OPERATION GRATITUDE INC

Rating: 4.91 stars   188 reviews

Issues: Human Services

Location: 16444 Refugio Road Encino CA 91436 USA

Mission: Hundreds of thousands of American troops are deployed in hostile and remote regions of the world, including the Middle East, Afghanistan, and on ships throughout international waters. The physical conditions they must endure are difficult and they may be separated from loved ones for long periods of time. OPERATION GRATITUDE seeks to lift troops'' morale, and bring a smile to their faces by sending care packages to service members deployed overseas. OPERATION GRATITUDE care packages contain food, toiletries, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation, all wrapped with good wishes of love and support. Through Collection Drives, Letter Writing Campaigns and Donations of requested items or funds for shipping expenses, OPERATION GRATITUDE provides civilians anywhere in America a way to express their respect and appreciation to the men and women of the U.S. military in an active, hands-on manner. OPERATION GRATITUDE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, volunteer-based corporation, funded entirely by private donations. For safety and security, the assembling of all packages occurs at the Army National Guard Armory in Van Nuys, CA.
Programs: Operation Gratitude annually sends 100,000 care packages addressed to individual service members deployed in combat zones around the world.
2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

Working as a non-profit alliance partner that services our troops.

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

try to help increase their funding.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

the way they are willing to work together with us for the benefit of all service members.

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

have no suggestions...

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

have NOT personally exerienced the results of this group

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

nothing I can think of.......

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

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."

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.

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.

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?

2010-1-01

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