Operation Gratitude’s mission is twofold: To lift morale in the Military and First Responder communities; and to provide volunteer opportunities for American civilians to express appreciation to all who serve our nation.

Since its inception in 2003, hundreds of thousands of Operation Gratitude Volunteers have filled, assembled, and shipped an average of 200,000+ Care Packages every year to Troops, Veterans, First Responders, New Recruits, Military Families, Wounded Heroes & their Care Givers.


For media inquiries please contact us via email: Communications@operationgratitude.com.


  • 25.5 million hours of volunteer service
  • 8 million handwritten letters
  • 13 million pounds of packages
  • $12.5 million in postage and shipping expenses
  • 80 million donated items
  • More than 2.3 million Care Packages assembled and shipped
  • One of the top viewed charities on Guidestar.org
  • Four-Star rating on Charity Navigator and Platinum level rating on Guidestar
  • 94 cents of every dollar donated goes to program services; fundraising expenses are less than 2%
  • 89,000+ volunteers and donors per year
  • 335,997+ supporters via Email, Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, Blog
  • Average Annual website hits: 24,600,000; Average Annual website visits: 609,000


“What kind of difference has it made? Our Commanders made it a point to visit every single battalion and brigade during the three days surrounding Christmas. In every location, I saw numerous Operation Gratitude packages. Every soldier received a personalized note, some holiday cheer, and some treats. And you know what? It wasn’t the gifts or the cards or the notes that made such an impression…it was the realization that someone cared about our soldiers as individuals, understood the importance of their mission, and appreciated their sacrifice.”

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