one". Thanks so much for your loving support and the reminder that Almighty God is in control!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching others be comforted.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Change nothing!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Operation Bandanas is a wonderful organization! I have three boys, all of whom have served or are currently serving our country in the Armed Forces. Since 2005, our church has been sending care packages to our troops. Each time we send boxes, we look for something inspiratonal to encourage our troops. Operation Bandanas provides the perfect tool that is compact and practical. These bandanas are a material item that soldiers can keep near them as a constant reminder of God's protection. Once I came in contact with Operation Bandanas, my search was over for inspiratonal material. These bandanas cover it all! I have heard many stories from soldiers that have kept these bandanas close to them during their battles because of the comfort they felt from the words of our Lord.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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