Our activity for the 8th day of Advent was to donate $15 to Operation Gratitude.
Operation Gratitude is a non-profit, volunteer based organization that "annually sends 150,000+ 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. Our 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 more than One Million Care Packages."
Our donation of $15 is enough to cover the cost of one care package. We didn't specify who the care package should go to or who it was from. One lucky New Recruit, Veteran, First Responder, Wounded Warrior, or Care Giver will anonymously receive a care package from us through this organization this holiday season.
"The U.S. Military is us. There is no truer representation of a country than the people that it sends into the field to fight for it. The people who wear our uniform and carry our rifles into combat are our kids, and our job is to support them, because they're protecting us."
- Tom Clancy