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Operation Gratitude assembles 400,000th care package for troops.  December 13, 2008
Van Nuys, CA


This Saturday BikerHotline Editor Jack Lawford went to Operation Gratitude In Van Nuys California.
There were hundreds of volunteers that formed a human Assembly Line starting at 9am and just after 11:00 they hit a huge milestone and the 400,000th package  hit the assembly line. It was an incredible feeling to be part of this historic event.  Our friends Jeff and Debbie with South Bay Biker / Shasta Rally  were a big part of this event and we cannot thank them enough for inviting Jack to be there.

During a fast-paced and energetic weekend, 1000+ Operation Gratitude volunteers were joined on the assembly line by celebrities Kathy Ireland, Ben Affleck and Days of Our Lives stars;  Deidre Hall, Jay Kenneth Johnson and Leanne Hunley.

Other notables that attended and assisted were Los Angeles City Councilman Greig Smith, Sportscasters Ross Porter and Bonnie Jill Laflin, Mayoral candidate Walter Moore, two Junior ROTC units, dozens of Girl and Boy Scout Troops, church, temple, youth, school and Rotary groups, and high school cheerleaders stuffed, taped, labeled and transported thousands of packages until Director of Operations Charlie Othold announced at 11:15 a.m. that the 400,000th package had hit the assembly line.

 Take a look at all the pictures and please help support our troops and go to

www.OperationGratitude.com to learn more about how to be a part of operation gratitude!
 

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Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude

Jack meets Kathy Ireland!

Jack meets Kathy Ireland!

Organiser Carolyn Blashek Officiates

Organiser Carolyn Blashek Officiates

 

 

 

THE 400,000TH PACKAGE ASSEMBLED!

THE 400,000TH PACKAGE ASSEMBLED!

 

Carolyn Blashek, Jeff Kraus and Debbie Johnson

Carolyn Blashek, Jeff Kraus and Debbie Johnson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Master of package delivery arrives!

The Master of package delivery arrives!

 

Santa promises on time delivery

Santa promises on time delivery

 

 

 

 

 

Charlie Daniels' golden fiddle arrives!

Charlie Daniels' golden fiddle arrives!

We've got the golden fiddle!!

We've got the golden fiddle!!

 

 

 

Yo Santa!

Yo Santa!

 

Priority Mail to our boys overseas

Priority Mail to our boys overseas

Old Glory presided, too!

Old Glory presided, too!

Long time supporter Kathy Ireland

Long time supporter Kathy Ireland

 

 


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