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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.

Everyone’s faces lit up when they saw that they had a package waiting for them

Hello,

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,

GSMFN D.

MP DIVISION

EB14

I love everything I received, especially the card made by Teddy and the wool hat made by Liz

Good Afternoon,

My name is D.C. and I would like to thank you for the care package you sent to all of the sailors on the USS SAN JACINTO. I love everything I received, especially the card made by Teddy and the wool hat made by Liz.   You have made everyone’s day brighter here.

Very respectfully,

QMC(SW) D.A.C.

USS San Jacinto (CG 56)

Operations Departmental Leading Chief Petty Officer

It’s wonderful people like the members of your team that help make the tough times bearable

Operation Gratitude,

Good Morning, Afternoon or Good night when you receive this. I want you and the entire team to know that I received a package from you and your team yesterday. It was a complete shock and thank you so much for the simple token of appreciation. I know I am not the only one who appreciates things like this. I’m finishing up a 20 year career and it’s  wonderful people like the members of your team that help make the tough times bearable, from the hand written letters from the 11 year olds, to all. Thank you so much.

Thank you so much,

V.G. USN

Aviation Boatswains Mate Chief Petty Officer

I noticed a number in the background. Is that the number of packages you have sent out? If so, WOW!

Volunteers and Supporters of Operation Gratitude,

I received a box from your organization today out of the blue! Thank you! The items in the package were great to receive. I’m currently in the Middle East away from family and friends so this package was great to receive. Great picture of all the volunteers, it looks like you have so many people that are willing to give some of their time to help make our lives more enjoyable while we are here. I noticed a number in the background, is that the number of packages you have sent out? If so, WOW! Each package I receive from home, I share with my 16 other young Airmen, but as you can imagine, it goes FAST! But hey, its Ok, they are here with me doing their best… which is AMAZING! They are all Electricians and they are doing great things to sustain and build our base stronger.

Is your organization willing/ able to send a care package for each of them? If you will, just send them to me and I will make sure each of them receive a package from you! (16 of them)

(no rank)

B.M.

386 ECES/ CEOFE

Your packages were a ray of sunshine to the crew and myself

Dear Gratitude Team,

My name is Chief J.M., and I serve aboard the USS ROSS, in Rota Spain.

The ship received your Gratitude packages today (Thursday, March 19th 2020), and I can safely say we are the ones who are grateful. We just returned from a tough deployment, and we went straight into mandatory quarantine measures here in Spain due to COVID-19.

Your packages were a ray of sunshine to the crew and myself. Thank you for your efforts to brighten the everyday lives of myself and sailors everywhere.

A heartfelt thank you, from my family to yours.

-J.

It meant so much to us to know that there is a team back home supporting and thanking the Sailors out here and around the world

Hello,

I just wanted to email the team at Operation Gratitude and say THANK YOU!!. Can you please let everyone know that the Sailors on USS PAUL HAMILTON were so appreciative of the care packages that we received today. After being underway for a number of days you have put smiles on our faces and joy in our hearts. It meant so much to us to know that there is a team back home supporting and thanking the Sailors out here and around the world. Your care, kind words and show of gratitude has not gone unnoticed by the Sailors. The cards that we received from the students were so thoughtful.  Can  you let them know that everything we’re doing is for them and their families and tell them thank you for the cards!

Again Thank You!!!

V/r,

LTJG T.D.

USS PAUL HAMILTON (DDG 60)