For the sixth year running, Operation Gratitude ran their comedy night to make money for the organization that has meant so much to our soldiers around the globe. Presented at the Federal Bar in North Hollywood, and hosted by Patrick Keane, comedians included raunchy Danielle Stuart and Jen Murphy; Johnny C, Tom Connolly and Jon Huck, who also presented us with low ball humor. The best of the lot was clean comedy of Lou Santini. The show wasn't for everyone but the cause certainly is.
Started in 2003 with just the passion of one woman, Operation Gratitude is now getting ready to send it's 700,000th package. "It's important for the soldiers to know they are not forgotten.," said Staff Sgt. Liz Sowie. She urged people to volunteer with packing the boxes. "The holiday season is starting and they hope with the next care package assembly on Nov. 6th, Nov 25th, and Dec. 17th, 2011, that they will reach 750,000. They hold both Assembly and Prep Days and need volunteers on both days. Prep days are Oct.30, Nov.12, Nov 19, and December 4. There is also the letter writing class on Oct, 30th. For information on this contact Linda Barber ([email protected])
Despite the fact that we are pulling out of Iraq soon, there are still tens of thousands of American Service Members are deployed in hostile and remote regions of the world, including the Middle East, Afghanistan, and on ships throughout international waters. The physical conditions they must endure are difficult and they may be separated from loved ones for long periods of time. They also welcome hand made scarves, hats and toiletries. .
Operation Gratitude seeks to lift morale and put smiles on faces by sending care packages addressed to individual Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines deployed in harm’s way, to their children left behind, and to Wounded Warriors recuperating in Transition Units. 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 and Donations of funds for shipping expenses, 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.
Packages are sent to both female and male soldiers and are greatly appreciated by them all, Their several programs also include letter writing, the Battalion Buddy Program, which connects son and daughters of military personnel to their deployed parent, and the Wounded Warrior Program.
I volunteered last year and got great joy out of it and will do so again this year. Let’s support our military and not let them down. You don't have to RSVP, but it's a good idea to check the schedule on time for times.
Operation Gratitude meets at the California Army National Guard Center, 17330 Victory Blvd, Van Nuys, Ca 91406. For more information go to [email protected] or www.operationgratitude.com Financial donations can be sent to Operation Gratitude
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