With just a few days until the new year, our unstoppable team is already preparing the first few shipments of care packages for Frontline Responders fighting COVID-19. We will recognize the sacrifices they made being separated from their loved ones and spending the holidays in hospitals, squad cars, fire trucks, and ambulances.
Our hope is you will consider making an end of year tax-deductible contribution to expand Operation Gratitude’s impact across the country this January.
While you help us do even more for service members to start 2021, I also want you to celebrate the impact we made together during an unprecedented and challenging year in our nation’s history. Let’s reflect on what Operation Gratitude accomplished with YOUR help during 2020.
By impacting 600,000 deployed troops, veterans, and frontline heroes and giving a sense of purpose and hope to one million volunteers, we served a vital role for our country as a whole during a global pandemic. At the same time, we profoundly lifted the spirits and touched the lives of so many individual Americans (in and out of uniform) who needed our support.
Think back to the 900 military children who received our Battalion Buddies from 30 local volunteers at Fort Bragg on February 1st. Read the touching words from the 1st Brigade Commander of 82nd Airborne Division who sent this email to thank us for comforting the families left behind when his Soldiers deployed to Iraq in the wake of the attacks on the U.S. Embassy there.
Remember the 450,000 COVID-19 Frontline Responders we supported at more than 300 hospitals, National Guard units, and Police and Fire departments across the country this year. We helped them face fears and brave unthinkable risks.
Look back at the tangible impact we made for 12,000 Deployed Troopswith our Christmas in July campaign. Many of those recipients faced extended deployments due to COVID.
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Recall our heroic work and an accomplishment that many deemed impossible when we assembled and delivered 20,000 Care Packages to deployed troops and first responder heroes in NYC, DC, and a Shanksville PA on 9/11.
While this National Day of Service felt different for a lot of people, Operation Gratitude made a bigger difference than any previous year in our organization’s history.
Imagine what it was like for the 27,000 isolated and homebound Veterans in all 50 states and DC who received our care packages in recognition of Veterans Day. Some of them heard the words “thank you for your service” for the very first time.
And finally, celebrate what we did together this month for 20,000 deployed troops who received our Holiday Care Packages.
Thanks to our volunteers, and in partnership with the American Red Cross, CSX, and Veterans United Home Loans, we did the impossible yet again.
To put it simply, we did more this year for our military, veterans, and frontline responders than any other nonprofit in the country. In the process, we strengthened the courage and resolve of individual Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, healthcare heroes, and first responders. One by one, we said “thank you” and made meaningful connections with 600,000 of them. And we couldn’t have done any of it without YOU.
I know that no matter what 2021 brings, Operation Gratitude will continue to adapt, overcome, and never stop showing appreciation and forging strong bonds with our men and women in uniform and their families.
Happy New Year from our entire team, and thank you for being part of our family!