I have been on the receiving end of one of the great care packages from Operation Gratitude!! As a service member bieng thousands of miles from home it is really hard and to receive a care package from a COMPLETE STRANGER saying "thanks" means so much! There are times when we missing our family, the life we had back home and the stress of duty takes it toll on us - and as I opened the box I thought of thepeople back home who made this care package, the appreciation that they have for the sacrifices we make and it sure put a smile on my face! The items in the care package gave us all fond memories of home - the girl scout cookies - we shared stories of when we used to sell them when we were younger! And the heartfelt written letters gave us all a few tears and made us proud to be Americans! Everyone was talking about the care packages and they really lifted morale for us!! We hung up the cards and letters that were inside the box so that everyone could read them and shared the items in the boxes - these care packages were the BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I will keep it simple and to the point..... having voluntered for years with what I now consider my family at OP GRAT, I am so proud of not just what weve done, but the effect it has shown with our heros and their families.......... Carolyn, you are a true inspiration !!
NOW through July, purchases of Liberty Creek Wines will support US Troops via care packages from Operation Gratitude. Called “Tunes for Troops,” this new program will bring music downloads to service men and women overseas, providing the comfort and entertainment of music on the front lines.
Liberty Creek Vineyards is donating $15,000 to support this Spring/Summer Care Package Drive. Additionally, specially tagged bottles of Liberty Creek Wines contain codes that consumers can enter online at libertycreekwine.com to help contribute an additional $10,000.
The $15k is the monetary donation from Liberty Creek to Operation Gratitude and up to an additional $10k will be given at the end of the program for music download purchases.
Operation Gratitude will use the additional 10k to purchase cards.
So I get these every once in a while. They are often packed with lots of candy. We all tend to share and pass stuff around, and eventually, everyone has something they want, so nothing goes to waste. The toiletries, etc. are helpful. Some people need them, some don't.
What I find interesting and sometimes cute, are the little stuffed critters that come in the packages. I got one of Little Foot from the Land Before Time, which is one of my favorite childhood movies. So he has a spot at my desk.
In a more recent package, I got this stuffed chicken...
He'll get used, oh yes that he will. He's a stuffed chicken, so I think it goes without say that his fate shall be terminal.
Actually, unwanted stuffies help save lives. We have often attached them to various devices, where from they dangle, and trigger unwanted explosions that might have otherwise cost life or limb of another service member. They are quite useful.
So rest assured that nothing in a care package goes to waste.
during my deployment to bagram afganistan, may 2003 to jan 2004. i remember the beginnings of operation gratitude. they sent us a package which provide much needed moral booster. i was provided a list to sign up my fellow soldiers because their goal is to send one package to every deployed warrior. this really impressed me and my fellow soldiers the caring and the unselfishness this organizations shares with the warrior. i thank them for all they do.
Review from Guidestar
In June of 2006 my boyfriend's Air Force Unit was deployed to Iraq and I had heard about Operation Gratitude but did not know anyone who had been a beneficiary of their packages. I contacted Operation Gratitude through email and received a personal response from the founder Carolyn. She guided me through how to get the names of his comrades and location of his unit. Operation Gratitude sent a care package to every member of his unit. When I was able to make contact with my boyfriend, he told me what a wonderful experience it was for the men and women in his unit to receive those packages and be reminded that the American people really do care. I applaud O.G. for remaining strong and for continually striving to make the men and women of our Armed Forces feel appreciated.
Review from Guidestar
As a military dependent, I can tell you that my dad was thrilled and honored to receive a package when he was deployed from Operation Gratitude. Each American should ask what can we do for our military service men, women and families. Knowing that my dad received a package that would brighten his day was a boost to our entire family. Operation Gratitude truly makes a difference for each and every soldier.
Review from Guidestar