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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

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 3

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.

Review from Guidestar

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar