This year at Forum, our charity organization is Operation Gratitude. Stop by the charity support area in the exhibit hall at 11:00 AM on Monday, August 28 to help pack 1000 care kits.
Operation Gratitude is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, volunteer-based organization that sends care packages and letters of support to individual Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen & Marines deployed in harm’s way, to their children left behind, and to New Recruits, Veterans, Military Families, First Responders, Wounded Warriors and their Care Givers. Operation Gratitude’s mission is twofold: to lift morale in the Military community; and to provide every American an opportunity to say "Thank You" to our heroes. Operation Gratitude welcomes this partnership opportunity to engage Forum attendees in a hands-on and heart-felt event that will genuinely fulfill this dual mission.
Operation Gratitude sends, on average, more than 200,000 care packages every year. Since its inception in March, 2003, this massive volunteer effort reflects: 2.5 million hours of volunteer service, 4 million hand-written letters, 8 million pounds of packages, $10 million in postage, 50 million donated items, and packages traveling a grand total of 78.3 billion miles.
The organization sends care packages to:
- Currently deployed Service Members by name;
- Recruits newly graduated from Boot Camp;
- Wounded Heroes and their Care Givers;
- First Responders in communities across the US; and
- Veterans of earlier eras under the banner:
“It is never too late to say ‘Thank You’”