Wounded Warrior Care Package Program

Operation Gratitude (OG)
Program Name: 
Wounded Warrior Care Package Program
Grant Year: 
2011
Grant Type: 
General Community
Grant Amount: 
$20,000
Interest Area: 
Human Services
Grant Purpose: 

Assemble care packages for over 1,500 injured war veterans in all military branches.

Description: 

Founded in 2003, OG 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. OG care packages contain food, hygiene products, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation. Through Collection Drives, Letter Writing Campaigns and Donations of funds for shipping expenses, OG provides civilians anywhere in America with a way to express their respect and appreciation to the men and women of the U.S. Military in an active, hands-on manner.

The Wounded Warrior Care Package Program assembles more than 2,000 volunteers to send care packages to approximately 1,500 wounded warriors annually in all Military branches.  Volunteers participate in assembly drives at the National Guard Armory in Van Nuys where they include an assortment of snacks, entertainment items, toiletries, magazines and special notes in the wounded warrior care packages. 

Grant Quote: 

Operation Gratitude launched its “Wounded Warrior Care Package Program” to provide comfort and hygiene items to injured heroes. The Jewish Community Foundation provided us with the funding to ship more than 1300 of these very special packages. Together we are lifting morale of our Wounded Warriors and expressing to all troops our appreciation and support.

Carolyn Blashek, founder of Operation Gratitude