By Hope Su
Operation Gratitude is a non-profit organization dedicated to giving back to our military.
According to the organization’s official website, since its founding in 2003, volunteers have helped assemble over a million packages containing necessities like food and hygiene products, as well as personalized gifts and handwritten letters from loved ones.
Care packages are meant to lift the spirits of those who are returning from combat and adjusting to civilian life and those who have yet to return. The care packages are the organization’s way of showing the members of our military that their sacrifices are appreciated.
On special assembly days, volunteers are encouraged to visit the Forward Operating Base (FOB) and help assemble care packages that will be sent to both veterans and active soldiers.
The FOB is located at 21100 Lassen Street Chatsworth, CA 91311 and the special assembly days are held every month. Usually the facility is open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and is closed on Saturdays and Sundays. Over the summer, students are invited to visit the center in their spare time to help assemble care packages as an expression of gratitude. Volunteers who can’t visit the FOB in person are encouraged to help screen letters online written by families to include in the packages.
“Our mission is to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of our Active Duty and Veteran communities, and to provide volunteer opportunities for all Americans to express their appreciation to members of our military,” Development and Communications Coordinator Jessica Bernstein said in a press release.