12 Days of Gratitude

Tis the Season for thanks and Giving!

Our 12 Days of Gratitude holiday giving program provides fun and easy opportunities to say thank you to everyone who raised their hand to serve. From November 1122, we will highlight unique giving opportunities and simple ways to express your gratitude to our service members and their families, Veterans and first responders. Your contributions are so important to our mission and will add holiday cheer to everyone who opens our Care Packages.  

Day #1: Flag the FOB to Honor Our Veterans (11/11)

Help remind our nation’s Veterans that their brave and honorable choice to serve our country will always be celebrated and never forgotten. Just $5 sponsors a flag at Operation Gratitude’s Headquarters AND can prepare useful items for a Veteran’s Care Package. Sponsor a flag today!

Day #2: Kendra Gives Back Event (11/12)

Get excited! Kendra Scott has partnered with Operation Gratitude for an in-store/virtual event where 20% of the proceeds from in-store and kendrascott.com sales benefit Operation Gratitude! The in-store event will take place on Veterans Day and the day after. Use promo code: GIVEBACK-CHPAC https://www.kendrascott.com/ After buying your beautiful baubles, feel free to post a selfie with your purchase and tag us at @operationgratitude. 

In-store event takes place in the El Segundo, CA store only. 

Day #3: Colgate (11/13)

We are so proud to partner with Colgate for Day 3 of 12 Days of Gratitude! Check out this amazing deal: For any two Colgate toothpastes 3oz or larger, Irish Spring or Softsoap Bodywash 18oz or larger, Irish Spring 8-bar, Softsoap 11.25oz or 50oz Liquid Hand Soap, Suavitel 46oz or Palmolive 20oz or larger items purchased via the promotion coupon at military commissaries between November 13- December 15, Colgate will donate a trial size toothpaste to be added to our signature Care Packages. Download the coupon now!


Day #4: Letter Writing (11/14)

Letters and notes written by grateful Americans are the most cherished items in our Care Packages. Your heartfelt words mean so much to our service members and first responders. Click here to join our network of letter writers today!


CVS and Hallmark have donated 200,000 Just Because cards that are being added to our Care Packages and they are also hosting a digital letter writing campaign. Join the fun! Visit here for more information.

Day #5: Maurices (11/15) 

Join Operation Gratitude and Maurices to say thank you to all who serve and spread holiday cheer. A portion of the proceeds from your purchases will benefit Operation Gratitude. It’s shopping and giving back made easy! When you buy your shirt, feel free to post a selfie with your purchase and tag us at @operationgratitude. 

Day #6: Support Military Families with Battalion Buddy Teddy Bears (11/16)

Operation Gratitude’s Battalion Buddy program puts a teddy bear into the arms of children whose parents are deployed. Our cuddly Battalion Buddies wear tags that say “I’m your Battalion Buddy and I’m here to keep you company while your Mom or Dad is away. I’m so excited to join your family!” The Operation Gratitude team and Volunteers are often invited to hand-deliver these special bears to show that a grateful nation stands with them during difficult times. 

Volunteer and help us get these bears filled and ready for the kids! Signing up is easy! Click here to volunteer. 

Day #7: Give Back Box (11/17) 

Good news! Operation Gratitude is now partnering with Give Back Box to offer discounted shipping to our Handmade with Love and collection drive donors! All boxes up to 50 pounds qualify for $20 shipping throughout the U.S. The steps are simple. Visit this link and add your label to your cart. Pay for the postage, print your label, put it on your box, and drop it off! It’s that easy! Please note, this label will print with Operation Gratitude’s address, and this postage can ONLY be used to ship your donation to our organization.

Day #8: Make Paracord Lanyards!  (11/18)

On Veterans Day, Operation Gratitude launched our paracord lanyard program, and we are so excited to work with you to get them made and into each Care Package. Paracords can be used to tie up gear, make shelter, fish for food and many other uses, which makes them extremely beneficial outdoors or in an emergency. Making paracord lanyards is easy and a lot of fun! For more information visit our paracord lanyard page.  

Day #9: Volunteer at our Headquarters during the week (11/19) 

Assembly events are wonderful, but the work to put Care Packages into the hands of our service members, first responders, and Veterans happens every day! Volunteer at our headquarters, a.k.a “The FOB,” during the week. The work is just as rewarding as the big assembly events AND just as important. Sign up today to volunteer during the week. We can’t wait to work with you! 

Day #10: Donate your vehicle to support our Veterans (11/20) 

Operation Gratitude proudly partners with Vehicles for Veterans because it allows our supporters to donate their car, truck, boat, or RV to help benefit Veterans throughout the United States. Proceeds from your donation will help fund Care Packages meant to lift the spirits of the Veterans who receive them. Donate your vehicle today! Visit our donation page to get started! 

Day #11: Donate (11/21) 

Just $25 puts a Care Package into the hands of service members, first responders and Veterans. Donate today or Join the Brigade and become part of a national network of monthly givers. 

Day #12: Giving Tuesday is almost here! (11/22) 

The season of thanks and giving is in full swing, and Giving Tuesday is a wonderful opportunity to show gratitude to our service members, first responders and Veterans. Check out our YouGiveGoods or our Amazon Wish List to find the Care Packages products our recipients will enjoy. Happy holidays! Operation Gratitude is so grateful for your support and commitment to our service members.