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posted on Apr 22 2007 0 Comments


April 21, 2007
Dear Friends and Supporters,
On May 14, 2007, U.S. Postal Service rates will increase, creating an enormous strain on Operation Gratitude’s budget. I need your help!

The postage cost alone to send each of our care packages will go up $1.05 to $9.15 per package. Our plan is to send 120,000 care packages during 2007 (60,000 during each Drive), which means we need $1.1 Million just to cover our postage expenses this year ($1.2 Million to cover all costs). We have been diligent in keeping all other costs to a bare minimum (still no salaries or rent, most shipping supplies and all items for packages donated, services and equipment discounted; postage represents 92% of our total budget). However, by law, postage costs cannot be negotiated, discounted or donated by the U.S. Postal Service. And because each of our packages is addressed to an individual, the only means of delivery is through the U.S. Postal Service to the Military Post Office (in other words: we cannot use alternative shipping methods).

In order to continue our mission, we only have two choices: drastically reduce the number of packages we send or dramatically increase the funds we raise.

I know you all agree with me that reducing the number of packages we send is not an acceptable option– especially in light of increasing troop deployments and policy issues. Our morale-lifting expressions of appreciation are needed now more than ever.

Your generosity the past 4 years has been extraordinary and has enabled us to touch the lives of more than 211,000 deployed troops and their families. Now I must ask you once again to open your hearts and donate financially, as much as you can, to ensure we can continue sending our Operation Gratitude care packages.

Please encourage everyone you know to join this effort. As we have the last four years, together we can put smiles on the faces of tens of thousands of our courageous troops deployed in harm’s way this year.

Thank you for your continued support and dedication to our brave men and women in uniform.


Carolyn Blashek

p.s. The troops cherish your personal letters–please keep writing them! Checks can be made out to Operation Gratitude and mailed to the address below. On-line donations can be made through the www.operationgratitude.com website. You can monitor our fundraising progress by checking the postage meter on our Home Page!
Operation Gratitude
16444 Refugio Road
Encino, CA 91436


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