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November 4, 2011

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November 4, 2011

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.

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

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November 3, 2011

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November 3, 2011

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.

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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

March 29, 2010

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March 29, 2010

As Huddle Sponsor for the Middle School Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Ouachita Christian School in Monroe, LA, I was the facilitator for an Operation Bandanas campaign at our school (Grades Pre-K - 12). Each child who purchased a bandana made a card accompanied by a personal note to go with his or her individually packaged bandana. The children thoroughly enjoyed participating in this project and became more aware of our military, motivating the students to keep the soldiers in their prayers. This is a most worthwhile project!

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

the interest that the students have shown in the military as a result and the positive feedback I have received from the soliders who were recipients of the bandanas. A couple of the students "hand carried" bandanas to family members in the service.

Ways to make it better...

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

be just like Mary Gray!!!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

knowing that our school has provided soldiers away from home with not only God's Word, but something that is useful, as well.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely knowledgeable and helpful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide a bandana for every member of our military.

Ways to make it better...

I had had acess to acitive military personnel who could have helped to promote the campaign.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

getting the information out to the public, because I believe there are many people who would like to participate, if they only knew about it.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I only regret that we weren't able to send more than we did!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

March 27, 2010

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March 27, 2010

Thousands of men and women in the military have received a "not-so-big" piece of fabric made into a Bandana with the Holy Scripture, Psalm 91 printed on it. This Bandana can be used for so many things, such as a sweat rag, wash cloth, a tourniquet, sand mask, and especially a reminder of a promise from God how He protects us from the storms of life. All of this due to a special lady answering God's call. What peace and comfort this gives these service men and women as well as any/all who read and believe. From the letters, emails, etc. received by the Bandana Operation it makes one weep with joy when hearing what these have meant to them

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Not only enjoying fellowship with others as we fold and prepare the Bandanas for shipping, also reading the letters and responses from those having received them.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 27, 2010

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March 27, 2010

I gave a psalm 91 bandana to a friend who was deploying to a dangerous area in Irag. At a family dinner given for him upon his return home a year later, he pulled out the bandana from his pocket. He passed it around the table and asked everyone to look at it. When it returned to him, with a crack in his voice, he told his family members the significance of the bandana. He said that he had it with him 24/7 (except the shower!) the entire time he was deployed. Obviously this simple piece of material with God's word printed on it gave him a great sense of peace and safety each time he was in harm's way. With tears in her eyes, his mother related this story to me. The deployed chaplains say that the minute their boxes of bandanas are opened, they vanish in a minute. This group is doing a wonderful thing for our military men and women. Every bandana which is sent out, is paid for by DONATIONS.

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

Having been involved with every aspect of this organization from fund raising, the actual folding of the bandanas, boxing them for mailing, serving on Mary Gray's board, I know this group!!

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

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I have been shown--beyond a shadow of a doubt-that this is a "God Thing!" How else would an organization distribute over 100,000 bandanas without any $$$$ except those received through donations???

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated to the cause.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Get a bandana into the hand of every deployed man and woman in each branch of the military.

Ways to make it better...

We had that 10 million bucks mentioned on the left hand side of this page!!! (:

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

$$$$$$$$$$$

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 27, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
March 27, 2010

Operation Bandanas is the best mission project to involve all ages of our church. Our church is partnering with Mary Gray and we all enjoy folding, packaging and getting Psalm 91 Bandanas ready for mailing. In less than six months our small church has purchased and mailed nearly 1000 of these bandanas to our military men and women in Afghanistan. They are distributed by Chaplains and the most recent was sent to a chapel being built there. It is most rewarding to get an email from an airman and then one from his wife telling us that "he will keep the bandana with him wherever he goes" and what a difference one church can make in the lives of those who are in harms way to protect our freedoms. Psalm 91 Bandana is a small but powerful way to show our love and pray for each receipient. Operation Bandanas is a mission project that everyone can participate in and many thanks to Mary Gray who began this ministry in 2006.

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

our church and our military men and women.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the hands on experience of folding, packaging, mailing and then praying for the receipients.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

send a Psalm 91 Bandana to every person in the military and also to the veterans.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 26, 2010

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March 26, 2010

My wife and I go to our church twice a month to fold and pack bandannas, that are going to various chaplains of units that are due to deploy. These bandannas are created for the use of all branches of the military. The unit of our church is made up of many different volunteers and we receive no compensation and or charge no compensation. The bandannas are paid for by donations from not only our church members but members of the community as well. Eddie hollingsworth

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

the numerous notes that the organization receives and are posted on the website.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being a veteran myself, getting involved in supporting our troops.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very happy serving those who serve us.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

share the bandanas with our wounded troops in addition to those actively serving

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 26, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
March 26, 2010

Operation Bandanas is a very meaningful ministry showing love, support, prayers, appreciation to our Military who are deployed in harm's way by providing each soldier with a Psalm 91 bandana as they deploy. Our troops are finding their bandanas to be very useful tools in the sands of the deserts, as sweat bands in the heat, as tourniquets in emergencies, as a gift of love and support from loved ones in the states, and a reminder of God's presence wherever they find themselves. I can't think of a better way to show our love and support for our troops, as well as, place the Word of God for strength and power for our troops while serving. Support our troops!

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

testamonies from our chaplins and troops. Someone once said, "If you see God at work, join Him", and I feel this ministry is God at work, and I wanted to be a part of that work.

Ways to make it better...

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

continue on the same path that this team is doing today. A job well done!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

supporting our troops with love, prayers, and bandanas. Then hearing the wonderful terstamonies of what these bandanas mean to our troops.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

are a team of Christian workers that give 100% of love and prayers to this ministry for our troops and our Lord.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make sure that every soldier, support staff, and native of Iraq and Afghanistan could have a Psalm 91 bandana. Even family members could carry a bandana.

Ways to make it better...

I had the means to give more and if I had more ways of getting the information to the people of the USA.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

more people learning of the ministry and donating to the cause.

One thing I'd also say is that...

our God works in mysterious ways and His Word never goes out void. All things are possible with God, He is in control, and I believe, He is guiding Operation Bandanas.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 25, 2010

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March 25, 2010

I contacted Mary when my son found out he was going to be deployed to Iraq on Christmas Eve '07 and asked for a Psalm 91 bandana for his to carry with him. She quickly sent me one to pack and send with him on his way. While in Baghdad, Iraq, he and another soldier switched post and during the night, the other soldier was shot and killed. My son had this bandana in his pocket and I feel sure that helped him to be safe. She runs an awesome organization and I recommend this to all soldiers or families of soldiers who are being deployed. She is an amazing lady!!

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

my own situation.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

March 25, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
March 25, 2010

Thanks to Operation Bandanas, the wives of 25 deploying Chaplains from Ft. Carson, CO received a Psalm 91 BDU handkerchief. Each of their Chaplain husbands also received a bandana. Mary Gray graciously donated these to our group when I was planning a "Deployment 101 -A Spiritual Perspective Workshop". The handkerchiefs are being used as a type of prayer cloth for these couples.

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

the lives of Chaplain Spouses and how it has made deployment more manageable.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The graciousness of Mary Gray and her motivation/calling to serve Chaplains and their spouses.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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help fold and package the bandanas. Write notes on the cards we enclose with each bandana.