I’m not exactly sure who will be receiving this message. Nonetheless I wanted to get in touch with someone at Operation Gratitude, to say thank you. I am on the U.S. Navy Cruiser USS San Jacinto, which is currently on a deployment. Today we have received a whole lot of care packages from Operation Gratitude . In fact, it was just about an hour ago. I had gotten a call from my work center supervisor saying that “we need help with taking down the mail”. Which struck me as a little odd seeing though as we only have 19 or so people in our department. When I got out to where they were passing mail everyone seemed excited for some reason. I saw that there were a very large amount of boxes which seemed to be addressed to everyone in the division. We got all of the boxes, bagged them up and brought them down to the Central Control Station (CCS). Everyone started to pile in there to see what they had received. Everyone’s faces lit up when they saw that they had a package waiting for them. Everyone that was working took a small break in order to come up and find out what they had gotten. All of the engineers in CCS at the time had swiftly opened up their packages and started to read aloud the letters that were so thoughtfully written for them. People were breaking out their stuffed animals, showing everyone. The candy wasn’t forgotten about either as wrappers started to pile up in the trash bin. I apologize for the long message. However, I thought I might share with you how much joy it brought to some of the sailors aboard our ship. Keep in mind this is just a small percentage of the overall sailors , but I think the rest of the ship was just as pleasantly surprised.
Thank you again,