Mail Call

We receive letters every day from Care Package recipients abroad and at home. Check this page often to read their messages to YOU, the American people, who made their Care Packages possible.

I truly appreciate the love and concern that you’ve shown myself and my unit. Thank you very much for the care package.”

A.F.

I’d like you to know that your package brought tears to my husband’s eyes

Dear Operation Gratitude: My husband, D.R.J., is a Vietnam Veteran. He served in the 1/12 Cavalry in Vietnam 1965-1966. He earned his CIB and received a Purple Heart. He returned home to a hostile country that despised him for his honorable service. I’d like you to know that your package brought tears to my husband’s eyes. He had to read and re-read the handwritten letter. It was so moving to him to be acknowledged and thanked for his service. Your work matters, as it helps veterans to heal. Thank you. D.L.J.

I just wanted to say thank you so much for all of the goodies and letters

I just wanted to say thank you so much for all of the goodies and letters. I’m sure it’s rare that you receive anything back, we tend to get excited when we receive care packages and forget to say thank you. We know a lot of time and effort goes into the packages and on behalf of us all in Bahrain who receive them I’d like to make sure that you know they make being away from our families a little bit easier. 
 
Sincerely, 
 
MA2 T.D.

The looks on the faces of the our NATO and foreign allies is always one of complete confusion

I wanted to take a little time to express MY gratitude to each and every person at Operation Gratitude. It isn’t just the tangibles in the box; it is the time and thought people put into building it and shipping it. It reminds us that there are great patriots back in the states who do not forget that we are out here. Complete strangers of a sort, but we are all Americans and it is one of many traits that separates our great nation from all other nations. The looks on the faces of the our NATO and foreign allies is always one of complete confusion. “Who sent that to you? You mom, your wife, friends?” When we try to explain that it is from fellow Americans we never met, their astonishment never ends. And I love it. 
 
Thank you for the letters Jamille, Russell R. of Burlingame, CA. Cadet Eddy C. of SF Valley from James Monroe HS.
 
Unfortunately no cameras are allowed where I am. But know that your cards are hanging up and that all my fellow soldiers who received boxes are also truly grateful. 
 
Respectfully,
 
J.J.W. PMP, RCDD, S+
LTC, SC
 

Whoever knitted the hat….I love it and kept that for myself :)

Good Morning, 
 
I wanted to send a quick email to let you know how much we appreciate receiving one of the care packages that you took the time to send.   Whoever knitted the hat….I love it and kept that for myself 🙂  Thank you again
 
Respectfully, 
C.K.
BDSC TF MED 10 Role III

We receive care packages weekly, but this one, my God, this one hit me right in the heart

Dear Sir/Ma’am,

Where do I even begin? I wanted to contact you and say thank you for the care package that you sent out. I am currently deployed in the UAE, and we receive care packages weekly, but this one, my God,  this one hit me right in the heart.  Please let your volunteers know that I read everything. All the letters, notes, kind words, I read it all. It made me feel so good and put a huge smile on my face. I know sometimes doing something like this you may feel, “Oh they’ll never read this. This doesn’t mean anything sharing basic stuff about myself.” Honestly, it did mean something. It made me feel honored to know that what we are doing here is appreciated back home. 

I don’t know if all the packages have the same letters, but I received this blue one that had them describe themselves and what they like. I know as a teenager, doing something like that may feel meaningless or pointless, but it wasn’t. Please let Nicole know I read it all and appreciate the time she took to do it. It didn’t go unnoticed. 

And please let her know I thank her grandfather for his service in the navy. My grandfather served in the Air Force during WWII so I understand the military in the family attachment. 

I wanted to personalize this email, because she took the time to personalize it for me. And a huge thank you to all of you for personalizing it in each of your own way as well! Thank you doesn’t come close enough to describe how touched and grateful I am for what you all do! Please know the appreciation goes both ways. I’m sorry I couldn’t provide any more pictures. Here is an extra one though. I sent it to my family back home as well so they can rest easy knowing they’re not the only ones looking out for us. 

Respectfully,

SrA C., M.