One of my dearest friends' husband recently left for Afghanistan to protect and serve, a week before he left a group of close friends and I went out to dinner with him to say our goodbyes, or shall I say - until you return! At dinner he described the previous times he was in the desert heat in combat and it is truly amazing to hear what these men endure. All his stories left me thinking about how much him and his fellow soldiers need the simplest kind of support, whether it is in a letter saying thank you or a batch of cookies to brighten their day! I started doing some research to see how I could lend my gratitude and I ran across the answer, OperationGratitude.com.
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.
After reading everything on Operation Gratitude's website I knew I just had to write a blog to share my great find with all of our Shea Apartment Communities' residents. It is so touching how just one letter can lift the spirits of a soldier dreaming of coming home. A group of friends and I have already started planning all the wonderful things we are going to send my friends husband while he is gone – the first package went out last week (pictures above), next on the list is to put a package together for Operation Gratitude.
If you plan to send a care package to a friend or loved one overseas I would recommend sending it through the USPO, they have the best rates! I only paid $12.95 per box and I felt like that was a steal.
MORE ABOUT OPERATION GRADITUDE
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. Their 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 660,000 packages to American Military deployed overseas.
Have you sent a care package to a solider? What was in it?