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Operation Gratitude Delivers Aboard Big E

posted on Aug 27 2007 0 Comments


Operation Gratitude Delivers Aboard Big E
Story Number: NNS070821-01
Release Date: 8/21/2007 8:00:00 AM


By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jamica Johnson, USS Enterprise Public Affairs


ABOARD USS ENTERPRISE, At Sea (NNS) — Sailors aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65) (Big E) were fortunate enough to receive more than 3,500 care packages Aug. 11, from Operation Gratitude.

Carolyn Blashek and her staff of volunteers at Operation Gratitude, a foundation located out of Encino, Calif., sent the packages.

“The command master chief received an e-mail directly from Operation Gratitude,” said Chief Religious Program Specialist Quatrez Scipio, Religious Ministry Department’s leading chief petty officer. “Carolyn Blashek basically told him about her program and how they like to send packages typically to ground forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, but they were interested in doing some type of project with a ship that was deployed. From there, I sent her the ship’s roster and they got started on the packages.”

Volunteers collected food items, compact discs, letters of appreciation, playing cards and much more, which were placed in boxes and shipped out to the Big E.

“They were so excited to send us these packages. Each package [varied in price, ranging from] $30 to $40 to [initially] put the package together and an additional $10 to send off, which is amazing,” said Scipio. “So then were looking at roughly $50 a package for over 3,000 people, so this is definitely a major undertaking but they love doing it for the Sailors.”

“It was an unexpected gift that I really appreciated, the timing could not have been better,” said Personnel Specialist Seaman Apprentice Ernest Prior. “It had a lot of great things that I really needed. It’s an amazing gesture for people back home to show their gratitude through this program.”

“Inside the boxes the [sender’s] e-mail address and a Web site [were included]. We definitely encourage all the Sailors to send an e-mail greeting, send a simple e-mail to let them know how important and valuable this service is to us Sailors and Marines,” said Scipio. “It’s a wonderful thought when people do things like this in support of the service members and freedom around the world.”

For more news from USS Enterprise, visit www.news.navy.mil/local/cvn65/.


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