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August 16, 2012

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August 16, 2012

I have been a volunteer for Operation Care Package for 10 years and I can sum it up by saying THIS IS THE REAL DEAL!

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Debbie Smothers, founder is the most positive & caring person. She has sent care packages to my closest friends while they were deployed & all the members of their units. She even sent a computer to a close friend when his broke down! Recently one of my friend's unit lost everything during a firefight, and she sent over 30 large boxes of supplies to help them out. Her efforts helping my friends & countless others has touched me in a way that words cannot express.

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

I would hope that they could get a larger building & more donations. They would be able to do even more & would!!

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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?

2012

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Nothing - it has been 100% pleasure volunteering for them, and my most rewarding experience.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

OH YES!! Absolutely! When I first offered to do the website, it was out of necessity and I had only the most basic knowledge of html, graphics, etc. It has been so rewarding to me, because over the years I have learned so much while trying new things for the website. Not to mention, people who I've never met who I consider "best friends"!

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

This has been and continues to be probably the best and most rewarding experience of my life!

March 25, 2011

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March 25, 2011

I have been a volunteer for 1 1/2 yrs and I hope for many more. This is a great group of people that I feel honored to work with. To be able to say "Thank You" to those whose defend our freedoms with this group is a very humbling feeling.

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To have a soldier say "thank you" for just sending a box of goodies of home is one of the best feelings in the world.

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

find a way to help more soldiers.

March 25, 2011

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March 25, 2011

I have been a member of Operation Care Package for the past 4 years. Being a rement from the Viet Nam War, I still am very passionate about our soldiers & their families. I feel like I have rewound the clock. I have picked up from where I left off in the 60's. And I am very proud & fortunate that I am able to help in any way. I pray for our troops, vets & families every day, because they have sacrifaced so much for so many. I just wish our fellow Americans would give them more support. I hope that the work we do thru OCP will keep spreading the word & let others know how they can make a difference.

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I see the families appreciation, & joy when OCP has given them hope & help. That is all we ask for as volunteers. We want them to know that we care.

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

recruit more volunteers.

March 25, 2011

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March 25, 2011

I have supported Operation Care Package by participating in a motorcyle "poker" run they held. I've collected donations outside a local store to help fund packages. I promote this organization through word of mouth and Facebook about the many charity events they hold to raise money in support of our troops overseas. I personally have corresponded with an online friend who received an OCP gift before Christmas, I had supplied the group his name. He was so happy to have received the socks and candy. Also participated in the Wreaths over America which placed wreaths on graves of servicemen and women in my area. Many many hours of volunteer efforts go into the organization weekly and I am so proud to be a very small part of their worthwhile fundraising efforts.

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Heard from a service man who had received a package at Christmas and how appreciative he was for the gift.

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There is nothing I can think of that I would change.

March 25, 2011

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March 25, 2011

I've been a member of Operation Care Package for 10 years and I'm proud to say that it's a wonderful organization. The amount of support that the group gives to our military is above and beyond what anyone can imagine. We work tirelessly to get donations and contributions so that care packages can be sent to as many of our military as possible. I know firsthand that the care packages we send (especially at Christmas) are deeply appreciated by the heroes who receive them.

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I've corresponded with many in the military and even met my significant other via a card sent to Iraq in a care package.

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

Give Debbie (our fearless leader) a much needed and well deserved vacation!

March 25, 2011

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March 25, 2011

I have known Debbie for six years now and this is one of the best support groups for our troops. She works tirelessly and I wonder how she does it sometimes, but God Bless her and the work she does.

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The e-mails I get from the troops who have received packages and the great friends I have made.

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

I wouldn't change a thing except maybe giving Debbie a much needed vacation.

March 25, 2011

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March 25, 2011

OCP IS wonderful!!! Debbie and her volunteers are all heart and care about every person and troop that comes their way! They make the most out of every inch of space they have...There is no issue that comes their way that is too small or too big to have their attention! Debbie heads Wreaths Across America in the area every year....There are a few programs and organizations in the area, but Debbie and her group personally know these families and troops...will pick up the phone and handle what issue might arise for them and try to help...they are AMAZING! ♥
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I've worked on Wreaths Across America with them and it was an amazing experience

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

Give them more space so they could help more troops!

March 25, 2011

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March 25, 2011

Great organization that is always looking for what they can do for our troops ~ be it a fundraiser to earn money to send packages ,collecting from schools, bake sales, selling of military branch items,etc..... A tireless group of people that support & honor our troops !!!

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reading of letters from the grateful troops / seeing the support from the community, friends & family when they attend fundraisers/ all the donations of food, gum,batteries etc.....

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

hope they can find a bigger place for when they do their Christmas packing, not enough room in the small office theu have for all the donations & the packing of 1000's of boxes to the troops for Christmas : )

March 25, 2011

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March 25, 2011

When the war started in Iraq, I wanted so much to do something to help show my support for the troops. I found OCP online and saw what a giving operation it is. Debbie Smothers and her assistants have done so much to help so many over the years. Working seven days a week to raise money for postage, or donations for packages has made this so successful. Thousands!!! of packages have been sent to our troops. She goes above and beyond in making certain that they have everything they would need or want if home. In summer they have chap stick and suntan lotion, etc. In winter, knit caps, blankets,etc. Games are sent, along with chocolate, cookies, snacks, etc, along with all kinds of entertainment items. She's gone personally to funerals of "Fallen Soldiers" in her surrounding area, as well as had returning soldiers acknowledged and thanked, at events that she organizes. So much love and giving go into everything she does to show her gratitude to our troops, along with so many that work with her. She works with Wreaths Across America, to have wreaths laid and every year has hopes to lay more than the previous, which I am proud to be a part of. Donations come in by truckloads with people wanting to help her cause. If I lived up there in Chicago, you'd find me at her warehouse physically helping. Although I've said so much, this organization is so much more. It's a clear message of Thanks, love and giving. You cannot imagine the great things Debbie comes up with for raising money and how she works non-stop during her "free time" (?) to just keep on giving and giving and giving. All her assistants are God sent and OPERATION CARE PACKAGE, INC is so extremely blessed, as well as the people whose life it has touched.

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the fact that I've been able to contribute in my small way and feel the greatest feeling of the quote "it's better to give than to receive". However, I've also received letters back from the troops saying how they have felt "remembered" and "appreciated" . So this organization has resulted personally to me in helping me to say "thank you" and experience true happiness in the form of giving.

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she has it all covered perfect!

March 25, 2011

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March 25, 2011

I also am a donor and a mother of a son who has served 5 tours I also have friends and former students in the Military.OCP has supported all my people . The men and women who have received packages all express a big thank you to all who unselfishly give of themselves in many ways to support OCP. My son also would like to express his thanks for all the packages for him and his fellow military family.

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Feedback from the men and women that received the pkgs. all told me that It was very emotionally uplifting knowing that people cared. Sometimes these packages helped many women and men continue their mission.

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3 hours of volunteer time for this nonprofit will...

help sort donated items, pack boxes, bag items, haul and pick up donated items. Sew a project for the troops, write letters or cards or support.
Do a collection or tag day at a local store. Spend an hour visiting a Veteran. Help place wreaths on Veterans graves in Dec.