By sending the letters out here it makes me think “Wow, we are not doing this because it’s our job, we are doing this to protect the very people that appriciate us going out to the world to keep them safe!”
I am EM3 B.S.A. aboard DDG-70, The USS ****, and I’d like to thank you for taking the time and effort to create and send the packages out to our ship here in the Persian Gulf. Being so far from home in a foreign land tends to make us think about our personal wants instead of the overall mission of why we are out here; to defend the great nation of The United States of America and its loyal citizens. By sending the letters out here it makes me think “Wow, we are not doing this because it’s our job, we are doing this to protect the very people that appriciate us going out to the world to keep them safe!” That makes it all worth while knowing that people back home are praying for us and wishing us the best while we carry out our mission. We just back from a 40 day period out at sea and as you could guess a lot of the sailors are ready to take it easy in port and the faces I saw lit up when they saw the “operation gratitude” labeled packages was so many it seemed almost too many to count. Once again thank you for the support you all are giving us as we complete our mission out here. On a personal note, thanks a bunch for the toiletrees; my job more often than not involves me crawling into some pretty grimey places, haha. I also would like to send a very special thanks to Desiree for the cute kitten card and envelope of colorful hearts.
Sincerely, EM3 A.
I treasure your letters and cards more than the rest of the care package
The items & letters really lift our spirits out here
On behalf of me and my brothers and arms, thank you very much for the care package. The items & letters really lift our spirits out here. From the comic books to the CDs to the candy we really appreciate all the effort you put forth in sending this to us. I cant thank you enough and I’ll try to post a picture of me and my shipmates with the items when I get a chance. Thanks again for supporting us!
ABE3 (AW) D.B.
The kindness that you show us makes deployments much more bearable when we can’t be home with our loved ones!
I just received your care package in the mail today and I am extremely grateful for everything that you did for me and what you continue to do for all our men and women in uniform! Thank you so very much! The kindness that you show us makes deployments much more bearable when we can’t be home with our loved ones!
Today my division received a round of care packages from Operation Gratitude, and I saw all of that sadness melt away
I am currently deployed with USS ***** operating within the Navy’s 5th Fleet AOR and times can be challenging in such a high op tempo area with so much going on. Thanksgiving was spent out here with my shipmates, and even though we had a good dinner in each other’s company, it is still hard to spend such a family oriented holiday away from loved ones. Knowing that Christmas will be spent much the same had a lot of us feeling down and thinking about how much we miss our families. Today my division received a round of care packages from Operation Gratitude, and I saw all of that sadness melt away. We excitedly read our letters to each other, bartered the essential trade items (such as 5 hour energy shots and cold medicine), and started a war with the foam footballs. The beanie babies we got all are being proudly displayed on one of our shelves, so that we can see them every day and know that folks out there truly appreciate what we do.
Thank you so much for such a wonderful gift, especially during a difficult holiday season spent away from home. What Operation Gratitude is doing is incredible and we want you to know that service members everywhere appreciate you, too!
IT2 (SEL) H.
It means so much to be thought of, especially during this time of year
My name is C and I received a Christmas Package from Operation Gratitude. I want to say thank you! It means so much to be thought of, especially during this time of year. I appreciate the time that was taken to put this together. Happy Holidays from the USS B!!!
Some of the letters the kids wrote made us all laugh
Thank you very much for your care packages. It really made our day, especially some of the letters the kids wrote made us all laugh. Thanks for what you do. I’ll send some pics later on. This was us in the Philippines.
The small gesture goes a long way!
Dear Operation Gratitude,
It means a lot to all of us over here to know that we have the public’s support
We received your package and wanted to say, Thanks so much for your support. It means a lot to all of us over here to know that we have the public’s support. One thing I tell everyone is that Americans may be disgusted with the action in Afghanistan, but they support the men and women over here.
Thanks again for the packages and we will try and get some pictures to you soon.
Yet my “brother” has never gotten one scrap of mail since we’ve deployed… until today
To everyone at “Operation Gratitude”, for all the goodies, especially to Angela, Anna, Allison, and Joshua for your letters, and cards.
I am a Marine serving on a ship for an expeditionary unit. We are doing a lot of training with other countries as well as responding to disasters or conflicts in areas of need around the world.
Yesterday, Thanksgiving, was a lonely day for me. I am recently married and this is my first deployment, which is very hard for a new couple. The stresses of work and being away from those I love, particularly on special days, make things seem cloudy and dark. So I want to sincerely thank you for the package I got today. It made the sun come out of my cloudiness and I felt good all day.
A buddy of mine whom I work with all the time is like a brother to me. I know he doesn’t write” thank you”s, but I want you know how much this meant to him. I feel self-centered to say “I feel lonely” when I get letters from friends and family all the time. Yet my “brother” has never gotten one scrap of mail since we’ve deployed… until today. He also received one of your packages and though he didn’t say anything, he smiled all day. I know he was very grateful for it.
Thank you again and please continue to send your packages so that servicemen/women like me and my “brother” have some sunshine on a cloudy day.
God bless and have a wonderful holiday season.
LCpl K.T., USMC