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Operation Gratitude Delivers Care Packages to NYPD Officers in South Brooklyn

Operation Gratitude continues their partnership with the NYPD to personally thank every NYPD officer in the lead-up to the 20th anniversary of 9/11 with a care package delivery in South Brooklyn. NYPD officers and the NYPD Law Enforcement Explorers group also volunteered at a Care Package Assembly Day to pay forward the kindness they’ve received to National Guard troops serving at COVID-19 response and vaccination sites throughout the City.

 

 

Fox News Live- Non-profit helps donate care packages to troops, families

Operation Gratitude CEO Kevin Schmiegel joins ‘Fox News Live’ on Memorial Day 2021 to discuss the organization’s ongoing mission and speaks about how companies can get involved in public service.

Operation Gratitude Talks Military Appreciation Month on Good Morning Washington

Operation Gratitude’s CEO and COO- in New York assembling care packages for National Guard troops deployed to vaccination sites- share with Good Morning Washington viewers how they and people nationwide can participate in Operation Gratitude’s efforts to bridge divides between civilians and service members.

 

Military Appreciation Month Efforts in D.C., New York

CEO Kevin Schmiegel speaks to WJLA about Operation Gratitude’s continuing nationwide support of service members during May’s Military Appreciation Month.

Representative Van Taylor speaks about For Country Caucus’ Partnership with Operation Gratitude

Congressman Van Taylor, Co-Chair of the For Country Caucus, speaks about the bipartisan caucus’ volunteer efforts with Operation Gratitude in DC to assemble care packages for deployed troops during Military Appreciation Month

 

CALIFORNIA CONGRESSMEN JOIN OPERATION GRATITUDE AT DC CARE PACKAGE ASSEMBLY

Operation Gratitude joins forces with members of the congressional For Country Caucus on May 18, 2021 to impact thousands of deployed troops in recognition of May’s Military Appreciation Month. Operation Gratitude and volunteers, including more than a dozen from the For Country Caucus, spent the week assembling a total of 5,000 care packages at the DC National Guard Armory. The packages will be shipped to deployed Soldiers, Airmen, Marines, and Sailors as a tangible way to express appreciation for their service and a reminder that their sacrifice does not go unnoticed.

 

BIPARTISAN FOR COUNTRY CAUCUS JOINS OPERATION GRATITUDE AT DC CARE PACKAGE ASSEMBLY

Operation Gratitude joins forces with members of the congressional For Country Caucus on May 18, 2021 to impact thousands of deployed troops in recognition of May’s Military Appreciation Month. Operation Gratitude and volunteers, including more than a dozen from the For Country Caucus, spent the week assembling a total of 5,000 care packages at the DC National Guard Armory. The packages will be shipped to deployed Soldiers, Airmen, Marines, and Sailors as a tangible way to express appreciation for their service and a reminder that their sacrifice does not go unnoticed.

 

Texas Congressman Joins Operation Gratitude for DC Care Package Assembly 

Operation Gratitude joins forces with members of the congressional For Country Caucus on May 18, 2021 to impact thousands of deployed troops in recognition of May’s Military Appreciation Month. Operation Gratitude and volunteers, including more than a dozen from the For Country Caucus, spent the week assembling a total of 5,000 care packages at the DC National Guard Armory. The packages will be shipped to deployed Soldiers, Airmen, Marines, and Sailors as a tangible way to express appreciation for their service and a reminder that their sacrifice does not go unnoticed.

 

Bret Baier FOX NEWS Special Report 

Operation Gratitude welcomed more than a dozen members of the Congressional For Country Caucus on Tuesday, May 18th to impact thousands of deployed troops in recognition of May’s Military Appreciation Month

 

Operation Gratitude Joins Forces with VUHL for Mother’s Day- KTLA

Operation Gratitude CEO Kevin Schmiegel speaks to KTLA on Mother’s Day about the partnership between OG and Veterans United Home Loans to deliver 7500 care packages to National Guard troops mobilized nationwide and how viewers can take part to express their appreciation for the unique sacrifices military moms make.

Operation Gratitude in Atlanta for International Firefighters’ Day

In partnership with the Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation and Team RWB Atlanta, Operation Gratitude and our volunteers assembled 1,100 care packages for Atlanta Fire Rescue in honor of International Firefighters’ Day on May 4, 2021.

Augusta Care Package Assembly Recognizes 2,200 First Responders, 500 military spouses

Local law enforcement agencies, firefighters, and Fort Gordon military spouses are recognized at an event held by national nonprofit Operation Gratitude and area volunteers.

Operation Gratitude Takes Action in Atlanta to Recognize First Responders

In partnership with the Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation and Team RWB Atlanta, Operation Gratitude and our volunteers assembled 1,100 care packages for Atlanta Fire Rescue in honor of International Firefighters’ Day on May 4, 2021.

Philadelphia PD & Operation Gratitude

Volunteers gathered at Rivers Casino in Philadelphia to assemble nearly 300 care packages that will be distributed to dispatchers of the Philadelphia Police and Fire Departments, as well as other trainees and command staff.

PBS joins Operation gratitude in CELEBRATING AMERICA

Lidia Celebrates America: A Salute to First Responders is a one-hour documentary special featuring celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich as she follows frontline responders, and meets incredible volunteers like Jenine Melton, Operation Gratitude Ambassador.

 

Operation gratitude & NYPD Partnership

Dr. biden joins Operation gratitude in Washington dc

12 days of gratitude in Washington dc

Operation Gratitude Volunteers thank ri veterans with 200 care packages

Operation Gratitude Makes Thousands of Care Packages For First Responders

Operation Gratitude delivers 200 care packages to firefighters, EMTs

Operation Gratitude Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop Its Work Despite Covid-19 Challenges

5,000 Care Packages for Deployed Troops

From June 27-29, 2020 Operation Gratitude and their volunteers came together at the DC National Guard Armory in Washington, DC to assemble 5,000 care packages for Deployed Troops. Kristen Powers of WJLA ABC 7 in Washington, DC was there to cover the event!

NATIONAL GIVE SOMETHING AWAY DAY!

Featured on PHL17 Morning News, our CEO, Kevin Schmiegel explains how to give back and give a piece of your heart to the men and women serving on the frontlines.

CONTINUING TO SERVE AMID A pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic continued to impact the Military and First Responder community, Operation Gratitude stayed true to its mission and led the charge to provide support and gratitude to those who serve.

How virtual volunteering is sending help from a distance

As people stay home during the coronavirus pandemic, some are still lending a helping hand from a distance. For Weekend TODAY, NBC’s Catie Beck shines a spotlight on organizations, like Operation Gratitude, that are keeping volunteers connected.

12 Days of Giving

COO Paul Cucinotta shares on Fox & Friends how the mission of Operation Gratitude is especially impactful over the holiday season and how Americans can get involved.

B&O Railway Museum

In June 2019, Operation Gratitude and CSX joined together at the B&O Railway Museum in Baltimore, MD to assemble thousands of Care Pouches for Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters, EMTs, and National Guardsmen serving in Baltimore and surrounding cities.

JFK airport, NEW york city

On Thursday, September 5, 2019 Operation Gratitude, along with hundreds of volunteers came together in New York City to assembly 10,000 Care Packages. This Fox & Friends live Interview with our Founder Carolyn Blashek and CEO, retired Marine LtCol Kevin Schmiegel, answers the three questions we get asked most often.

  1. How did Operation Gratitude get started?
  2. What goes in our Care Packages and what makes them so special?
  3. Why is Operation Gratitude’s mission more important than ever?

Aboard the USS Midway

Sunday, May 26, 2019, we joined forces with the USS Midway Museum to offer a one-of-a-kind volunteer experience assembling Care Pouches for First Responders, and our nations newest Marines in San Diego.

Washington, D.C. Armory

On Thursday, January 17, 2019, Operation Gratitude, with the help of our BRIDGE COUNCIL, brought together volunteers from the DC Metro area to assemble 25,000 of our signature red Care Pouches which were distributed to First Responders and National Guardsmen locally and nationwide.  

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Fox News online coverage of Operation Gratitude Care Package deliveries to NYPD officers in Brooklyn Read the oped.


In this op-ed printed by USA Today, CEO Kevin Schmiegel explains why a nation united through service is achievable only with the inclusion of nonprofits that partner with the private sector. Read the oped.


A call to action that every American can answer written by Operation Gratitude CEO, Kevin Schmiegel. Read the oped.


Operation Gratitude featured on CNN for virtual volunteerism. Read the article. 


Dr. Jill Biden joins Operation Gratitude to send holiday cheer to Deployed Troops overseas.  Read the article. 


The New York Post highlights how you can make a difference for essential workers from your couch with Operation Gratitude.  Read the article. 


Kevin Schmiegel, CEO of Operation Gratitude and Sherman Gillums Jr., Chief Advocacy Officer of AMVETS, and member of the BRIDGE Council discuss how the solidarity of service will bridge divides.  Read the article. 


Bridging the divide happens when words meet action. Kevin Schmiegel, CEO of Operation Gratitude and Sherman Gillums Jr., Chief Advocacy Officer of AMVETS, and member of the BRIDGE Council share how Operation Gratitude is uniquely positioned to support the Military and First Responder Community.  Read the article. 


Operation Gratitude Becomes First Nonprofit to Deliver 250,000 Care Packages to Healthcare Heroes, National Guardsmen, and First Responders in More Than 200 Locations Nationwide.  Read the article. 


At Operation Gratitude we are fortunate to have a CEO, Kevin Schmiegel and COO, Paul Cucinotta with over 47 years combined Military leadership experience. Their leadership has been instrumental in navigating our response to #covid19. In an article on Medium, they share the lessons learned from their military careers and how to apply these during times of crisis.  Read the article. 

In recognition of the 18th anniversary of 9/11 and a National Day of Service, our CEO, Kevin Schmiegel, and former U.S. Marshal, Patrick Burke, point to hands-on volunteerism as a way to say thank you to all who serve in this Military Times OpEd. Learn more.

 

 

 

In honor of our 16 year anniversary, Operation Gratitude challenged crafters across the country to send in hand-made red scarves for Deployed Troops. Learn more.

The New York Times highlights Operation Gratitude’s letter writing program and shares how handwritten notes can spread the love! Learn more.


In Baltimore area, 10,000 first responders to get special thanks from Operation Gratitude. Learn more.