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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

24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

My son collected items on OTA's "needed items" list in lieu of gifts for his 9th birthday. The volunteers allowed he and a few of his buddies to drop it off and gave them a tour of the facility, telling the kids stories about the people they were helping. They even sent thank you notes and pictures to the kids in the mail. This experience will stay with them forever!

Donor

Rating: 5

So happy to support an organization that supports our troops. I was proud to choose Operation Troop Appreciation to be our designated charity in lieu of flowers when my husband, a Vietnam Vet, passed away this year. In his memory, our family wanted to see our troops honored in a way that many Vietnam vets were not upon their return.

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!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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!

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Tracy29

Donor

Rating: 5

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 !!!

Eileen

Donor

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Chris76

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

When looking for a charity that I could Trust ... I did not have to look further than Operation Troop Appreciation. The young ladies that head this organization ... Kristen and Monica ... are absolutely dedicated to the success. If you are looking for a Charity to Support ... you found it!

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Mark F.

Donor

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization that helps so many in need. America is a greater and stronger country because of Operation Troop Appreciation.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I became involved with OTA after our nephew served 2 tours in Iraq. He told us of many things that we take for granted in our everyday lives that those soldiers do without or must try to purchase on their own. We were fortunate enough to have the financial means to send items to him and his unit but were aware that that may not be the case for everyone. After his time in the military ended we began helping the soldiers of other families through OTA. We consider it an honor to help those who sacrifice so much.

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Donor

Rating: 5

As quartermaster of a VFW Post (6664 Library PA) I am constantly asked to contribute to a number of charities. Our post, as a matter of policy, investigates these appeals for funds. Our investigations - contacting the soliciting organizations requesting the funds for details of the activity of the organization, investigating the non-profit filing requirements (form 990), and contacting other veteran organizations for their input, have convinced us that OTA is a bonafied service organization devoted to servicing our troops during the performance of their service to our country. I am most impressed that OTA's administrative expenses are only 1.5% of the contributions they receive - meaning the 98.5% of the monies raised go to supply our troops with moral boosting items - and, upon review of their federal form 990 that no one is compensated for their involvement in OTA.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I can't say enough great things about OTA. Without them, many of our troops wouldn't have items to help them cope in the field. As a father of an Airborn RANGER Staff Sergeant (I'm pretty proud of that, as you can tell) I couldn't believe the "small" items that were NOT issued to our soldiers going to war. Made me wonder why I was paying taxes if our soldiers weren't equiped with the best items. In the first deployment, in all of that sand, they couldn't get gun cleaning supplies !!!! WHAT !
I sent the entire unit cleaning supplies. That's when I learned about OTA and all they do. Now, no matter how tuff my year is, I donate money to them. Keep up the great work Folks. Hooaah.
D. Wyant

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Ruff T.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am proud to have been one of the very first to contribute to this very worthy organization at the time of its inception. Since then I have contributed what I could, when I could, and have always been amazed at the efficiency with which it is operated. My hat is off to both Kristen and Monica and their "merry band of volunteer heroes". Not only does OTA bring a heart-warming "touch of home" to our brave and selfless troops serving wherever they all called, but OTA is unrivaled in its efficiency. More of my dollar goes directly to the benefit of those that I want to receive it, than any other charitable cause to which I contribute.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a Viet Nam Vet- I can speak to the fact- THE TROOPS MORALE- SOARS- when private donors and groups - send the troops- the care packages!!
Please, I know the stress of our daily lives- but if you can send - OPERATION TROOP APPRECIATION- ANY AMOUNT OF MONEY- You can be sure that a military member- will BE -ELATED - TO RECIEVE A GIFT!

Keep in mind- these MEN AND WOMEN- have placed a comfortable -lifestyle- on hold- as they RISK THEIR LIVES FOR THE SAFETY OF - WE AMERICANS, WE ARE PEOPLE, THAT THE TROOPS DON'T EVEN KNOW- and are making a huge sacrifice.
Please reward our military with a DONATION AND YOUR THANKS AND YOUR PRAYERS!! GOD BLESS THE TROOPS !

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have 2 sons that have been serving in the military for a number of years, both in the states and during Iraqi Freedom and Afghanastin. They love the care packages and the fact that someone here cares for them .
this OTA is an outstanding organization. They make our soldiers feel the support from home. We need more people like this.

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