Ben Affleck and Patricia Heaton Join Operation Gratitude
Academy and Emmy Award Winners Support Deployed Troops

Van Nuys, CA - December 11, 2008 - Academy Award winning Screenwriter Ben Affleck and 2-time Emmy Award-winning actress Patricia Heaton will once again join Operation Gratitude Volunteers to assemble the final round of Holiday Care Packages on Sunday, December 14 at the National Guard Armory in Van Nuys, CA. 
Affleck, an actor and director who won the Academy Award for his screenplay Good Will Hunting, first worked with Operation Gratitude volunteers in November, 2007.  He later appeared on the Regis and Kelly TV show to promote the organization and encourage all Americans to support our Troops. 
Ms. Heaton, co-star of the TV series, Everybody Loves Raymond, has been a long-time supporter and volunteer of Operation Gratitude.
The Hollywood stars will join senior Military Officers and hundreds of volunteers on the final day of the record-setting 2008 Holiday Drive, during which the organization will have assembled  70,000 care packages including the milestone 400,000th package on Saturday December 13th.

WHERE: California National Guard Armory
              17330 Victory Boulevard
               Van Nuys, CA 91406
               Corner of Victory and Louise
Saturday, December 13, 2008: 400,000th Package Celebration from 11am-12:30pm
Sunday, December 14, 2008: Military Oficers, Ben Affleck and Patricia Heaton join Volunteers
             9am to 4pm
             Presentations: 11am-12 Noon


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