Since 2017, Operation Gratitude has delivered over 41,000 Care Pouches to Military and First Responder Recruit Graduates across the nation.

In 2019, that number will more than double as we #MakeEveryMinuteCount  by delivering care pouches to Airmen at Lackland AFB, to Sailors in Great Lakes, IL,  to Coast Guardsmen in Cape May, NJ and to Marines at MCRD in San Diego, CA!

Operation Gratitude Recruit Graduate Care Pouch

what’s inside the POUCH?

Each item included in a Recruit Graduates Care Pouch is donated by corporations and individuals who want to express their gratitude to the newest Recruit Graduates who have selflessly made the commitment to serve and protect our nation.

Companies like Mars, 5-Hour Energy and Hero Wipes help us fill the signature red Operation Gratitude pouches with items for the graduates who will immediately be in route to their next command after graduation.

The pouches also include handmade paracord bracelets made by grateful Americans who want to show their appreciation.



In San Diego, CA, Operation Gratitude is on-site hand delivering care pouches to America’s newest United States Marines. Our volunteers (ages 13+), are given the opportunity to individually engage in meaningful conversations of appreciation with Recruit Graduates in Support Operation Gratitude’s mission of local community involvement.

See the opportunities below and join us!

2019/2020 MCRD San Diego Volunteer Opportunities

January 31st
Friday, 9am - 12pm
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February 14th
Friday, 9am - 12pm
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February 28th
Friday, 9am - 12pm
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March 6th
Friday, 9am - 12pm
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March 13th
Friday, 9am - 12pm
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April 3rd
Friday, 9am - 12pm
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Show Your Gratitude

Help Send a Care Pouch
Donate items from our Wish List to fill the Care Pouches.

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our impact

“I have been blessed to be given the opportunity to put my time and efforts into volunteering with Operation Gratitude. One of my new favorite experiences being at the MCRD in San Diego. The looks of pure pride on the new Marines faces is something I will never forget. The proud families who can’t help but smile as you give their Marine that care pouch is such an amazing feeling. Operation Gratitude is filled with hardworking volunteers who all want the same thing, to put a smile on our heroes faces. I have no words to describe how lucky I feel to get to be a part of that.” -Mary Kohaut, Volunteer

“I learned that a majority of these young Marines are several miles from home, and many of their family members could not be be at their graduation.  So I make a extra special effort to extend a kind word and make sure they know they are appreciated for their choice to join, and to express that Operation Gratitude is an organization they and their family members can rely upon for their “touch of home”.” -Mary Burton, Volunteer

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