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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Christianity, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Military & Veterans Organizations, Religion, Veterans

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.

Community Stories

42 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Operation Bandana has been such a blessing to so many, to numerous to count. I pray that you will continue this great gift of love for many years to come. What a wonderful way to let those who serve us with such great sacrifice know that we appreciate what they do.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!