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?

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.

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.  

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.