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Holiday Drive Update

posted on Nov 20 2005 0 Comments


November 2005


Operation Gratitude Update

The Holiday Drive Has Begun!

Dear Friends,

The Operation Gratitude Holiday Drive kicked off over the Veteran’s Weekend and was a huge success! With rock music blaring, more than 1000 volunteers assembled, labeled and shipped 16,028 packages at a record-setting pace!

And to everyone’s surprise and delight, the first package has already been received by a sailor deployed in the Persian Gulf:

“Greetings, I received my package today and the gratitude shown by your organization is so appreciated. As you already know I am deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and receiving mail is one of the highest morale boosters for everyone deployed away from their families. I wanted to express my deepest appreciation and say Happy Holidays to everyone at Operation Gratitude. God Bless With great respect and admiration.” YN1 C.O.


There is still time to join our 3rd Annual Operation Gratitude Holiday Drive to send at least 30,000 care packages addressed to individual service members. The Holiday Drive will continue during the Thanksgiving Weekend, November 25-27 and throughout December.
We need donations! Urge your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and colleagues to organize Collection Drives and Letter Writing Campaigns. Help us reach our goal of sending the 100,000th Operation Gratitude care package by year end!!

We will be accepting Wish List items and Letters through December 15. Please send your donations to:

Operation Gratitude~~ 16444 Refugio Road~~ Encino, California 91436

OR drop them off at your local participating Jeep dealer.


How You Can Get Involved

We Need Your Help!

Every American can participate in our Holiday Drive—by:
#1: Writing personal letters

#2: Providing items from the Wish List, and dropping them off at your local participating Jeep dealer or shipping directly to us

#3: Joining our enthusiastic team of volunteers in Van Nuys to assemble and ship the packages during November and December (email our Volunteer Coordinator for more details: pennyalfonso @yahoo.com )

#4: By donating funds to pay the overseas shipping expenses of the packages

By joining together we can ensure that at least 30,000 troops, plus their comrades, will have a package to open for the Holidays and a reminder that people at home appreciate their sacrifice!



What We Are Looking For

Chaplains and Commanders have sent us special requests for the men and women who are currently deployed. This year, we are especially looking for:

  • Computer Flash Drives
  • DVDs
  • CDs
  • Hand-held Games
  • Beanie Babies
  • AA Batteries
  • Energy Bars
  • Jerky
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Trail Mix

For the complete Wish List, please visit the www.operationgratitude.com website. And nothing could be better than writing lots of personal letters of thanks to our heroes! Teachers, scout leaders and parents: This is a great project for your children. Please be sure to include an email and mailing address in every letter so the recipients can write back.



We thank our many generous donors for their past and present kindness. The overall cost of sending each Operation Gratitude package overseas averages $10-15 Financial donations to Operation Gratitude, a 501 (c)(3), all-volunteer, non-profit organization, are devoted to shipping and communication costs and are tax deductible. If you wish to join our donor network, your check, made out to Operation Gratitude, can be mailed to:
Operation Gratitude~~ 16444 Refugio Road~~ Encino, California 91436

Please mail checks separately from cartons of items. All financial donations will be acknowledged. If you would like to receive an acknowledgment for donated items, please include your name and address inside the shipment. Acknowledgments will be sent within three months.



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“I would like to say thank you for this goodie box. What you are doing means a lot to the service men and women, it brings morale up knowing that there are people like you out there who are thinking about us and remember that we are still out here. Once again thank you. P.S. I got a box of caramel delite Girl Scout cookies and on the box is a note from someone by the name of Brooke. I would like you to tell her thank you and let her know that mint ones are good my daughter loves the mint ones too but these caramel delites are the best. Thank you again.” ABF3 D.G.

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MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Say “Thank You” to our brave men and women who are spending the holidays in harm’s way. Show you care by writing letters and sending items today!


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