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A CNN Interview with Carolyn Blashek

posted on Dec 07 2003 0 Comments

CNN SATURDAY MORNING NEWS

Interview with Carolyn Blashek

Aired November 8, 2003 – 09:24 ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

THOMAS ROBERTS, CNN ANCHOR: You know, you don’t have to be in the military to serve the country. Carolyn Blashek was motivated to enlist after the attacks of 9/11, but she was told that she was too old. Well, that turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Blashek found another way to serve, one that is doing a lot more good than she might have imagined.
Carolyn Blashek join us now live from Encino, California, to talk more about what she is doing with Operation Gratitude.

And Carolyn, great to have you with us this morning.

CAROLYN BLASHEK, OPGRATITUDE.COM (on phone): Well, thank you for having me. I appreciate it.

ROBERTS: OK, so it’s called Operation Gratitude. But let’s explain to everybody, what is this?

BLASHEK: What this is, is, is a way for the American public and for me personally to show our support and appreciation for the troops by sending care packages to them. And the care packages have a whole assortment of items, snacks, entertainment, things like DVDs, CDs, books, cameras, games, phone cards, et cetera.

And it’s really just a way of saying, We’re still thinking about you. We appreciate what you’re doing for us. We recognize that you’ve taken an oath to lay down your life for us, and we are going to thank you and never forget you.

ROBERTS: And Carolyn, just so everybody knows about this, you first went to go enlist after the 9/11 attacks, but were turned away because of age. But then there was another reason that you were also inspired to do this. Will you tell us?

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