- ABOUT OPERATION GRATITUDE
- CARE PACKAGES
Operation Gratitude seeks to lift morale in the Military Community by sending care packages addressed to individual Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines deployed overseas, to their children left behind, and to Veterans, First Responders, Wounded Warriors and their Care Givers. Operation Gratitude Care Packages contain food, hygiene products, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation, all wrapped with good wishes of love and support. Through Collection Drives, Letter Writing Campaigns, Craft Projects and Financial Donations, Operation Gratitude provides civilians anywhere in America a way to express their respect and appreciation to the men and women of the U.S. Military in an active, hands-on manner. Operation Gratitude is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, volunteer-based corporation, funded entirely by private donations. For safety and security, the assembling of all packages occurs at the Army National Guard Armory in Van Nuys, California.
Our mission is to lift morale, bring a smile to a service member's face and to express to our Military the appreciation and support of the American people. To date, we have sent over 965,000 care packages. We have now embarked on our "March to a Million" Care Package campaign -- on our way to sending our One Millionth Care Package!
Our care packages contain an assortment of 50 or more items, including snack foods, scarves, entertainment items, small plush animals, gift cards, personal care products as well as letters from caring adults and students around the country. The total value of the products included in each package is $75-100 per package.
All contents of the packages are donated by individuals and groups through collection drives, or by companies that donate their own products or employee-assembled Care Kits. Donated funds are used for production and shipping. Gift Cards donated to Operation Gratitude through Gift Card Week will be placed in care packages to be delivered to individuals. They will not be used to cover administrative, production or shipping costs.