Yesterday, I had the honor of awarding a $3,000 grant to Operation Gratitude on behalf of our Company. The charity annually sends over 100,000 care packages addressed to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed in hostile regions, to their children left behind and to Veterans, First Responders, Wounded Warriors and their Care Givers. While I had heard of the non-profit before, the time I spent onsite was eye-opening.
After 9/11, the founder – a woman who was only a few years older in 2001 than I am today – wanted to do something to help our Country. She tried to enlist in the armed services and was told she didn’t qualify, but that was not going to stop her from showing how much she cared. It started in her living room when she filled four small boxes with items to send to some of her friends’ relatives overseas. Today, Operation Gratitude is approaching the 1,000,000th package sent. Wow.
Believe that you can change the world and you will.