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Thursday, December 13, 2012



Dear Jean Joachim,
On behalf of Operation Gratitude and the United States Military members who receive our care packages, I thank you for your generosity.
Your donation of $50.00 will enable us to send over 100,000 ‘chock full’ Care Packages this year to: Tens of thousands of brave men and women still deployed overseas in harsh and remote areas; to their children anxiously awaiting their return; and to Veterans & Wounded Warriors recuperating stateside.
The care packages contain snacks, personal care necessities, entertainment items and letters from appreciative Americans. These expressions of love and concern from fellow citizens offer our Military a much-deserved respite from the hardships of service, and are always greeted with enthusiasm and great appreciation.
As one Private First Class wrote:
"I cannot express to you how great it feels to come home after a long day of running missions to find a care package full of love sitting on your bunk. You are exhausted from wearing 50 plus pounds of armor for hours on end, then you open the package, see all that love, and are rejuvenated and ready to face the world again. It may sound small but it really does help enormously. Our location doesn't have a real PX so we rely on the support of people at Operation Gratitude for the items we need--not to mention the morale boosting items such as cookies or candy. You all are the true heroes. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."
To read the most current letters of thanks from our troops and to see their photos with your Operation Gratitude care packages, please "Like" us on Facebook:, "follow" us on Twitter: and Pinterest:
Every $15 donated sends another care package: You may be able to double or even triple your donation! Many companies have matching gift programs, through which they will match your donation, or maybe even double or triple it! Please check with your Human Resources/Personnel office to learn if your donation is eligible for a matching donation.
In an attempt to maximize funds for postage for the care packages, we have sent this email acknowledgment, a printed copy of which may be used as a receipt for tax purposes. Please let me know if you need a formal hard copy letter to be sent through the regular mail as well.
Operation Gratitude has been granted non-profit status under Section 501 (c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Service Code. Your contribution to this organization is fully deductible for federal income tax purposes as no goods or services were received in exchange. The Operation Gratitude Tax ID number is 20-0103575.
Thank you again for your thoughtfulness and wonderful patriotic spirit--every dollar we receive truly makes a difference to our mission of putting smiles on service members' faces. The brave members of the U.S. Military who receive your generosity will remember your kindness forever. And I will always be appreciative of your support and encouragement for Operation Gratitude.
  Carolyn Blashek, President  
  Carolyn Blashek, President

Welcome! I'm feeling like Santa today, so let me give you a gift. 



Every commenter who leaves an email address will win a copy of my book CHAMPAGNE FOR CHRISTMAS. Please leave your preferred format, too.  A little bit about the book: Can a craving for mint chip ice cream and a passion for the theater spark romance? Hunky Clint is younger than Nina. He’s a high school English teacher and a budding playwright. Nina, an actress, is a beautiful, lonely, wealthy widow. What can they possibly have in common? Mint chip ice cream brings them together but there is more to life than ice cream and steamy romance. Can their love of the theater keep them together or will it ultimately drive them apart? 

For every comment, I will donate $1.00 to Operation: Gratitude, an outfit that sends care packages to the military. (Up to $100.)
 So please leave a comment. Holiday time is about giving. Come on...speak me raise money for a great charity. Don't forget your email address and preferred format for your free book. 

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Sherry Gloag said...

:-) Just stopping by to say #Hi' to a fellow blogger. Hope you have a very succesful Hop.

Kathleen Grieve said...

Awesome, Jean! :)

Josie Hink said...

What a giving heart you have...I can't wait to read your books. Hope you have a wonderful holiday season!!!


laurie said...

thank you for the awesome blog hop and wonderful giveaway

Karen said...

Just stopping by to say hi. Nice post.

katsrus said...

That is wonderful you are donating money for every comment. Merry Christmas.
Sue B

crystaley73 said...

What a wonderful giveaway. God bless all of our military
Merry christmas and Thank You for donating to such a wonderful program.
crystaley73 at yahoo dot com
PDF or Epub

Kathleen Ball said...

You are such a giver. The world needs more like you

Carolyn Gibbs said...

Great post, Jean. Just stop by to say Hi!

kimberly holgate said...

thats realy nice of you i was deployed and they do enjoy the thought
mobi or pdf is fine
kaholgate at ymail dot com

Brenda A. said...

Being in the military I know that group! It's great! And thank you for the gift! Merry Christmas!

xstitchdiva at att dot net

K. April Holgate said...

Happy Happy Holidays! Thanks for the great giveaway! OOOH Mobi please!


Ashley Applebee said...

How awesome!! I'm happy to post a comment and help out a great cause!!
PDF format would be cool :)
Ashley A

donnas said...

Great cause. Happy Holidays!!

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Tessa said...

Thank you so much for the awesome giveaway and also for the wonderful charity donation! Have a wonderful holiday season!

Anonymous said...

Wow, what a marvelous giveaway and a wonderful way to support our military. Thank you for your generosity all the way around.

Your book sounds absolutely fab and I'm excited to read it. I would love Kindle format. Thank you again!

maeclair (at) maeclair (dot) com

cheralyn said...

Thanks for the great giveaway and for donating. I would like pdf format. Merry Christmas! cheryllynne(at)rocketmail(dot)com

Gale Nelson said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Merry Christmas! Gale and I have a kindle.

BLHmistress said...

What a beautiful thing to do. I will gladly comment. Not for the free book that's nice but to help reach your goal.

Happy Holidays- Kindle format


Lisa said...

Great idea Jean. I already have the book, so no need to enter me for that. Just wanted to help you reach your goal

Sharon S said...

How awesome Jean! Thank you for the giveaway and for the donation.

Happy Holidays!


Kindle format

Bennet Pomerantz said...

Happy December Seasonal Holiday and a great 2013..if the Mayan calendar is wrong

Bennet Pomerantz
PDF file

Desere said...

You are all kinds of awesome! Thank you so very much for your kind heart,merry Christmas.

mobi format please

Shadow said...

What an awesome hop!! And a fantastic giveaway! Thank you!! Happy holidays to you all! Best wishes and many blessings!