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July 23, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
July 23, 2010

Operation Gratitude's mission is to put a smile on a service member's face and let them know the American people appreciate their service. The following letters from our troops and their families are the best evidence that Operation Gratitude continues to fulfill its mission. "My husband is one of the many that received a care package from you. He is safely back home and a few days after his arrival he recounted that day they all received your loving gifts. He was so touched...they all were... deeply touched. They thought it was a priceless gift. I became choked up with the thought of human kindness given to these unknown troops. I have no words to express how thankful I am. E.K. Newbury Park, CA" "Last week we had a particularly rough few days of constant missions. The next morning we all woke up to your packages. I don't know what it was exactly. I don't know if it was the fatigue or the beauty of your newsletter (and sincerely heartfelt messages found within it), but I broke down....in a good way. For some reason as I read the letters, especially from the kids, all of the bombs, the bullets, the stresses, the ignorance and hatred, the tangible weight of missing my fiance and family back home all evaporated, if only for a day. A humble gratitude from us to you. LT J.Z." "Many organizations send packages over here but yours is the most thoughtful that I've seen. You obviously have a good sense of what soldiers want out here, and I wanted to thank you and tell you it's sure appreciated. CPT J.D." "I don’t have a wife and kids or much of a family but when I received your package today I felt loved for the first time in a very long time. Words cannot describe the joy that I feel when I read the letters from the kids. Their letters will always remind me to be courageous and stand tall. I wish to thank every single one of you from the bottom of my heart for your love and support. AT3(AW) W." "What your organization brings to the table is a friendly hug, a hand shake, or even a kiss to someone that may feel they have no one that cares about them. J.K."

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

I receive all the letters and emails from the troops thanking Operation Gratitude for the care packages.

Ways to make it better...

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

...continue its grass-roots nature and ensure that every American was still able to participate in their own way.

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

knowing my efforts make a difference.

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

Dedicated, kind, genuine, self-less, enthusiastic.

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

Develop a fully staffed program which would ensure continuity as a permanent institution.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to devote.

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

Continuing to operate as a volunteer-based organization.

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

The organization receives and publishes all the thanks from the troops. But all the volunteers and supporters continually send their thanks as well--for the opportunity to say "Thank You" to our Military.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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