HOMETOWN HEROES: WASHIGNTON
Join Operation Gratitude in Western Washington to forge strong bonds between Americans and their Military and First Responder Heroes through volunteer service projects, acts of gratitude, and meaningful engagements.
Day of Service & Fun
October 26, 2019
Redmond Old Firehouse Teen Center
16510 NE 79th St
Redmond, WA 98052
RSVP is required for participation.
Join Operation Gratitude to honor the service of SGT Ian Ralston (USA, Ret) through this family-friendly community volunteer service project!
SGT Ralston deployed to Iraq as a Combat Medic out of Fort Lewis, WA in 2007 and 2009. He was severely wounded on May 29, 2009 when, during a mission in Iraq his armored vehicle struck an improvised explosive device. After being medically retired, he and his family settled in Woodinville, WA.
“Doc” as his friends call him, has always been a natural leader. Before his injury, he was often found building paracord bracelets for his fellow soldiers as a sign of unity and brotherhood. Today, Ian is building paracord bracelets again with the help of his community and providing them to Operation Gratitude to include in Care Packages for Deployed Troops, demonstrating the shared bond that remains between him and his fellow Service men and women.
- Meet SGT Ralston & his family
- Build Paracord Bracelets
- Write Letters of Support
- Knit/Crochet Hats & Scarves
All items made will be included in care packages for deployed troops & wounded heroes over the holiday season!
CARE PACKAGE DIRECT DELIVERIES
October 25, 2019
Warrior Transition Battalion
Joint Base Lewis McChord
October 30, 2019
University of Washington Police Department