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It's a great feeling to know that people still care

Operation Gratitude:
Thank you for the package that you sent to me. It's a great feeling to know that people still care, even for people they don't know. Thanks again and God bless. Happy Holidays. E.A.E.

It is good to know that people care so much about us to send us things to raise

For all those involved with Operation Gratitude: Thank you for caring so much to develop this program. It is good to know that people care so much about us to send us things to raise our morale. It is good to hear that we are thought of by the folks back in the States. Thank you once again for the gifts. I'll put them to maximum use.
Truly, SPC Y.

THANK YOU FOR THIS PROGRAM AND TO ALL WHO ARE INVOLVED.

MRS. BLASHEK,
I WANT TO EXPRESS MY SINCERE GRATITUDE FOR YOUR ENDLESS WORK TO MAKE OUR LIVES A LITTLE EASIER. THANK YOU FOR THIS PROGRAM AND TO ALL WHO ARE INVOLVED.
SGT H.R.

Your organization definately made my day a little bit brighter.

Thank You,
I received a care package from you today and I wanted to thank you for the time and effort that went into making the package for myself and my soldiers. Please pass on my thanks to the organizations that donated their products for the soldiers. Please thank the volunteers for their time and effort in preparing
my package. Your organization definately made my day a little bit brighter. Thanks for all that you do in support of the United States Military.
SFC B. W. Iraq

Hi!!! First, I would like to thank you for the package you sent me.

This very card came from it. Whenever a box from home comes our way, it is like Christmas, and at Christmas, even more so (we are supposed to be grown, but we will always be kids at heart). When I can, I will send you a picture of some of the people you made happy. It takes time to get film developed here. We know you care and pray for us but don't worry because we all are confident we will be ok.
Thanks again. SSG J.Q.

I was surprised to receive the package because it came unexpectedly.

To Whom it Concerns:
Thank you! I have received your package from Operation Gratitude and can't thank you enough. I was surprised to receive the package because it came unexpectedly. Many other soldiers received packages as well & I am glad to say it lifted all of our spirits. Keep up the great work.
Sincerely,
PV2 M.N.

Thank You for the package of wonderful items.

Operation Gratitude,
Thank You for the package of wonderful items. Fellow soldiers and myself appreciate those businesses and organization, which combined their efforts to make our holidays special during our mission here in Iraq.
Appreciate Your Support,
CW3 R. F.
Baghdad Iraq

The troops don’t so much need actual things as they need appreciation and support

By Emily Louise Zimbrick –
The Washington Times
Published September 29, 2003

With Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz announcing the likelihood of troops remaining in Iraq “right through the end of next year,” charities see an even greater need to send care packages to U.S. service members abroad.
“It is even more important now. Troops need to receive thoughts and sentiments,” said Carolyn Blashek, founder of Operation Gratitude, a nonprofit organization that sends packages to U.S. soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen. “The troops don’t so much need actual things as they need appreciation and support.”

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