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December 11, 2013

Non-profit marks one millionth care package

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Always a highlight of Operation Gratitude milestone package celebrations, the reveal of the special gifts for the One Millionth Care Package brought gasps and cheers from the audience of more than 4,000 attendees. Upper Deck, producer of sports cards and authenticated sports memorabilia, presented a poster hand-addressed to the One Millionth Package Recipient, signed by Tiger Woods.

Best Buy, the consumer electronics giant, revealed two Home Entertainment Systems – one each for the Millionth and the One Millionth & One packages. The systems included 55 and 32-inch Insignia TVs, Rocketfish wireless speakers, Insignia digital cameras and picture frames, a plethora of Rocketfish accessories, plus iPads.

Catching the crowd completely off-guard, Living Essentials, LLC, the distributor of 5-hour ENERGY® shots, unveiled the major gift for the recipient of Operation Gratitude’s One Millionth Care Package: a Ford F-150 pickup truck. The vehicle will be delivered to the soon-to-be-revealed service member upon returning home from deployment next Spring.

“Our One Millionth Care Package represents the enormous generosity and support of patriotic Americans and businesses all across the country,” said Carolyn Blashek, founder of Operation Gratitude. “We are thrilled that Upper Deck, Best Buy and 5-hour ENERGY® donated such extraordinary gifts to the milestone package recipient, who today represents all the members of the greatest Military on earth.”

An exciting secret overseas delivery of The One Millionth Care Package, containing symbolic keys to the Ford F-150 and certificates for the other gifts, will be revealed to the public through social and traditional media in the coming week.

Looking ahead, Blashek noted that even as America’s longest war is coming to an end, our troops continue to deploy to “hot-spots” far from home for long periods of time, and 40,000 Wounded Warriors, 23 million Veterans and their families wonder whether they have been forgotten.

“Operation Gratitude’s goal remains the same: Lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of our Active Duty and Veteran communities, and provide volunteer opportunities for all Americans to express their appreciation to members of our Military,” she said. “Today we have started our March to the Second Million.”

For more information about Operation Gratitude programs and activities, visit www.OperationGratitude.com, www.facebook.com/OperationGratitude, or www.twitter.com/OpGratitude.

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