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Operation Troop Appreciation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

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 163,000 members of the military and veteran community and have done so with a 100% volunteer staff, ensuring that 95 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

Community Stories

255 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I give this organization a 5 Star Rating. They are an amazing organization and have been fully supportive of all of our needs as deployed Soldiers. We really appreciate this organization and would recommend them to anyone. Thanks again to Kristen Holloway and Operation Troop Appreciation

Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation Troop Appreciation (OTA) was an awesome Moral booster during my first deployment. I would personally want to thank every last sponsor in this program on behalf of my entire Battalion. We will never ever be able to truly repay you for your kind gesture and words cannot even describe how you have changed our lives. Thank you for being such a wonderful organization and for reaching out to us all the way on the other side of the world.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

OTA through Kriten Holloway supported my husbands troop in Afghanistan for the last six months. January-August 2015.
This organization was eafer to help and wven asked for special requests. They sent everything on the list and more. Many soldiers have needs like allergy free foods and as expensive as they are they sent it all!
Thank ya'll so much for the support it was truly appreciated!

-Bradbury

Client Served

Rating: 5

Assisted to create warm 'homes' for returning troops.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I recently heard of OTA from another unit. I am assisting in putting together 40 welcome home baskets for the single soldiers returning home from deployment.

I contacted OTA and received a response within 24 hours and the items were purchased for us within 48 hours. They provided granted my wish list for these men and more! It was such a blessing to receive the sheets (and the blankets on the way). Thank you. OTA! You guys are amazing!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I started volunteering for OTA several years ago, I never thought it would become as big of a part of my life as it has. I have been fortunate to work with wonderful people for one of the best causes I can think of. I love packing the boxes for the deployed soldiers and trying to find the perfect items to make their days better. now with the Welcome Home Program for Veterans, I get to do the same thing on a more individual level. It has been my pleasure to help the men and women who keep us safe for the past several years and I can't wait to see what awesome things OTA does for them in the next several!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a sailor in the United States Navy. My command and I were out on a 9 month deployment in the Middle East. I found this nonprofit online and emailed them hoping to hear any kind of response. Not only did they email me back right away but they fulfilled my request and then some. My shop requested an XBOX. They sent out the XBOX with games and controllers and filled the package with tons of snacks and candy bars, as well as, Letters from classrooms back in the states. The entire experience was pretty amazing. I'm very grateful for what Operations Troop Appreciation does. Thank you guys so much!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering for OTA is like having an amazing, wonderful extended family. When you volunteer with OTA you not only get a chance to give back to the men and women sacrificing for our freedom (when you help pack their wish list items), but you also have the opportunity to support Veterans through OTA's welcome home program. Every volunteer is compassionate, caring and many have become close friends. OTA is an amazing organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is a pleasure to serve OTA, and to know that our help is making a huge impact on our troops and returning veterans. The emails, hone calls and letters from those who benefit from OTA are the most rewarding feedback we could received.

2 Barb11

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer for Operation Troop Appreciation I am honored to be able to put my skills and efforts to use for this organization. Their ongoing efforts to support both deployed and veteran military members for their service is not only commendable, it is truly amazing. I have seen this first hand and cannot be more pleased that I chose OTA when I decided to become a volunteer. OTA is totally 100% volunteer with no paid employees including the officers, Board of Directors and CEO! All work together in support of those who serve or have served.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation Troop Appreciation is an organization that works tirelessly to go above and beyond to fullfill the needs and wish lists of troops on the front lines. Packages that are sent are not only custom tailored with the items that each unit specifically requests but also includes cards, letters and "surprise" items to raise the morale of our deployed troops. They do their best to make sure our gals and guys know those of us back home truly care and have not forgotton about their sacrifices to ensure that our country is safe. I couldn't be more proud to be a small cog in the wheel that helps to keep the boxes flowing to those that need it. Those involved with OTA truly care and are dedicated to our troops and ensure that they know it!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation Troop Appreciation made a tremendous impact on the morale of our unit! They were responsive to our request and followed up to make sure everything was delivered in a timely manner. Our unit greatly appreciates this organization and looks forward to supporting it in the future. Thank you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation Troop Appreciation went above and beyond in their support of our Troop in Afghanistan. They responded quickly to each email and wanted to ensure that we had all the support we required. Within two weeks our wish list was delivered and it was an incredible morale booster for the Soldiers. Thank you OTA!!!!!

2 Jeffery L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Responded quickly to all correspondence and was able to donate the items we requested. The stuff we received was amazing and boosted the morale of our deployed service members exponentially. OTA is a great organization and is very appreciated by our troops out here!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't thank Operation Troop Appreciation(OTA) for all the support and love they sent our way. One of the best organizations to sponsor our unit. The goodies and snacks were the best. Thank you so much for all the support!!!


455th EAMXS C-130J Maintance unit, Bagram Afghanistan

Client Served

Rating: 5

OTA is a wonderfully thoughtful organization! We worked at the Role III MMU (Trauma Hospital) in Kandahar – caring for the wounded, ill, and injure. The OTA care packages were a treat for the caregivers – many who work in 24/7 operational settings. Not every Soldier, Sailor or Marine may receive a care package from friends or family back home – OTA ensures every service member is cared for. THANK YOU!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

"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

Amy_200

Donor

Rating: 5

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!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.