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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Operation Gratitude

We just wanted to shout out to our twin patients, Cassy and Crissy, who generously offered to help deliver over 700 pounds of candy to Operation Gratitude!  Thank you so much!

Operation Gratitude sent us a message that we wanted to share with all of you:

All across the country, we will have cause to celebrate on Saturday, December 17, 2011 as the 750,000thOperation Gratitude Care Package rolls off the assembly line at the National Guard Armory in Van Nuys, California!   

Up to 1000 volunteers and supporters are expected to join the Operation Gratitude Assembly Day for this Milestone Celebration.   

Volunteers and Supporters like you make all this possible. I am forever grateful for your dedication to Operation Gratitude through the years. We could not touch the lives and hearts of so many of our courageous service members and their families without you.  

With your help this past year, we launched two new programs: 
Wounded Warrior and Battalion Buddy Care Packages. Due to the popular demand for these packages, Operation Gratitude shipped a record 150,000 care packages in just one year......This brings us to our 750,000th care package on December 17th!  

The Assembly Line will open at 9 a.m. We expect the 750,000th package to hit the line at around 11:15 a.mPST, to the cheers of up to 1,000 Volunteers, Military members, Dignitaries, Legislators, and Celebrities. When that happens, we will halt all activity, gather everyone together and start the Celebration Program!

In addition to the standard items and personal letters provided by more than 250 corporate donors and byindividuals and volunteer organizations across the country, the 750,000th Care Package will includeTop Secret Surprises for a Top Secret Warrior, brought to us by none other than Santa Claus.

Expect exciting and classically American gifts donated by our Corporate Partners to be put in the Milestone box. Six previous Operation Gratitude milestone packages contained the keys to new vehicles (motorcycles and SUVs)! A special delivery of the 750,000th Package is being arranged as we speak.  

As part of the Milestone Celebration, there will also be a variety of delicious product samples and a hearty lunch, provided by Corporate and local business donors.

Volunteers (ages 12 years and up) are invited to assist in the on-site care package activities.  

Please keep in mind, Financial Donations
 are still needed to pay the assembly and postage costs of $15 per care package.  Every tax deductible donation of $15 sends another care package, personally addressed to an American hero, and filled with 50+ assorted snack, entertainment and personal care items valued at $100 or more.   

Please ensure that every Soldier, Sailor, Airman and Marine deployed in harm's way, and every recuperating Wounded Warrior, feels loved and appreciated this holiday season. Please 
Donate online today.  

If you prefer to send Donations by check, please make payable and mail to:  

Operation Gratitude
6444 Refugio Road
Encino, California 91436  

Thank you again for your tremendous support of our mission. I am deeply appreciative of the kindness you have shown throughout the years, and hope you will share the excitement of our 750,000th Care Package Celebration!  

California Army National Guard
17330 Victory Boulevard
Van Nuys, CA 91406
Corner of Victory and Louise; parking available in adjacent lot

Care Package Assembly: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Milestone Celebration: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  

We invite you to stay for lunch following the celebration and to continue assembling packages until 4 p.m.   

For additional volunteer information: 

To learn how you can help: 
Support Activities

Donate while you shop: 
Great Ideas

To Request Care Packages for Deployed Troops: 
Request Packages
About Operation Gratitude
Operation Gratitude annually sends 100,000 care packages filled with snacks, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation addressed to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed in hostile regions, to their children left behind and to Wounded Warriors recuperating in Transition Units. Our mission is to lift morale, bring a smile to a service member's face and express to our Armed Forces the appreciation and support of the American people. Each package contains donated product valued at ~$125 and costs the organization $15 to assemble and ship. For safety and security, assembling of packages occurs at the Army National Guard armory in Van Nuys, California. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude volunteers have shipped more than 725,000 packages to American Military deployed overseas.  

Learn more about Operation Gratitude by visiting:

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