Operation Gratitude Inc

Rating: 4.91 stars   185 reviews

Address:

21100 Lassen Street Chatsworth CA 91311 USA

Mission:

Operation Gratitude’s mission is to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of our First Responder, Active Duty, Veteran, and Wounded Hero communities. We also seek to provide volunteer opportunities for all Americans to express their appreciation for these deserving Heroes through hands-on volunteerism, such as collection drives, letter writing campaigns, handcrafted “Made with Love” projects, and care package assembly events. Every year, Operation Gratitude sends 250,000+ individually-addressed care packages to Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines deployed overseas and to their children left behind. Also, to New Recruits, Veterans, First Responders, Wounded Heroes and their caregivers. Each package contains food items, hygiene products, entertainment, handmade items, and handwritten letters of support. Operation Gratitude is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, volunteer-based corporation, funded entirely by private donations.

Results:

Since its inception in March, 2003, Operation Gratitude volunteers have assembled and shipped more than 1,500,000 care packages.

Programs:

Operation Gratitude annually sends 250,000 care packages addressed to individual service members deployed in combat zones around the world.

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818-469-0448
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

 
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1 person found this review helpful

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 !!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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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.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Some

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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1 person found this review helpful

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.

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

Afghanistan + Iraq

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

I think they are doing a fine job as they are.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Some

 
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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.

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

i was in receipt of one of their care packages.

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

try to encourage corporations to contribute to the care packages. and assist in the assembly of the.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

web page

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

that people to care about our warriors enough to spend their valuable time volunteering preparing packages and mailing them out.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2004

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

Care packages were sent to the unit in a timely manner and all the members of the unit loved them. Carolyn and her team were very helpful and seemed genuinely eager to get the packages to the unit for me.

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

None..

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

My dad received a package when he was deployed.

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

make sure that they have enough funds to take care of ALL of our troops, vets and wounded warriors.

 
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