The Kind of Hope Our Country Needs

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Last week, I was honored to have the opportunity to tell viewers in Philadelphia about the work we have been doing to support Frontline Responders as part of their story on “Give Something Away Day”.

We have delivered upwards of 5 million individual items to include snack, hygiene, and comfort products, tens of thousands of Handmade With Love items and personal letters of gratitude – positively impacting more than 300,000 Frontline Responders, but our reach extends far beyond that to their families, patients, and communities.

As the chief human resources officer for Temple University Health System, John Lasky, said “Our frontline healthcare workers truly appreciate a gesture like this. It boosts employee engagement which, in turn, is correlated with improved patient satisfaction and quality of care outcomes. Truly a win-win all around.”

YOUR actions with Operation Gratitude allowed us to give something away every single day, and we believe actions = impact. The results are best expressed in the recipients’ own words.

In their own words

In a time where it’s hard to be a police officer, care packages like this help uplift the entire department. It means more than you can imagine knowing there are so many out there who support our officers who serve with integrity and without hesitation.
– Cibolo Police Department

My name is J. and I am a sailor currently aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt. Today I received a bag of thank you letters from people around the country. I have to say the letters boosted my spirits and some of those letters are a real tear-jerker because they were written from the heart.
– From a grateful Sailor

On behalf of the entire Baylor University Medical Center care team, I would like to extend to you and the entire Operation Gratitude team my most sincere thanks. As I know you realize, the team members serving the direct care needs of these critically ill COVID patients suit up and show up every day, “it’s our job” they say, with no expectation of anything in return. Your generosity, and that of so many others, lets them know that what they do every day during this crisis IS a big deal, that others see this, and want to lift them up. Thanks for helping them as they help others.
– Baylor University Medical Center and Central/West Region

We received a care package from Operation Gratitude. In that package were the most amazing letters written by people from all over the United States. We received your letters and we loved it!
– Uniontown Police Department

Operation Gratitude is essential to service members who are away from their family members and friends for an extended period of time with limited or no communication. Talking to my brothers and sisters in the military I know these letters motivate us to keep working hard for the stars and stripes and for everyone back home. Thank you for the support and God bless you all!
– From a humbled and grateful Sailor

This delivery came at such an important time for us as first responders. The donations were right in the middle of COVID and protests in our city. This donation helped lift the spirits of our officers! This was by far the nicest donation we have ever gotten.
– Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police

Operation Gratitude’s generosity during turbulent and trying times is the kind of hope that the country needs.
– Long Beach Police Department

When everyone thinks of health care workers they think of the nurses and doctors, but we know that the food services and custodial teams are just as important to operations. We are grateful that Operation Gratitude was able to help lift the morale of all.
– California Dept of Veterans Affairs

Operation Gratitude really shows what can be done when people and companies come together to support a common goal. We are inspired and humbled by the outstanding efforts of the people we serve. Thank you!
– Tampa Fire Rescue

Just a note to say thank you for sending treats to our clinic. I work at the Franciscan Canyon Rd pavilion which is a triage clinic for COVID-19.  In these ever-changing and stressful times, it is very heartwarming to know that there are people like you who support us in so many ways. You have brought a little bit of joy and comfort to us today and for this we Thank You!
– CHI Franciscan Medical Clinic-Canyon Road

Your kindness is well-timed. Our front line could use a boost and letters and treats and just knowing that what we do matters makes an enormous difference.  THANK YOU for taking the time to remember us.
– Mt Sinai NYC

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the care package you sent us at McLaren Macomb Hospital. My manager decided to put some items in a basket daily. She also puts new cards and letters in there every day. The cards and letters have brought us to tears and we appreciate every one of them. Thank you again!
– McClaren Macomb Hospital

We cannot thank you enough for the generosity, it was overwhelming to see the creativity and thoughtfulness put in some of those letters and all the personal hygiene and comfort treats were exceptional, honestly.  I hope the pictures you received convey the appreciation of our Soldiers, Airmen, and Seamen.  As the Division Chief, I have the privilege of seeing a lot of very special projects come through the State and Operation Gratitude really has been just top-notch. MSG D. and  I thank you personally and from the bottom of our hearts, and on behalf of the Louisiana National Guard, we are appreciative of your generosity.
– Louisiana National Guard

Thank you for giving your time, talent, and treasure to help Operation Gratitude be “the kind of hope our country needs”. If you want to read more firsthand accounts of the impact we are making together, please read our Mail Call.

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