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    Posted July 4, 2012 by
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    Operation Gratitude: March to a Million


    In 2003, inspired by those serving our country, civilian Carolyn Blashek founded "Operation Gratitude," a volunteer organization that sends care packages to U.S. troops deployed overseas. Blashek’s son is an active military member who just returned home after a long deployment.

    To date, the organization has sent over 800,000 packages to U.S. Service Members, to their children and to active veterans who’ve been wounded and are recovering in transition units. The packages, filled with snacks, entertainment items and personal letters, are meant to bring a little bit of home to the service members deployed to hostile regions.

    “Operation Gratitude’s” newest goal is to reach 1,000,000 care packages. The “March to a Million” campaign is underway as evidenced by a robust  recent volunteer day.

    At the event, after working all morning to compile thousands of packages, volunteers listened to military personnel talk about how much those boxes meant to them during their deployment. Included in that group was Bashek’s son, Jordan, who reiterated the message that soldiers rejoiced when receiving a little bit of home in the mail.

    While packaging is a great way to help, there are other ways to be involved in "Operation Gratitude," that include both monetary donations and non-monetary actions.

    For more information about “Operation Gratitude,” please view a short video on youtube.com, or visit their official website or Facebook page.

    Every little bit helps in the March to a Million.


    To watch the YouTube video, please use this link:


    For "Operation Gratitude's" hompage, please visit this site:



    To access "Operation Gratitude's Facebook page, please go to:


    (all photos courtesy of Evelyn G. Brown)

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