Write Letters to Troops During the Holidays
Every Operation Gratitude Care Package includes a bundle of letters from the American people, thanking Troops, Veterans, New Recruits, Wounded Heroes and their Caregivers, or First Responders for their service to their country. Care Package recipients say that these letters, notes, and drawings are the most cherished items in their box. Letters are accepted year-round. They have a special need for letters specifically written to New Recruits, Veterans, and First Responders. For more details visit: https://www.operationgratitude.com/express-your-thanks/write-letters/
Knit or Crochet Warm Hats and Scarves for the Troops
There’s something about receiving a handmade item that warms the heart, especially when you're deployed. Why? Because every moment of time, talent, and energy poured into a handmade item is an expression of deep appreciation for the service and sacrifice of the service members who receive their Care Packages. In the cold winter months, Operation Gratitude includes a lovingly handmade scarf or hat in every Care Package they send to the Troops. To make that happen, they need the knitting and crocheting talents of many Volunteers across the country. For detailed instructions visit: https://www.operationgratitude.com/express-your-thanks/handmade-with-love/
Become a Letter Screener for Operation Gratitude
Operation Gratitude receives 1 million+ letters each year from Americans who want to express their gratitude for their heroes’ service. As letters flood into their facility from across the country, their trained volunteer Letter Screeners individually read and approve each note. You must live close enough to The FOB in Chatsworth, CA to take their Letter Screener class, and to pick up and drop off the letters. Each Letter Screener will attend an approximately 25-minute instruction that will teach you how to screen and categorize the letters. Please contact them to set up an appointment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. They will make every effort to accommodate your schedule. They organize group classes a few times a year. They can also provide group or one-on-one training during the normal operating hours (M-F, 9 -4), or they can set up an appointment to meet off-site at your and their convenience.
Help PATH Prep Thanksgiving Meals
PATH’s mission is to end homelessness for individuals, families, and communities. Support their recently housed neighbors with their first thanksgiving meal in their new home by assembling grocery bags filled with non-perishable food items and a grocery gift card. Your donation of Turkey Boxes will help their clients who are housed feel supported during the holidays. A Turkey Box donation will include, Boxed stuffing mix, Cranberry sauce, Pie crust mix or dessert mix, Canned vegetables, Mashed potato mix, and a $20 grocery store gift card.
Donate to PATH’s Jingle Ball
PATH’s mission is to end homelessness for individuals, families, and communities. A donation of a Jingle Bag will help support their clients in their new home during a time that can be isolating for people who have experienced chronic homelessness. They are asking for donations of: A reusable grocery bag filled with: Hot cocoa mix/festive treat mixes, Holiday themes home décor or Decemberorations, and Nonperishable food
Help Make Paracord Bracelets for Troops at Operation Gratitude
Not only do these bracelets look cool, they can actually be used to save a life in an emergency situation. they include them in their Care Packages because they're both functional and meaningful, as they are handmade by an American who wants to show their appreciation to their Troops and First Responders. All who serve use paracord, which gets its name from parachute cord and can hold up to 550 lbs. of the night. The bracelet provides 7.5 feet of cord in an emergency. Paracord “Survival” Bracelets can be used to:Secure camouflage nets to trees or vehicles, Build a makeshift shelter, Extend a security strap or rope to reach and haul heavy objects, Create a harness to extract an injured person from a bad location, Make a sling or splint, And those are just a few of the ways to use the full paracord! Cut the paracord and remove the 7 to 9 individual nylon strands inside it and now you have finer strong string to use as:Sewing thread to repair gear, Emergency sutures to close a wound, Fishing line, Trip line to secure an area. For detailed instructions please visit: https://www.operationgratitude.com/express-your-thanks/paracord-bracelets/
Organize a “Cents for Service” Fundraiser for Operation Gratitude
You can organize a “Cents for Service” fundraiser at your workplace, school, or club. Every $15 donated will pay to ship an Operation Gratitude Care Package! This can be a fun and simple way for your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and/or teammates to show support for all who serve. For detailed description of instructions please visit: https://www.operationgratitude.com/express-your-thanks/cents-for-service/
11th Annual Honoring Those Who Served Benefit Dinner for the Veterans’ Families at U.S.VETS – Inglewood
Come out and join us for a night of glitz and glamour while supporting our local veterans!With many levels of sponsorship, there is a level of support for everyone. Click here for tickets: https://www.usvetsinc.org/information-center/calendar/events/11th-annual-honoring-those-who-served-benefit-dinner/
Help Out at the Adaptive Sports Festival with the Triumph Foundation
The Triumph Foundation is hosting their 2nd annual Adaptive Sports Festival at Brookside Park in Pasadena, CA on Novemberember 9, 2019. This FREE event will introduce wheelchair sports to people that are newly injured, children, Veterans, and others with disabilities. Come out to enjoy: quad rugby, archery, boxing, handcycling, pickleBall, tennis, beep baseball, boccia, zumba, dance, art, and resource fair. They ask that volunteers commit to at least one 4 hour shift from the available tasks: http://bit.ly/ASFVolunteers2019
Help Assemble Care Packages with Operation Gratitude
At any given time, the Operation Gratitude facility is filled with millions of items donated by Americans from across the country. Once a month or more, they call on hundreds of eager and spirited Volunteers in the Southern California area to help them assemble these items to create the Operation Gratitude Care Packages. They have tasks appropriate for all levels of ability. Please visit https://www.operationgratitude.com/express-your-thanks/assembly-day/ for more info and to sign up.
Team Up with Big Sunday to Decorate the Community for the Holidays
Once again this year, Big Sunday will be decorating hospitals, shelters, community centers, group homes and other great nonprofits – for the holidays. The decorating starts after Thanksgiving and goes through December, and happens all over the place. Want to help? Great! Let Beenish know! (Lots of places have already asked for help. We can set up a time that mutually convenient for everyone. Or, if you're looking for someplace to Decorate near you they can help you with that as well. Let Beenish know about that, too!)
Help Assemble Care Packages with Operation Gratitude
At any given time, the Operation Gratitude facility is filled with millions of items donated by Americans from across the country. Once a month or more, they call on hundreds of eager and spirited Volunteers in the Southern California area to help them assemble these items to create the Operation Gratitude Care Packages. They have tasks appropriate for all levels of ability. Please visit https://www.operationgratitude.com/assembly-day-schedule/ for more info and to sign up.