OPERATION TROOP APPRECIATION
Rating: 4.99 stars 212 reviews
Location: Century III Mall 3075 Clairton Blvd. West Mifflin PA 15123 USA
Results: Since July of 2004, OTA has provided support to over 136,000 members of the military and veteran community and have done so with a 100% volunteer staff, ensuring that 98 cents of every dollar is used to fund troop and veteran support projects.
Target demographics: military members and veterans
Direct beneficiaries per year: 20,000 members of the military and veteran communities
Geographic areas served: Pittsburgh, PA
Programs: Sponsor A Unit Collection Drive Welcome Home Kits
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This organization is amazing at what they do. They are relentless at meeting requests. When most people, including myself, would have given up, Kristen Holloway kept pushing to get me and my guys our TV and Xbox 360. There was a situation of not being able to send things to our APO address, and Kristen worked hard and never stopped trying to get us everything we requested. Now we have been supplied with a entertainment system all thanks to Operation Troop Appreciation!
OTA was the single, most wonderful care package my Soldiers and I received. OTA allows you to give a "wishlist" of items you actually need, while other organizations stuff boxes with random odds and ends. Kristin was very polite, and caring in her emails to schedule shipment, and clarify if our wishlist had changed since submission. She also checked if everything arrived fine.
OTA is an outstanding organization, and I couldn't have asked for more support... actually, I didn't even have to ask OTA.
"People Will Forget What You Said. People Will Forget What You Did. But People Will Never Forget How You Made Them Feel" ~ Anonymous Quote. To: Operation Troop Appreciate Your Support Is Second To None! You Have Contributed Greatly To Something Incredible -- The Lives of Men and Women That Have Chosen To Serve In The Armed Forces. Your Thoughts, Prayers and Care Package Gifts of Kindness Have Made a Positive Difference In Our Lives Overseas. With a Heart of Gratitude We Say Thank you. From: Chief Warrant Officer - US Army Central - CJTF/OIR - Engineers
Every year for his birthday, my oldest son and I chose an organization to collect for in leiu of presents. This passed year we did Operation Troop Appreciation and it was the most precious experience for our whole family. We look forward to donating to them again this year!!
Kristin for OTA has been amazing! I really do not know how to thank her enough for everything that she has done for my troops and I. Her professionalism and compassion for the troops is uncanny. Seeing that there are still people and organizations out there doing their best for us troops is amazing.
In 2010 my unit was deployed to Afghanistan in a remote location, and I inquired about a nonprofit organization to help out my Soldiers. OTA came through and my Soldiers were very grateful for the many items that were sent. Today, I still have former Soldiers emailing me about that experience from OTA and their kind gesture. Now, again in 2014, I'm deployed with a new unit to Afghanistan, and OTA came through once again without hesitation. I spoke to my current Soldiers how OTA sent packages to my last unit deployed. They were surprised that there is a nonprofit organization that would go above and beyond to take care of Soldiers. They had a first hand experience to see some of the items and packages that OTA kindly put together to ensure safe delivery. On behalf of my current and former unit, thanks OTA for all that you do to continue supporting our great servicemen and women.
The Marines and Sailors I am serving with in Afghanistan are very grateful for the packages thta OTA has sent us. The organization obviously takes great care in choosing what they send us. The gifts are always very useful and appreciated. Thanks OTA!
A number of us are deployed overseas for a year. A friend who had also used this great Non-profit organization told me to look them up. I sent them an email with items we were in need of but found difficult to get. They replied and full-filled my request very quickly. A few weeks later we received many of the items we requested and in quantities to share with everyone. I was very pleased with the service and will suggest them to all deployed soldiers in need of anything. Thank you to Kristen Holloway and everyone who gave. May God Bless you all for taking the time to let us know you care.
My unit is deployed overseas for nine month tour. A fellow soldier told me about this great Non-profit organization named OTA. I looked them up online and immediately sent them an email. Within days they replied and full-filled my request and a timely manner. A few weeks later we received all the things we requested and enough to sure with everyone. I was really pleased with the service and will suggest them to all deployed soldiers in need of anything.
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This organization brought a comforting piece of home to a unit thousands of miles away from their family and loved ones. 5 stars