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Partner Spotlight: Meet Operation Gratitude

October 16, 2019

Operation Gratitude has raised over $500 with Planet Green in 2019 and almost $10,000 since they started fundraising with us. They use the funds to help send care packages to our troops overseas! We talked with them about their mission and how they’ve used the Planet Green Recycle Program to help support all of their fundraising goals.

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Planet Green (PG): Can you tell us a little bit about your organization, Operation Gratitude?

Operation Gratitude (OG): Operation Gratitude was founded in March 2003 by Carolyn Blashek. That first day, she sent four care packages to troops deployed in the Middle East, wanting them to know that someone back home was thinking of them.

Today, Operation Gratitude annually sends 150,000-plus care packages filled with snacks, hygiene, entertainment and handmade items, plus personal letters of support, to New Recruits, Veterans, First Responders, Wounded Warriors and their Care Givers, and to individually-named U.S. Service Members deployed overseas.

Operation Gratitude’s mission is to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of our Military and First Responder communities and provide volunteer opportunities for Americans to express their appreciation to all who serve our nation. Our mission has resonated deeply with those who wish to show their support, and now we have more than 50,000 volunteers across the U.S. who have helped us send over 1.25 million care packages to date. We have received thousands of letters from our care package recipients thanking Operation Gratitude for the reminder that folks back home recognize their sacrifice and care. For more info, please visit our website:

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PG: How long have you been fundraising with Planet Green? How much have you raised so far?

OG: We partnered with Planet Green in October of 2011, and so far we’ve raised almost $10,000.

PG: How did you hear about the program?

OG: Operation Gratitude volunteers were researching companies that recycled toner cartridges, and we came across the local company, Planet Green.

PG: How has your experience been so far?

OG: Very positive! Our representatives at Planet Green are very friendly and helpful, and can even be contacted directly. We believe our partnership has been mutually beneficial.

PG: What are your recommendations for anyone who’s considering the program or is new to it?

OG: Operation Gratitude recommends Planet Green to any individual, organization or company looking to recycle ink cartridges or electronics. Signing up is easy and free, and you only stand to benefit!

You can support Operation Gratitude by recycling inkjet cartridges, cell phones, and small electronics on their behalf. Sign up here:

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