05 Nov 2007

SoCal Supports Our Troops & Needs YOUR Help



Operating Gratitude is an all volunteer organization of dedicated individuals led by one very determined woman, Carolyn Blashek, with the sole purpose to show support for our troops!

How many times have you thought, “What could I do to show my support for the men and women in the service of our country?” I’m not sure about you, but I’ve thought that many times.

Last June good friend, Marlene Bridges and I participated at a packing event for Operation Gratitude in Southern California. I wrote about driving from Orange County to the Armory in Van Nuys to lend a hand that day and we both had an incredible experience. An experience also shared by Marlene in her wonderful post on the subject.

So we are inviting anyone who can help, to join us next week-end, for the Holiday Drive, Saturday November 10th, to help pack the holiday care packages for our troops. This event is scheduled for both days, (10th & 11th) Marlene and I will be participating for the morning of the 11th, we’re scheduled for the a.m. session, 9:00 to noon. Normally we would be there longer, but this time Marlene has a flight later that day.

Please know this is not about politics…it’s about supporting those who are serving,…those who have left loved ones behind in the service of our country!


Hundreds of thousands of American troops are deployed in hostile and remote regions of the world, including the Middle East, Afghanistan, Africa, Guantanamo Bay and on ships throughout international waters. The physical conditions they must endure are difficult and they may be separated from loved ones for long periods of time. OPERATION GRATITUDE seeks to lift troops’ morale, and bring a smile to their faces by sending care packages to service members overseas. OPERATION GRATITUDE care packages contain food, toiletries, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation, all wrapped with good wishes of love and support.

 The 2007 Holiday Drive Volunteer Schedule:

Prep: Weekdays now through December 28: **
Monday and Fridays 9-4
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 12-4
**Armory closed Wednesday November 21**

Packing Days: **
November 10
-11 ~ Veteran’s Weekend
November 23-24 (Fri and Sat of Thanksgiving)
December 1 (New Packing Day-*Lt.Gen Hal Moore joins us*)

For more info, read the FAQ’s here.

If you’re not available on Saturday, you can contact the organization directly to volunteer for Sunday packing. See the schedule below. If you wish to car pool from the OC to Van Nuys, please let me know. I have room for four additional volunteers. Can’t make it that day, please check out the website to see how you can help in other ways. If you know a teacher or scout group, see how they can participate.

About the Author

I maintains an active residential re-sale brokerage in Brea, CA, located in Orange County, about 20 minutes north of Disneyland. Contact Lynda directly at (714) 595-1494, or Lynda@PreferredHomeBrokers.com – CA License #00402040

2 Responses to SoCal Supports Our Troops & Needs YOUR Help
  1. Oh Wow Lynda, I am so glad to see your community doing this. I wish I were closer to take part in it.

  2. Lynda – What a great way for the community to support the troops! – Ashley


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