Greeley Place and Operation Gratitude send support to military abroad
For the residents of Greeley Place, many of whom are veterans themselves, giving back to military personnel stationed abroad is a way to say thank you. Operation Gratitude, a care package collection drive, focused on doing just that: expressing appreciation and giving back.
The drive, organized by Greeley Place community manager Randy Whitworth and his wife Demoine, sought to collect snacks, personal care products, and financial donations from the community in order to send care packages to service members stationed around the world.
“We want to let the soldiers know that they are missed and appreciated,” said Demoine, community manager for Greeley Place.
Operation Gratitude began Saturday, November 15, and accepted items until the following Friday. The drive kicked off to a quick start, collecting $100 and seeing 25 people donate items by 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. Throughout the week, Greeley Place collected items like stationery, playing cards, energy bars, letters of support, and anything that reminds soldiers abroad that people back home are thinking of them—all on behalf of Operation Gratitude. All in all, Greeley Place collected $425 and enough items to send 70 care packages to troops abroad.
For residents like Robert Comiskey, Operation Gratitude gave him the opportunity to support the troops in the same way his wife supported him while he was stationed in New Guinea during World War II. His sentiments were echoed by fellow veteran and resident Larry Price, who assured he and other veterans “understand how much they will really appreciate [their support].”
Aside from residents and veterans supporting the drive, local schoolchildren who raised money for Veterans Day donated some of their proceeds to Operation Gratitude. Thanks to the success of Operation Gratitude and the residents at Greeley Place, soldiers missing their loved ones at home know their service is treasured.
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