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Operation Bandanas for Bragg, dba Operation Bandanas

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Christianity, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Military & Veterans Organizations, Religion, Veterans

Mission: Ministering to our military with a Psalm 91 bandana, one soldier at a time.

Results: As of 9/11/11, Operation Bandanas has provided 180,000 Psalm 91 bandanas to our deployed troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. By year's end, we fully expect 200,000 bandanas to have been provided. We have donors from all over the country now. What started as a ministry to cover and bless deploying Ft. Bragg soldiers, has turned into a nationwide ministry of spiritual support and encouragement.

Target demographics: Our deployed military. Also, those serving in other parts of the world away from their families and home.

Direct beneficiaries per year: approximately 40,000

Geographic areas served: Whereever our military are training and preparing to deploy, and those deployed and serving in hostile environments and around the world.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Board Member

Rating: 5

I was in the Sunday school class where Mary Gray first announced that the Lord was calling her to establish the Bandanas ministry. Our Sunday school class has helped her raise money to purchase bandanas for the soldiers every since that day. I am one of the original board members and have watched in amazement how that we have gone from trying to raise funds to purchase the first 100 bandanas to now having given 100,000 bandanas to soldiers all over the world. The life changing testimonies from both the soldiers who receive these "free" bandanas and from the chaplains who distribute them are so encouraging to Mary, her board members, and all christians who know about this ministry. The Lord is truly in this ministry as it has now spread all over the USA. Mary has spread the message about this ministry through issuing a monthly news letter, traveling all across the country telling about the ministry, & writing numerous articles about the ministry. People, organizations & churches all over the country are now raising money to purchase bandanas with a goal of giving a bandanas to every deployed soldier.

Review from Guidestar


Board Member

Rating: 5

As President of the Board of Directors of Operation Bandanas for the past 15 months, as well as a Board Member and volunteer since its inception in 2006, I have been truly blessed by my association with this wonderful ministry. Also serving as webmaster for our website, I never cease to be touched by the many heartfelt thank you's and requests we receive from our Servicemen and women. Mary Gray's God-given inspiration to establish this ministry has not only reached out to over 104,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines but also has blessed every single volunteer who has ever worked with Operation Bandanas.


Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a part of OpBan since 6/08. It has been a real blessing to work along side of Mary Gray, Executive Director, and see her level of commitment I have helped fold bandanas and assisted in some of the administrative duties. It seems so amazing that what seems like a small effort can make such a positive impact on those who receive these ban- danas. God truly gets glory in even our small efforts.

Review from Guidestar