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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

42 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar

Shari G.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Mary W.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar