OPERATION TROOP APPRECIATION

Rating: 4.99 stars   213 reviews

Issues: Veterans

Location: Century III Mall 3075 Clairton Blvd. West Mifflin PA 15123 USA

Mission: To build and sustain the morale and well being of the military community, past and present, with the assurance that the American public supports and appreciates their selfless service and daily sacrifices.
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
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 81-0651982
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Rating: 5 stars  

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!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been donating money and goods to ota since my son came home from the marines after doing 2 tours in Iraq. I would send him and his guys boxes and boxes of stuff every month. he said they appreciated it so much. after he came home and told me so many of the guys didn't get packages from their family and the things I sent meant a lot to these men. in 2007, when he came home, I wanted to continue to send things they needed or wanted and someone told me about ota. I do what I can and know that all the money goes to fill the wishlists of our troops.

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

do nothing. they are wonderfully organized and efficient.

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Wonderful organization with amazing volunteers to support our troops. The amount of time and thought that goes into each care package, and the little overhead they have shows they are 100% commintment they have to our troops.

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization goes above and beyond to provide necessities for our troops overseas! I have been donating items to OTA for over 5 years to help bring smiles to soldiers' faces. When thank you notes and pictures from the soldiers are posted on OTA's Facebook page, it lets all of us know that what is being done is a great morale booster for them. OTA is a wonderful organization!

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Life-changing

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been donating to OTA for several years. They are a great organization with little overhead due to all of their volunteers. They work hard to get necessary items to our troops who are grateful for the support. They make sure that we see all the thank you notes from the troops. I would highly recommend this organization!

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Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I made my first donation to this organization just the other day and I was so impressed with the organization this group had. The volunteer was very kind and very informative. It was an honor to donate to an organization that takes care of our troops. God Bless you all !! I will be making many more donations in the near future !!!

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 Stars all the way!! It’s an honor to help support such a great organization. OTA has helped so many of our troops in far away places where they can’t or don’t get some of the essential items that we enjoy here at home. My son has been deployed 3 times for a total of 38 months and my wife and I both know what it’s like to have a loved one far away and wanting them to have what they need. OTA steps to the plate here and really comes through for our soldiers. It was a comfort to know we had someone like OTA to turn to and that cares so much for all of our soliders. Thanks OTA - we love you!!

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Operation Troop Appreciation is a wonderful help to our men and women who are selflessly serving our country. They are quick to respond to their needs and help them in any way possible. I am glad that this organization is there to help these fine men and women and I am humbled to give whatever I can to help them do just that.

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

My son has benifited from their help while serving twice in Iraq. I can not believe how many things are not provided to the miltary for the soliders to do their jobs. OTA has provided them with things they NEED to help them do thier jobs.

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

I would get more people to contribute or help them.

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Rating: 5 stars  

From a more or less "grass roots" organization to what OTA has become today says it all! They go wherever and do whatever they have to to find what these troops are asking for and getting whatever it is to whoever has asked for it. I'm amazed more and more every time I read a letter from a grateful serviceman who got a care package from OTA or a CO for a particular unit who thanks OTA for his whole unit. I'm proud to be a small donor but most proud of the people who are working at OTA.

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have read some of the letters from the troops that are stationed in other countries and how appreciative they are to have received a package from someone they don't even know but appreciates what they are doing for their country

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I know that every penny this organization receives goes to help our soldiers

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I cannot suggest any changes

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Rating: 5 stars  

OTA has been instrumental in helping our troops with moral and day to day items that they really need. We owe our soldiers so much for preserving our way of life and OTA is an outstanding vehicle to make this happen. They are selfless in their ongoing chores to make our troops safer and more comfortable. My hat is off to them.

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Through my nephew having served in Iraq, I have seen how much this organization helps keep our troops safer and happier.

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Rating: 5 stars  

OTA was my service project for my Girl Scout Silver Award. I collected Beanie Babies that OTA sent to the troops to give to the children in the wartorn nations where are service men and women are. We also collected items for the troops. The work that OTA is priceless to so many American Soliders. Keep up the good work!!

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

working with them to collect items to send over seas to our troops.

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

like to see more people become involved.

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