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Operation Gratitude Hits Two Major Milestones on Same Day

posted on Dec 10 2007 0 Comments


As 5th Annual Holiday Drive Continues

Van Nuys, CA – December 11, 2007 – Following five weekend days marked by hundreds of volunteers shipping thousands of Holiday Care Packages, Operation Gratitude Director of Operations, Charlie Othold, announced today that the organization will reach an unprecedented production milestone on Saturday, December 15, 2007: the assembly of its 300,000th CARE PACKAGE!!

Othold expects the 300,000th package to hit the Assembly Line during the 11:00am-12:00 noon hour on Saturday, December 15th.

In addition to regular Wish List items provided by more than 150 Corporate Sponsors and Friends, and by tens of thousands of individual donors across the country, the 300,000th Care Package will include the keys to a new 2008 Jeep Liberty donated by the Jeep brand of Chrylser LLC.

A very special delivery of the package is being arranged.
Operaration Gratitude Corporate Secretary, Cheryl Zerah, added to the anticipation of the event announcing that another milestone would be reached on the same day as the record package.  “We have a surprise that will be very exciting for all the volunteers and supporters throughout the country,” Zerah hinted.
Several Military and Political dignitaries, along with representatives from many of the organization’s Corporate Sponsors will join celebrities and cast members from popular day-time and evening TV shows to assist the Operation Gratitude volunteers assemble thousands of troop gifts, in addition to the 300,000th Care Package. Fun activities and delicious product samples will be provided by Corporate donors.
Media and press are invited to attend the Double Milestone Celebration

Operation Gratitude Volunteers assemble the 300,000th Care Package

Saturday December 15, 2007, 11:00 a.m. – 12 Noon

Packing will continue from 1-4 p.m. on December 15 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on December 16th, 2007

California National Guard Armory
17330 Victory Boulevard
Van Nuys, Ca. 91406
Corner of Victory and Louise

Volunteers (ages 12 years and older) are welcome to assist in the weekend activities. For additional information, please visit the www.operationgratitude.com website, email [email protected] or call the Hotline: 818-909-0039.



The Troops Respond:

The troops express their appreciation for Operation Gratitude Care Packages through a constant flow of letters, e-mails and pictures, as seen in the Mail Call and Photo Gallery sections of the www.operationgratitude.com website.


“I wanted to let you know how much this care package meant to me! I saw my name on the list for mail and I don’t get mail so I went to check and to my surprise I had a package!  I just don’t have the words to thank all those that are involved in this program……it meant so much to me…….it was the 1st Care Package that I ever received………I saw your smiling faces and your heartfelt thanks for our service and it gave a new meaning to what we do here……..it made me feel that someone back home really cares for what we fight for everyday!  God bless all of You!  Sgt. J.P.”

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