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  

7 people found this review helpful

I was in the Sunday school class where Mary Gray first announced that the Lord was calling her to establish the Bandanas ministry. Our Sunday school class has helped her raise money to purchase bandanas for the soldiers every since that day. I am one of the original board members and have watched in amazement how that we have gone from trying to raise funds to purchase the first 100 bandanas to now having given 100,000 bandanas to soldiers all over the world. The life changing testimonies from both the soldiers who receive these "free" bandanas and from the chaplains who distribute them are so encouraging to Mary, her board members, and all christians who know about this ministry. The Lord is truly in this ministry as it has now spread all over the USA. Mary has spread the message about this ministry through issuing a monthly news letter, traveling all across the country telling about the ministry, & writing numerous articles about the ministry. People, organizations & churches all over the country are now raising money to purchase bandanas with a goal of giving a bandanas to every deployed soldier.

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

reviewing life changing letters & videos from soldiers and chaplains who have received/given out a bandanas.

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

not change a thing. The Lord is in control of this ministry.

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

watching the Lord lead & direct this ministry to the point that we have now distributed over 100,000 bandanas to deployed soldiers.

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

concerned christians who cared about reaching deployed soldiers for Christ.

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

purchase Psalm 91 bandanas for all the soldiers of every country in the world,

Ways to make it better...

I could have been there when a deployed soldier received a bandanas.

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

contining to find ways to raise funds to purchase additional Psalm 91 bandanas.

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

we would welcome anyone who would like to join us in helping us raise funds to purchase Psalm 91 bandanas for all US deployed soldiers.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

As President of the Board of Directors of Operation Bandanas for the past 15 months, as well as a Board Member and volunteer since its inception in 2006, I have been truly blessed by my association with this wonderful ministry. Also serving as webmaster for our website, I never cease to be touched by the many heartfelt thank you's and requests we receive from our Servicemen and women. Mary Gray's God-given inspiration to establish this ministry has not only reached out to over 104,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines but also has blessed every single volunteer who has ever worked with Operation Bandanas.

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

Reading all the thank you’s and requests for more bandanas as I post them to the website.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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9 people found this review helpful

I have been a part of OpBan since 6/08. It has been a real blessing to work along side of Mary Gray, Executive Director, and see her level of commitment I have helped fold bandanas and assisted in some of the administrative duties. It seems so amazing that what seems like a small effort can make such a positive impact on those who receive these ban- danas. God truly gets glory in even our small efforts.

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

In the video's of soldiers

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

Never live up to the level of commitment that Mary Gray has.

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

Knowing that God's work is reaching out to our service men.

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

Absolutely commited to the cause of the ministry.

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

It could more than meet the need for requests of bandanas.

Ways to make it better...

I am still experiencing the joys pf it.

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

One main challenge is to obtain the financial support needed to keep up with the bandana requests.

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

God's word will never return void. It will impact each person who reads the PSalm 91 from the bandanas.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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