Patriotic Drive Media Alert
posted on May 24 2007 0 Comments
MEDIA ALERT: Operation Gratitude Fourth Annual Patriotic Drive Kicks Off During Memorial Day Weekend
During the Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-27, Operation Gratitude, the nonprofit, all-volunteer organization, will commence its Fourth Annual Patriotic Drive, to assemble and mail over 50,000 care packages to reach deployed troops by July 4th.
Operation Gratitude’s ( www.operationgratitude.com ) mission is to put a smile on a service member’s face, lift morale, and express the appreciation of the American people for the sacrifices of the men and women defending our freedom. To date, Operation Gratitude has sent more than 211,000 care packages to troops deployed in harm’s way. For more information on Operation Gratitude’s program to Support Our Troops, click here: Operation Gratitude
On Saturday May 26 and Sunday May 27, members of Operation Gratitude’s 3500+ Volunteer Corps, along with Military personnel will start the Drive to assemble and ship at least 50,000 Patriotic Care Packages filled with Flash Drives, Phone Cards, DVDs and CDs, Mr. Potato Heads, Beanie Babies, Candy, Gum, Cough Drops, Girl Scout Cookies, Bandana Cool-Ties, Skin Care Products, Coffee, Greeting Cards, Batteries, Energy Drinks, T-Shirts, Socks and assorted Snacks.
During the Press Conference scheduled at 11:30 am on Saturday May 26, the organization’s Founder, Carolyn Blashek, will reveal the exciting new item created exclusively for our troops to be shipped in all Operation Gratitude care packages this year!
WHAT: Operation Gratitude 2007 Patriotic Drive
Memorial Day Weekend: May 26-27, 2007
From: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Daily
California Army National Guard Armory
17330 Victory Boulevard
Van Nuys, CA 91406
(Corner of Victory and Louise)
PRESS CONFERENCE: Saturday May 26, 2007 at 11:30 a.m.
Additonal Packing Events will take place at the Armory on the following dates:
June 2 and June 3
June 16 and June 17
June 30 and July 1
All products for the packages have been donated by individuals, organizations, schools, community groups, businesses and more than five dozen Corporate Sponsors (companies that have donated 10,000 items or more). Overall expenses of ~$10-15/package are covered by tax deductible financial donations from citizens across the country.
Operation Gratitude obtains names of troops from their loved ones or from comrades who previously received a package. The vast majority of names are provided by commanders and leaders in the field who have seen first-hand the positive impact of the program on the morale of their Soldiers, Marines, Airmen and Sailors.
WHAT THE TROOPS SAY:
“These gifts were a great morale boost for the entire crew. The support your organization has shown to the Armed Forces personnel is overwhelming. This organization is proof that many Americans do care about our troops serving in harm’s way. Our crew represents almost every state in America. They are men and women that have dedicated their lives to serving their country. All have put “Country” before “Self”. Thank you and your entire organization for your PATRIOTISM. I have served in the United States Navy for over 23 years and these packages are by far the best I have ever seen from any organization.” V/R, CMDCM (SW/AW) SR
“Your teams’ effort and genuine compassion for those who serve is in a word: immeasurable. Recently, while I had (the ever elusive) moment of free time I considered how such an event is orchestrated. It’s almost impossible to comprehend. I extend my personal thanks for all that you do for us here year round. I know that your crew of professionals will continue to hold the benchmark for those who support the troops.” Grateful and sincerely, SSGT WLS JR
About Operation Gratitude
Operation Gratitude ( www.operationgratitude.com ) is the California- based 501 (c) (3) non-profit, all-volunteer organization that sends care packages of snacks, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation addressed to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed in hostile regions such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay and on military ships at sea. Its mission is to lift morale, bring a smile to a service member’s face and to express to all troops the appreciation and support of the American people. For safety and security, all assembling of packages occurs at the Army National Guard armory in Van Nuys, California. Since its inception in March, 2003, Operation Gratitude has shipped more than 211,000 packages to American troops deployed overseas.
Operation Gratitude is now featured on the popular video site, YouTube. To view this short, informative video, check out Operation Gratitude Video