Giving Opportunity – Operation Gratitude

by Derek Clark

During this holiday season take some time to think about what you are thankful for. Odds are that you have it pretty good compared to most people. Last month I talked about adding a line to our budget for random acts of kindness. This month I though I’d share where that small bit went for Thanksgiving.

Operation Gratitude

One of the things I’m thankful for is the great country I live in and the men and women that serve it. Whether or not you agree with our current foreign policy is irrelevant. The soldiers that put their lives on the line defending our freedom deserve your respect and gratitude.

This is where Operation Gratitude comes in. From their website:

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.** 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.

It doesn’t take much to help out. A small donation or a letter is all that is asked. This is an easy way to support our troops and it is a great random act of kindness. Being able to help make a soldiers day a little brighter is a great feeling.

If you are looking for a different way to help there are quite a few options here. Even something as simple as donating old beanie babies (to give to the children) can help. If you are want to go straight to the donate page it is here.

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