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.
As a teacher at a High School, my students have enjoyed the opportunity to make Holiday Cards, Valentine Cards and write letters to the troups. This is an opportunity for the youth to contribute to the needs of those serving our country. Sometimes, it is not just the material items that are needed, but words of love and encouragement. We need to let our troups know how much we value them and want them to be connected to their homeland.