The "Welcome home" hugs can be just as heart-wrenching as the goodbyes. We are grateful for ALL who serve, including the children in military families. Much is asked of them -- much of it is very hard. In April -- the Month of the Military Child -- our nation pauses to recognize and honor the amazing sacrifices made by these special young Americans. (Photo credit: B. Falkin. Used with permission.)
"The more I reached out to the community, the more encouraged I became when local elementary and middle schools welcomed me into their classrooms. It was eye-opening to see how many students were unfamiliar with the daily sacrifices made by military families. In speaking with them, I encouraged students to write letters, and expressed the importance of showing appreciation to our troops."
THANK YOU, Toyota USA and Keyes Toyota! We LOVE our Toyota Tundra pickup truck! It's wonderful -- and it will be a huge help as we distribute care packages to veterans throughout Southern California. And isn't the truck's custom-designed wrap awesome? Thank you, Eric Nelson of Edge Design in Riverside! (LA-area friends: If you see this truck on the road, please post a photo and tag #OperationGratitude!) #100CarsforGood #ToyotaTundra #SupportourVeterans
"Dear Hero, It is very kind of you for serving for our country. I am thinking of you. Sincerely, Stephanie" -- One of the many wonderful "We Care" cards we received from the Emily's Way Project, in honor and memory of Emily Benatar. Click here to learn more: www.emilybenatar....
Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Operation Gratitude when you shop at AmazonSmile. Go to: smile.amazon.com -- select Operation Gratitude as the charity to support and shop! Your purchases will help support the troops!
Did you see the latest episode of Enlisted last Friday at 9 pm on Fox? If you missed it, you can watch it here: www.fox.com/... Be on the lookout for a huge Operation Gratitude banner during the football game scenes! We are grateful to our friends at Enlisted for the shout out and support!
Starting TODAY -- Dec. 20 through Dec. 24, the new FOX comedy ENLISTED will provide shoppers with free postcards to write letters of appreciation to our Service Members deployed in harm’s way. The collected postcards will be sent in Operation Gratitude Care Packages! Actors Geoff Stults & Keith David will be at the Century City Mall – 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles TODAY -- 12/20 at 1 pm -- they've both volunteered with Operation Gratitude & we are so very thankful for their support!
Marty Martin, an Operation Gratitude volunteer, hugs Damage Controlman 1st Class Philip Hertz aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) after presenting him with a care package. Gettysburg is deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by MCS 3rd Class Lorenzo J. Burleson)
Sailors aboard the guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) open care packages during a visit from Operation Gratitude, a non-profit, volunteer-based organization. Gettysburg is deployed as part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by MCS 3rd Class Lorenzo J. Burleson/Released)
We cannot begin to thank everyone who has helped us reach our One Million Care Package Milestone! We are grateful for our generous supporters, donors and tireless volunteers! MOST OF ALL we are profoundly, deeply and forever grateful for the deployed troops, military families and veterans whose work and sacrifice we salute and honor each and every day. Thank you...and God bless you all!