Van Nuys, CA - February 3, 2015
During the months of November and December, 10,184 generous dentists, companies, families and individuals from across the country collected Halloween candy and other Operation Gratitude Care Package items to send to the United States Military for the holidays.
In total, they collected and shipped more than 401,052 pounds of candy to Operation Gratitude. That poundage represents more than 12 Million individual pieces of candy lovingly donated to our military men and women.
"In addition to this enormous amount of candy, millions of other items, including snack food, toiletries, entertainment products, and hand-made scarves and paracord bracelets, were collected throughout the year for our troops," said Angel Cuevas, Operation Gratitude's Director of Operations and a Marine Veteran. "Just in this past year, we worked with 48,592 individual and corporate donors who made it possible for us to fulfill our mission of support to the military."
In 2014, Operation Gratitude's volunteers assembled and shipped 117,279 care packages to Troops deployed in harm's way, and to Veterans, New Recruits, Military Families, First Responders, Wounded Warriors and their Care Givers.
Since its founding in 2003, Operation Gratitude volunteers have shipped a total of 1,188,661 care packages to the Military community.
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About Operation Gratitude
Operation Gratitude annually sends more than 100,000 care packages filled with snacks, entertainment, hygiene and hand-made items, plus personal letters of appreciation, to New Recruits, Veterans, First Responders, Wounded Warriors, Care Givers and to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed overseas. Its mission is to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of our active duty and veteran communities, and provide volunteer opportunities for all Americans to express their appreciation to members of our military. Each package contains donated product valued at $75-$100 and costs the organization $15 to assemble and ship. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude volunteers have shipped almost 1.2 Million Care Packages.