Operation Gratitude

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Thanks to you all for sending me the care package.

Thanks to you all for sending me the care package. May God forever bless and guide you all through these tough times. SSG J.J.

I think you are doing a great thing with "Operation Gratitude."

Thank you so much for the nice package that you sent me. I enjoyed the goodies inside and was able to share them with the other guys in my unit. I think you are doing a great thing with "Operation Gratitude." Just some feedback: everything made it just fine, nothing melted despite the 110 degree heat. I know how every good "Operation" needs a good AAR (After Action Review)!! Keep up the good work! All of the soldiers over here appreciate the support the U.S. public is giving us. God bless. Sincere thanks, CPT R.N.

Operation Gratitude has really brightened my day

Thank you so much for the package. Operation Gratitude has really brightened my day. I am a 21 year old soldier in the US Army. I am an engineer, a carpentry and mason specialist. We are very busy moving from one mission to the next. Knowing that we have support from Patriots like yourself helps us stay focussed on completing our mission. Our company has been here for 5 months of a one year tour. Everyone appreciates your time and efforts in making one soldier's day go by easier. You have truly made a difference. Thank you. SPC G.P.

Thanks for putting a smile on my husband's face while he is away from home

I just wanted to send a special thanks to everyone that takes part with sending out care pkgs.  I talked to my husband today and he said that he recevied a pkg from you and was thrilled.  He can't say thank you enough for making his day.  It is , as you know, hard being deployed and the little things make it that much easier!  He was suprised by all the items in his pkg and is very thankful to all of you!  Thanks for putting a smile on my husband's face while he is away from home! Sincerely, A Proud Military Wife

EVERYONE HERE REALLY APPRECIATES THE EFFORT

WE ARE CURRENTLY WORKING OVERSEAS SUPPORTING OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM.  I JUST WANTED TO TAKE A MINUTE TO SAY THANK YOU AND LET YOU KNOW THAT EVERYONE HERE REALLY APPRECIATES THE EFFORT THAT YOU AND YOUR SPONSORS PUT FORTH TO SEE THAT WE ALL GOT CARE PACKAGES.  IT WAS SOMETHING WE WEREN'T EXPECTING BUT WERE VERY GLAD TO SEE.  I WON'T TAKE UP TO MUCH OF YOUR TIME BECAUSE I  KNOW YOU ARE VERY BUSY.  ONCE AGAIN THANK YOU VERY MUCH.   YOUR FRIEND SGT L.C.

You showed my son that other Americans care about him.

 Travis received the Operation Gratitude care package and was so thrilled and thankful that someone besides old mom would think of sending him a care package. I think he was amazed that others cared enough to do this. He wanted me to pass on a thank you too. He is working the night shift and has no time for anything but work and sleep right now, he even told me not to expect the weekly phone calls.
Thank you so very much, you showed my son that other Americans care about him. He knows that mom does but he was touched that others do too. This is his second deployment to Iraq and the only care package that he has received from an organization. THANK YOU OPERATION GRATITUDE YOU MADE MY SON'S DAY!. A Proud Mom, D.S.

But there is nothing like a good old fashion letter or package to bring a smile

Well, I was very much surprised to get a package yesterday.  I look at the address and said to the mail clerk, I don't know anyone who lives in Encino.  So it immediately caught my attention.  When I got back to my trailer I was surprised and delighted.  I can use almost everything that you sent to me…and what I don't use will go into the Battalion Day room for anyone who wants it.  Most people who are not in the Military don't realize how important it is to get things from home.  I know with all the instant communications we have now it is easy to stay in touch with everyone.  But there is nothing like a good old fashion letter or package to bring a smile to my face.   I guess I am just old school and like the old fashion way.  Again I would like to thank you for sending me the package, it will be well used.  In fact I will even use the box to send things back home to my family. 
I think I speak for all of us when I say I think you people have the harder job.  But what you are doing is greatly appricated by the soldiers over here. 
Again   Thank you very much for thinking of me. SPC J.T.

It really put a smile on my face.

I would like to take this time to thank all of you, and Natasha Scarlett and Little Ceasar Castro and the rest of the people in Operation Gratitude.  I put Ceasar's note on my wall.   It really put a smile on my face.  The CDs, movies and all the other things you guys sent us put us in a good mood after a hard day of work.  Thank you very much.  Please let everyone know we are thankful for the troubles you went through and the time you took to send the packages.  Thank you very much and God bless you.  Take care and have a wonderful day.  LCPL J.B.

We appreciate everyone that participated in organizing such a wonderful campaign

I would like to take the time to say "Thanks!"  We appreciate everyone that participated in organizing such a wonderful campaign…everyone from the people who organized and planned the fundraising book sales to the special people that took the time to fill the boxes, wrap and mail them off.  Your support and kindness did not go without notice.  Every soldier is not blessed to have a strong support system or be blessed to receive such a nice morale booster in their time of need, and you have been that blessing.  CPT J.J.

It is truly amazing how much some snacks and supplies wll brighten the day of a

Thank you so much for the care packages and notes of support.  It really made my day.  Thank you for all of the goodies too–I enjoyed them and so did all of my soldiers.  It is truly amazing how much some snacks and supplies wll brighten the day of a soldier.  Every soldier in my platoon received a box and they were all greatly appreciated.  Things are not too bad here in Kirkuk; it is still very dangerous, but the living conditions are relatively decent…Our last mission took us into the city of Tikrit, Saddam's hometown. Not exactly the friendliest place I have ever been, but then again there is never a dull moment when we are on a mission.  We got to actually check out one of his palaces, which made for some nice photo ops.  I know they show it on the news, but it really is amazing to see in person.  How a man could live in such absolute luxury and look out his window onto such poverty and squalor, I will never understand.  It definitely validates our reason for being here.  Thank you again for all the packages–they meant  more to my soldiers and me than you will ever know. Your notes thanking us for our service to our wonderful country are truly all the motivation we need.  To know that we are supported from back home makes my heart swell with unbelievable pride.  Respectfully, 1LT M.K.

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