Operation Gratitude completes 600,000 package

Operation Gratitude just completed its 600,000 care package to our troops yesterday at the Van Nuys Armory and I was there to witness this wonderful feat! More packages were assembled throughout the afternoon by hundreds of Volunteers.

A key to a motorcycle is placed inside for a lucky service member, which will be hand delivered by this sergeant.

The Motorcycle was donated by Victory Motorcycles. The outpouring of community support was everywhere yesterday as hundreds poured in by car, foot and by bus to help support our troops.

Lunch was served to all the volunteers by the Kitchen Staff volunteers.  Free Massages were given to service members and volunteers who had worked all week and needed a nice release.

The scarves and hats made by our citizens moved me to tears more than once as I helped unpack and repack the scarves and hats for our Troops.

Operation Gratitude Volunteer displays , during the packaging on Saturday, Dec. 11., a scarf made with camo on one side and brown felt on the other to keep our Troops warm

Many of the citizens and families who made the scarves wrote special notes of thanks and support to our troops.  Yesterday, one woman mentioned that her family was a fourth generation military family,her husband had been in the first wave in Iraq and now her son was at the Air Force Academy.

You know there are many of us who have generations who have served in our military.  My own family has generations back to the Revolutionary war.  I think when we support our troops, we are supporting freedom that we enjoy in the United States.

My daughter and I have sent personal care packages for years through several special programs that she belongs to. During Vietnam, I wrote letters and sent care packages to friends and family members, so it is a tradition that I believe in.

If you can take a few minutes  go to Operation Gratitude and see how your family, company, or service group can be involved.  Supporting our Troops never goes out of style and they need all that we can do for them.  It is small in comparison for what they are doing for us.

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