WE PREFER DELIVERY OF ITEMS DURING THE FOLLOWING TIMES:
MARCH 15-June 5 for the Patriotic Drive
SEPTEMBER 15-DECEMBER 5 for the Holiday Drive
We accept Letters, Paracord Bracelets and Financial Donations year-round.
Shipping information below.
Have you checked out the Operation Gratitude Wish List on Amazon.com?
What’s great about this Amazon.com “Wish List” is that our supporters can easily see what we need for our care packages and place an order online without having to deal with the hassle of boxing up and shipping the items to us — Amazon.com and the various vendors take care of all that, and many of the items qualify for FREE shipping! Read more on our Blog Post
Provide items from the Wish List (Please provide new items only; shipping address below):
Knit Hats, Scarves, Neck Gators (see directions links below or here: Scarves)
Yarn for our knitters to make scarves
Paracord Survival Bracelets (see more info here: Bracelets )
Beanie Babies, Webkinz or other Small Plush Toys (6 inches or smaller)
Halloween Candy– More info: Halloween Website Halloween Facebook Page
Socks (preferably black, brown, green, tan; not white)
iPods, DVDs and CDs, Video Games, Computer Flash Drives,
Headsets (earpiece and microphone) and WebCams
Gift Cards to chain stores such as supermarkets, drugstores, Walmart or Target for Wounded Warriors
Energy Bars, Beef Jerky, Healthy Snacks
Commercially sealed Lip Balm, toothpaste, toothbrushes, roll-on deodorant
Individually packaged razors
Travel-Size Board Games, Handheld electronic games
Comic Books in perfect condition
Bandana Coolers/Cool-Ties*, Mini-Battery-operated Fans
Hand and Foot Warmers
Single Serving Boxes of Cold Cereal; Individual Packets of Hot Cereal
Commercially wrapped individual packets of Trail Mix, Nuts, Energy Bars, Sunflower Seeds, Candy
Ready To Eat Tuna or Chicken Salad kits
Boxes of Girl Scout Cookies
Packets of Powdered Hot or Cold Beverages
Individual packets of moist towelettes
Travel Size containers of Foot Powder
Screen Printed T-Shirts, Baseball Style Caps, Gloves
Holiday and General Occasion Greeting Cards (blank)
Unsealed personal cards and letters
Used Cell Phones, Video Games and Systems, iPods, PDAs, Ink-jet Cartridges
PLEASE NOTE: EXCEPT AS STATED IN THE ABOVE LIST, WE ONLY ACCEPT TOILETRIES FROM MANUFACTURERS
* Here are great craft projects for school, scout, social and community groups:
Knit/Crochet Scarves: Feel free to use your own pattern or
contact us at: OpGrat@gmail.com or find details here: Handmade Scarves and Hats
We want to include a Knit/Crochet scarf in every Holiday Care Package (at least 60,000!)–Please spread the word about this project. Encourage knitting groups, blogs and websites to support us!
Paracord “Survival” Bracelets: Easy and fun to make; potentially life-saving for our Troops and First Responders
For more information and Instructions: Survival Bracelets
Community Service Opportunity: Operation Gratitude will issue 1 hour of Community Service Credit for every 5 Bracelets donated.
Neck Warmers/”Gators” Directions:
Please see: Gators
Please use tan, brown, desert camouflage or other neutral colored cotton or material.
Your only shipping cost is in sending the items to Operation Gratitude. However, any contributions toward the cost of shipping the packages overseas ($15/package) would be greatly appreciated.
Please mail checks separately from cartons of items.
To donate online, click this button:
Support for Veterans Groups: Operation Gratitude has an active and growing Veterans Care Package Program, delivering care packages to veterans through VA facilities, hospitals, nursing homes and Veterans groups. In addition, Operation Gratitude donates excess products to local organizations that serve Veterans in need due to illness/disability, homelessness, or substance abuse. Beneficiaries include: The Sepulveda and West Los Angeles VA Hospitals, New Directions and Women in Need.
**Wounded Warrior Care Package Program:
Operation Gratitude works with representatives at Military hospitals and Wounded Warrior Transition Units to provide care packages for Wounded Warriors/Veterans to let them know they are never forgotten.
Recognizing that Warriors when first injured are most concerned with the well-being of their comrades still on the frontlines, we also offer a service to send care packages to the wounded’s buddies. Not only does this let the downrange troops know their wounded comrade is thinking about them, but most importantly, it helps the wounded feel they are still contributing to the mission and supporting their comrades.
If you would like to send letters specifically for our wounded heroes, please send them in a separate envelope marked “Wounded Warriors.”
Special Items needed for Wounded Warrior Care Packages:
Gift Cards to chain stores such as supermarkets, drugstores, Walmart or Target
Entertainment Items (DVDs, CDs, new magazines and paperback books)
iPods, DVD Players
Crossword and Sudoko Books
Jigsaw Puzzles (in small boxes)
Model kits (planes, cars, ships, etc)
Click for Flyers:
10 Easy Ways To Support Our Troops
Letter Writing for Teachers
Battalion Buddy Program
Hand Made Items: Scarves and Cool-Ties
Recycle Cell Phones
Donate Your Car
Organize a Collection Drive
Girl Scouts: Troops to Troops
1. Donation Form:
Please print out this form: Donation Form, complete it and include a completed form in EVERY carton you send to Operation Gratitude. This form is required in order to receive an acknowledgment of receipt from us. If you cannot access the link, please email us to receive a copy.
2. Dates to Ship:
a. We prefer to receive donated Wish List items during these periods:
March 15 to May 5 & September 15 to December 5
b. We accept Letters, Paracord Bracelets and Financial Donations year-round.
3. ADDRESS: Ship donated items, with this Donation Form (click to access) to:***
Operation Gratitude/California Army National Guard
17330 Victory Boulevard
Van Nuys, CA 91406
Attn: Rich Hernandez
***In order to receive an acknowledgment for donated items, you must include this Donation Form inside every carton. If sending more than one carton, a Donation Form must be included in each carton. Please indicate the total number of cartons being sent so we can be sure we have received all of them.
NOTE: ITEM DONATIONS SENT TO ANY OTHER ADDRESS WILL BE RETURNED TO SENDER!
4. Financial donations:
If you are also sending checks, please send separately from items/letters (to avoid losing them) with a note referencing the item/letter donation to:
16444 Refugio Road
Encino, CA 91436
6. Shipping Tips:
a. Feel free to use any size cartons–whatever you have on hand or can easily find.
b. The ideal carton size is: 24″ x 24″ x 20″ or smaller.
c. To protect your item donations in the event of box damage during transit, we suggest you enclose the contents in a ziplock or other sealable plastic bag.
d. Please use the most economical method from your location. You can check the websites of the various shippers (UPS, USPS, Fed-Ex, DHL) and get their respective prices based on weight and size of package. Some of these outlets are allowed to offer discounts, as they are owned as franchises.
e. You can also check with local moving or freight companies–they may be willing to add your donation to their load for very little money (or for free) if they are heading this way anyway.
f. If funds for shipping are an issue, you can check with local Veterans’ groups and/or civic organizations (Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions) to see if any would partner with you to cover the shipping.
g. Thank you for understanding that Operation Gratitude cannot pay for shipping donations to our facility, as we need every penny of our funds to pay the cost of sending the care packages to the troops: $15/package.
a. All financial donations will be acknowledged.
b. If you would like to receive an acknowledgment for donated items, you must include this Donation Form (click to access) inside every carton in your shipment.
c. Acknowledgment letters will be sent within three (3) months.
d. Operation Gratitude is a 501(c)(3) organization; donations are tax deductible as provided by law.
8. Confirmation of Delivery:
** If you want confirmation of delivery on your shipment to us prior to receipt of our acknowledgment letter, please use the tracking system provided by your shipper.
9. Use of Donations:
Operation Gratitude welcomes donations of all products in furtherance of its mission to support our Military. We reserve the right to determine the appropriate use of each donated item, including but not limited to inclusion in our care packages, donation to Military bases or other charities, and/or for fundraising or volunteer appreciation purposes.