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Ben Affleck Joins Volunteers at Holiday Drive Kick-Off

posted on Nov 13 2007 0 Comments


Operation Gratitude Breaks All Records!
Volunteers assemble 19,596 packages in just 2 days!

Van Nuys, CA; November 13, 2007 – During the Veteran’s Day Weekend, November 10-11, more than 800 volunteers gathered at the National Guard Armory in Van Nuys to kick-off Operation Gratitude’s 5th Annual Holiday Drive to send care packages to deployed troops.

With music blaring, employees from Target, Disney, Warner Brothers, Boeing, Time Warner Cable and the California Escrow Association joined Service Members, Veterans, church and temple groups, schools, scouts and hundreds of new and returning volunteers to assemble and ship an unprecendented 19,596 care packages, averaging a staggering 1900 packages per hour, and bringing our overall tally to: 278,947 care packages sent to our troops!


Hollywood Star Works the Line Ben A on Line

To the surprise and absolute delight of all the Volunteers, Actor Ben Affleck arrived at the Armory Saturday morning and jumped right on the Assembly Line, filling care packages, labeling the boxes, and writing customs forms.  Wearing the newly designed Operation Gratitude T-shirt and graciously taking pictures with every person who asked, Mr. Affleck also spoke to the crowd of over 500 Volunteers about the importance of their work and the need to let our troops know we support and appreciate them.   Affleck promised the crowd he would continue to promote the cause and try to bring greater awareness to the wonderful work of Operation Gratitude.


More Exciting Guests and Events Upcoming

SPC Alfonso Sanchez, the recipient of Operation Gratitude’s 250,000th care package while deployed in Baghdad last summer, just returned to the States last week and will be at the Armory over the Thanksgiving Weekend, November 23-24 to thank all the Volunteers in person!

On December 1, Operation Gratitude will be honored to host the legendary Lt. General Hal Moore, the co-author of the book, and inspiration for the movie, “We Were Soldiers.”  Following a morning of assembling packages and a special award ceremony at noon (details to be announced soon), General Moore will autograph books, and visit with our dedicated Volunteers.
Another record within reach: On December 15, 2007, Operation Gratitude will assemble and ship its 300,000th care package!  Lots of surprises and special guests will add to that milestone celebration.
For more information on all Volunteer activities, visit the Volunteer Section of the Operation Gratitude website.

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