Operation Gratitude Still Going Strong

by Freddy Groves

 

In just 30 days, Operation Gratitude recently sent 16,000 care packages

to service personnel in harm’s way. It started with a request for 7,000

packages. A week later OpGrat received a request for another 2,200

packages. Almost immediately another request came in, this time for 7,000

more packages. It took hundreds of volunteers, but those packages went

out quickly. The non-profit group has sent out more than 1 million care

packages over the years.

 

Operation Gratitude’s mission is to lift morale, bring smiles to the faces

of service personnel and express our appreciation. Each box is loaded with

goodies, many of them expensive and (thankfully) donated by corporations,

as well as snacks and homemade items — and letters. The personal letters

are one of the most appreciated items in the packages. Check the website

for more information.

 

One big problem is the cost of mailing the packages. Each one costs $15,

and the group doesn’t get any discounts from the U.S. Postal Service.

That’s one area where you can help, especially if you don’t live in

California and can’t assist with packing and the many other details. The

mass mailing in that one month cited above cost $240,000 for shipping

alone. To make a donation, go online to www.OperationGratitude.com and

scroll to the Donate button.

 

Explore the website to find other ways you can help: Donate a phone, and

it nets OpGrat $30. Shop at AmazonSmile. Buy an item on the Operation

Gratitude wish list on Amazon.com to be shipped to them. Sew scarves and

hats for the boxes. Create Paracord Survival Bracelets (see website for

instructions).

 

To send checks (but no other items):

Operation Gratitude

P.O. Box 260257

Encino, CA 91426-0257

 

Freddy Groves regrets that he cannot personally answer reader questions,

but will incorporate them into his column whenever possible. Send email to

columnreply2@gmail.com.

 

(c) 2014 King Features Synd., Inc.

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