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February 8, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 8, 2011

Walked in the door of the armory 7 years ago on Memorial day weekend, haven't left. This is a wonderful organization that does so much for the troops and for the volunteers involved.
Have worked every aspect of the line and am amazed that every drive new people show up with new enthusiasm

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

The letters coming back from the troops.

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

Send more boxes! Each one makes a big difference in the lives of our service men and women.

February 8, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 8, 2011

'What the world needs now is Love sweet Love", and I would add to that song, more gratitude.

Having been a member of many non-profits I appreciate all the work that goes into keeping them up and running.

My Dad, husband and all 3 sons served in the military and anyone who serves
their country deserves respect and gratitude.

I love reading about all the packages and letters that go out to our troops, wherever they are.

I'm planning on getting into the letter writing part of it and a friend is joining me.

Thanks for listening.

The Great!

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

No

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

No comment righ now.

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Review from Guidestar
February 8, 2011

I was pleased to join Operation Gratitude and overwhelmed when I found letters of appreciation in my mailbox from so many of the troops who received the packages we sent. That was an extra bonus I was not expecting. I am proud to support our military men and women, may God bless them.

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

I've kept the letters from the young men and women who expressed their thanks and appreciation to me for the packages they received from Operation Gratitude.

Ways to make it better...

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

Give them FREE POSTAGE or REDUCED RATE POSTAGE for each package sent to our men and women in the military.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

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

FREE or REDUCED RATE postage to mail each package to our men and women in the military.

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

My Dad was in the Navy during WWII, and I felt I was doing this for him too.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Proud to be an American, glad I was able to help in a small way.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Review from Guidestar
February 8, 2011

I have been a volunteer for Operation Gratitude for over a year. I have experienced firsthand what the organization does, and the impact it has on our heroes in the military. Each care package that is sent out contains products that are necessities, and little reminders of home. In particular, each package contains a knitted scarf or hat and a handwritten letter, from individuals who are beyond grateful to each and every hero fighting for our country.
I have been fortunate enough to be able to read the thank you letters/e-mails that the heroes send to Operation Gratitude. Each one who has received a box, is gracious and thankful to the organization, volunteers, and donors who made such a gift for them possible. What is often written, is that it is a real morale booster to get the packages, and that it's a great reminder of how everyone back at home supports them, thinks about them, and truly cares about what they are doing for all of us back in the United States.
A care package, that is a token of gratitude to our heroes, filled with love, appreciation, and dedication to them...that is just a bit of what Operation Gratitude is all about.

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

seeing the positive impact it has on the individuals receiving the care packages, and with all those who take part in helping the organization.

Ways to make it better...

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

leave it as is.

February 8, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 8, 2011

I found out about Operation Gratitude this Christmas when I was looking for some way to help our soldiers. I don't have anyone close to me that is serving but I wanted to show my Gratitude somehow. I found their website and read all the things they do for our soldiers all year long and the extra things they do at Christmas. I know how hard it is to be away from your loved ones at Christmas so I picked their site to donate. Now our church has several families with loved ones who will soon be deployed so we plan to do care packages for them. The mark of a great non-profit organization is when it inspires people to do for others, keep the care going!

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

It has inspired others to help.

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

None

February 8, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 8, 2011

For the past 21 years our four dental offices has collected candy from our young patients who in turn receive cash back from us. This past year we donated 29 lbs. of candy to Operation Gratitude. We are very excited to share and help the troops overseas feel the warmth and love of home. Our dental staff is very honored to be a part of Operation Gratitude and to give back to our soldiers who are away from their families to fight for us.

Thank you Operation Gratitude for all that you do!

Deb Hertges, PR Director of

Waukon Dental - Waukon, IA

Dental Associates of Decorah, P.C. - Decorah, IA

Family Dentistry Associates of Monona - Monona, IA and

Dental Associates of Prairie du Chien, P.C. - Prairie du Chien, WI

The Great!

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

In knowing that all of the candy received from our young patients that they were rewarded and felt proud for helping our troops and for our dental offices as well - knowing that we can put a smile on our servicemen and women while they are struggling from being away from their families for a long period of time.

Ways to make it better...

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

No changes at all, the organization is well run.

More feedback...

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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

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

Absolutely nothing - everything went well. Proud to see the end results!

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

It was a great experience seeing the effects of how we can all come together and help others. What a nice feeling that is - especially since our staff members have family/friends serving our country.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Proud to help our troops and put a "smile" on their face and more importantly - in their hearts!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Review from Guidestar
February 8, 2011

I am so grateful that reporting by a major TV network introduced Operation Gratitude to me. I have contributed to this worthy cause for the benefit of our service people and I am working on scarves for Christmas 2011....and I hope by then that our soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen/women are out of harms way. I am so proud to support this cause and commend the faithful volunteers for all of their efforts.

The Great!

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

see above

Ways to make it better...

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

have more people become aware of the activities

February 8, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 8, 2011

I first became familiar with Operation Gratitude 2 years ago. Operation gratitude helps each year with our Halloween Candy Buyback. The candy we collect after Halloween through our dental office is sent to OG where it is dispersed to overseas troops in care packages. They also sponsored a contest to guess how much candy they would collect this year. I won that contest and received $1000 to donate to my local school and a camera that I plan to offer as a prize for next year's candy buyback. Our candy collection is successful because of Operation Gratitude!

The Great!

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

Seeing the thankful reviews of our troops receiving care packages!

Ways to make it better...

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

Not do a thing! They are great!

February 8, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 8, 2011

I happen to read about Operation Gratitude in a magazine that featured Ben Affleck helping out. It had a brief description of the organization, so I immediately googled it and read what their mission was. This Organazation came into my life at the perfect time, my eldest child had just been deployed to Iraq just 10 months after joining the Army. I was feeling so helpless with him being so far from home, and I myself and my entire family had already begun sending him packages and letters and knew how much they meant to him. I never even thought about other soldiers with no family. My family and I headed to Van Nuys, CA and joined as volunteers, that was 3 years ago, and we are still helping out and will continue to do so, until all of our men and women come home. Its the very least we can do to brighten up the day of those who so bravely serve our country. My son is now about to deploy to Afghanistan, and he knows the care packages will continue for him, but now he knows they will also be sent to his buddies who don't have families. The $ 5000 prize would be fantastic, and bring joy to so many....

The Great!

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

the pictures and letters OPERATION GRATITUDE receives from the men and women who receive these care packages.

Ways to make it better...

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

help spread the word so that more people could see what a great organization this truly is.

February 8, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 8, 2011

I live in Nebraska and not able to help with assembly of the packages, but I have my daughter and her classmates writing letters in their 4th grade class and another daughter with other projects to send to Operation Gratitude. Being able to volunteer brings a feeling that is very personal and rewarding.

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

no personal experience

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

change nothing

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