Operation Gratitude is a beautiful program that provides care packages for overseas soldiers from the United States. These care packages include many items that soldiers appreciate receiving, including snacks, entertainment, hygiene products, and letters of encouragement and support. They also include an item relevant to all of our interests: handmade scarves.
If you enjoy knitting scarves and would like to consider a new location for them, you’ll definitely want to check out Operation Gratitude’s Scarves for Troops program. Their 2016 drive is underway now, and this is a great time to start knitting scarves and get some ready for their winter care package campaign.
Operation Gratitude has been sending care packages to troops since 2003, and in that time it has delivered well over 1 million care packages. So this is a long-term dedicated effort, but one that requires many hands to accomplish its task. These care packages are priceless morale boosters to men and women who are stationed, in combat, or simply in training.
How Can I Help?
You can, of course, knit scarves. For we knitters, this is probably the most enjoyable way to give a hand! If you would rather knit hats, they’ll gladly take those as well. Be sure to check the guidelines on their Scarves for Troops page to ensure that your gift will be used and welcomed by each care package recipient. (Take careful notice, in particular, to size and color restrictions.)
If your hands are already full with other charity knitting projects, but you’d still like to help Operation Gratitude, fear not! Check out this list of 10 ways you can help Operation Gratitude. There are many other ways you can contribute to the Operation Gratitude mission.
I would encourage you to take some time to peruse the Operation Gratitude blog and read some of the stories and suggestions posted there. I think you’ll find it hard to resist the opportunity to provide love and support to overseas troops once you’ve read a few posts.
So if you’re looking for a way to help out men and women serving their country, whether it’s through knitting or through other ways, you should definitely consider Operation Gratitude!