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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services

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.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've met and worked with Operation Gratitude as a non-profit alliance partner and can sincerely say I have never met a more dedicated group of people that serve our troops. The good they do to support our combat troops is truly amazing. Operation Gratitude deserves a "thank you" from all of us.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We partner with Operation Gratitude and help promote each other's efforts. Not only do we highly support their organization and what it does for troops, we have always been impressed with the professionalism, integrity and hard work that they approach every effort. I think a quote from a service member says it all, "we received your care packages a week ago, and we are extremely grateful for your dedication and hard work! You have no idea how much your support means to us." They care about their work and they care about making a difference for the people who are putting their lives on the line for our country. That shows in everything Operation Gratitude.

Over and above that, we have often asked them to help us promote our efforts. They have always done so willingly. This, above anything else, shows their team attitude and their American spirit. They understand that we're all in it together to help our American service members and we can't do it in isolation...we need to work together because ultimately, more people will benefit.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

To reach out in sure a direct way to our troops is so important as they are sprawled out across the globe fighting for our freedoms back here at home. I have worked with many organizations that "help others", but this group reaches out more often and with more conviction than any other group I have been affliliated with.

Review from Guidestar

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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."

Review from Guidestar