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February 26, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 26, 2011

Operation Gratitude's mission of providing care packages to U.S. servicemembers lifts the spirits of our troops by keeping them in touch with the good will of other Americans. It also allows us at home to join in the common cause of the men and women who put life on hold and their lives on the line to selflessly serve our country. The ability to contribute cards, letters and needed items allows a personal touch beyond the monetary contributions -- a handwritten note, a favorite film, an inspiring music CD, or fondly remembered childhood snack all provide a little taste of home. Everyone can participate -- from the CEO writing a generous check, to the grandmother who knits a handmade scarf, to the child who donates Halloween candy or stuffed animals for soldiers to give to other children where they are deployed -- all these efforts to "pay it forward" have a positive domino effect that goes in both directions with donors receiving updates on the positive effect of their contributions -- benefitting both the givers and all those who receive, and making days like the 4th of July even more meaningful.

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being kept up to date on the troops' appreciation for the care packages and those who sent them plus the extra special donated prize items awarded.

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make more people aware of how easy it is for anyone to participate -- we can all write a note or card and these are among the most in-demand items.

February 22, 2011

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February 22, 2011

Here's to Operation Gratitude, an organization that provides so much to so many. First, to the more than 600,000 (and still counting) men and women in the Military who have received individual care packages filled with snacks and entertainment products, and most importantly, containing personal letters of appreciation from children and adults. In addition, Operation Gratitude provides an opportunity for thousands of volunteers to express their love and gratitude to the U.S. Service Men and Women who are deployed in harms way.

Since its inception, we have been both donors and volunteers at Operation Gratitude packaging events. We have seen first hand the outpouring of love and respect for the men and women of the Military which this organization has engendered. As a veteran of both World War II and the Korean conflict, there can be nothing more heart warming.

This is truly a unique and exciting organization.

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being part of the process of packaging and then reading the many letters from the servicemen who have received packages expressing their own gratitude that "someone cares."

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try to convince the postal service that these packages should be carried without postage. It costs Operation Gratitude about $15.00 postage for each package, an enormous sum considering the number of packages shipped each year.

February 19, 2011

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February 19, 2011

After sending a bunch of handmade Christmas cards (by church kids) to be shared by our Marine Grandson stationed in Baghdad, I stumbled across Operation Gratitude doing a much better job. Their purpose is more than defined in their title. Their solution provides a superb means of our helping American soldiers become aware that their horrible trials and dedicated service are not being taken for granted, or simply overlooked by the rest of us.

Some of the words of one of my favorite hymns seems an applicable example of Operation Gratitude creator, Carolyn Blashek, and her now hundreds of voluntary constituents and donors:
“Because I have been given much, I, too must give.”

Any questions regarding the actual meaning behind Operation Gratitude's giving can readily be observed in hundreds of sincere, handwritten “thank you’s” (including this one). Plus thru a collection of pictures staring a few of the very touched American soldiers.

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Thank you letter from Carolyn Blashek

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Not change a thing

February 17, 2011

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February 17, 2011

Operation Gratitude is really making a difference in the minds and hearts of our service men and women. All the reviews can't put the feelings into words. You deliver smiles and joy! Hang Tough everyone! You are making a difference!

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I have heard stories from my friends and family in Afghanistan that your care packages give hope and the determination to keep fighting the war. I have personally been inspired to work 80 hour weeks to deliver the technology that our men and women need. Operation Gratitude has inspired many people to support our troops!

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I would be nice if we could adopt a platoon or individual in the arm forces. This would make my donations more personable. It would be nice to be able to support the men and women of a given town or state.

February 16, 2011

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February 16, 2011

My company became aware of Operation Gratitude as we were searching for a way to donate leftover Halloween candy. We boxed up what our employees donated and shipped it off to Operation Gratitude knowing they would use it for the care packages they assemble. A very prompt and professional notification of receipt was sent to me when they received the candy. I was impressed by how the organization is so well run.

The employees of my company mostly live in very small towns around the facility, and haven't had a lot of exposure to ways of supporting our troops. Operation Gratitude teaches us ways we can do just that as individuals or as a group. The volunteers of this organization give so selflessly of themselves, it's an inspiration to others in cities, big or tiny, all around the nation. They have my utmost respect, admiration and appreciation for the work they do.

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the many letters I've read on the website expressing appreciation from the troops receiving the care packages. Their emotional appreciation is inspiring others to participate.

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

if at all possible, set up other volunteer facilities in other states so donors could also become volunteers in assembling care packages.

February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

Operation Gratitude has given so much joy since it started - joy and love to our troops, as they deserve for their great sacrifices for us and our country.

Joy and love experienced by individuals, classrooms, companies for the opportunity to contribute in various ways to the CARE
packages that are sent to our troops. Americans of all ages can contribute to Operation Gratitude. Patriotism is back!

My nephew is in the Army and this is a small way I can give back to the military. I've crocheted scarves, written notes and letters and collected items at work. Operation Gratitude sends out specific email updates, so I feel like I am a part of this amazing organization. I only wish I lived close enough to participate in filling and shipping the packages during the Patriotic and Holiday Drives.

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I am not in the military so have not received a care package

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I can't think of anything to change.

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

Operation Gratitude is by far one of the finest, most honorable, and most caring charities that serves our troops all over the world. The work they do... and the void they fill... truly benefits our soldiers in a way that no other group can do. OpGratitude is the BEST!

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The results of Operation Gratitude are amazing and fulfilling. Soldiers who sometimes forget how much American civilians care about their service receive personal packages that show how much we all care. The smiles and tears on their faces when they open their "care packages" are the best "results" anyone could ask for.

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Excellently run and maintained. I only hope Operation Gratitude can grow larger and serve more.

February 10, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 10, 2011

How humbling to be able to support someone who risked their life for you! I donate regularly to Operation Gratitude to show our military how much I appreciate their sacrifice.

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seeing the happiness of veterans

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to have more donors

February 10, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 10, 2011

I am a school counselor in Texas. One of our campus goals is to help develop the students' character and encourage them to be good citizens of the world. It was amazing to see how excited our students were to give up some of their own Halloween candy for Operation Gratitude to share with military men and women all around the world! We filled 5 big cases with candy but I had no idea where we would get the funds to mail the candy to Operation Gratitude. Then they sent us an email listing collection centers in different communities where we could just bring our candy for someone else to ship - amazing! Operation Gratitude, thank you for the opportunity to teach our students that everyone can make a difference for someone through simple acts of kindness.

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

The joy it gave to students who were able to help someone else.

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

Open a subsidiary in Texas so we can come and help pack the boxes.

February 9, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 9, 2011

It gave me great pride to donate to a cause that will enrich the lives of those who serve for the USA, and at the same time honor my father,uncle and great uncle for their service from WWII ,Korea and Viet Nam.

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I have not been a recipient.

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None that I can think of.

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