A Heart of Generosity – Operation Gratitude

Posted on November 18, 2009


Dear Reader,

The holidays are here and while we are hustling and bustling around fixing food , Christmas shopping and enjoying the holiday festivities, there are young men who are very far away  missing their families and wishing they were home.

Operation Gratitude is a way for you to give back to the soldiers who are representing our country, to let them know they are loved and appreciated,  especailly during the holidays when they are so far from home.

Pray for them daily, pray for our country.


On behalf of OPERATION GRATITUDE and the U.S. troops deployed overseas who will benefit from your kindness, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your generosity.

Your donation  will enable us to send over 100,000 wonderfully enhanced Patriotic and Holiday Care Packages this year to the brave men and women currently serving overseas. The care packages contain snacks, DVDs, t-shirts, phone cards, amusement items and letters of encouragement from caring adults and students. Receipt of such demonstrations of love and concern from the homeland offers our troops a much-deserved respite from the hardships of service, and is always greeted with enthusiasm and great appreciation.

Every $11 donated sends another care package: You may be able to double or even triple your donation! Many companies have matching gift programs, which mean they’ll match your donation, or maybe even double or triple it! Please check with your Human Resources/Personnel office to learn if your donation is eligible for a matching donation.

In an attempt to maximize funds for postage for the care packages, we have sent this email acknowledgment, a printed copy of which may be used as a receipt for tax purposes. Please let me know if you need a formal hard copy letter to be sent through the regular mail as well.

Operation Gratitude has been granted non-profit status under Section 501 (c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Service Code. Your contribution to this organization is fully deductible for federal income tax purposes as no goods or services were received in exchange. The Operation Gratitude Tax ID number is 20-0103575.

Thank you again for your thoughtfulness and wonderful patriotic spirit–every dollar we receive truly makes a difference to our mission of putting smiles on service members’ faces. The brave members of the U.S. Military who receive your generosity will remember your kindness forever. And I will always be appreciative of your support and encouragement for OPERATION GRATITUDE.

Carolyn Blashek, President


Ian Fisher : American Soldier

September 10th, 2009

This is how an American soldier is made.

For 27 months, Ian Fisher, his parents and friends, and the U.S. Army allowed Denver Post reporters and a photographer to watch and chronicle his recruitment, induction, training, deployment, and, finally, his return from combat. A selection of photos from Ian’s journey are posted below.

The story was written by Kevin Simpson with Michael Riley, Bruce Finley and Craig F. Walker. It was reported by Riley in Colorado and at Fort Benning, Ga., Finley at Fort Carson and in Iraq, and photographer Craig F. Walker throughout.

The multimedia project, including all the photos, video and special features, can be viewed at www.denverpost.com/americansoldier.

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