"Operation Gratitude annually sends 100,000 care packages filled with snacks, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation addressed to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed in hostile regions, to their children left behind and to Wounded Warriors, Veterans and First Responders. Our mission is to lift morale, bring a smile to a service member’s face and express to our Armed Forces the appreciation and support of the American people."
"All Volunteer days...include both “Prep” and “Assembly” work. “Prep” work consists of sorting donated items, folding shirts, screening letters, and otherwise preparing the products and the Assembly Line for our Assembly Days. “Assembly” work includes production of the care packages, labeling, taping, custom forming, letter reading and writing, running packages, re-stocking the lines, breaking down cartons and many other tasks."
"As in the past, we welcome children ages 12 and older; those ages 12-16 must have a responsible adult with transportation on the premises at all times. Due to insurance, liability and safety concerns, we must strictly adhere to these rules–there are no exceptions."
"All volunteers must sign a Release Form (parents/guardians must sign for minor under 18). To download and print, please click here: RELEASE FORM"
Updated info and important details are at www.operationgratitude.com/volunteer/volunteer-info-schedule
Questions can be answered by Operation Gratitude via [masked]
I may be wrong. Based on a couple of times, it seems volunteers can arrive/leave any time and can help for as long as possible: 1 hour, 2 hours, 3 hours, or more. A good number of volunteers arrive by 9am. However, help is also needed later on in the day, so it should be "okay" to arrive when your schedule/availability allows if 9am isn't good for you. Check their site for any changes to the dates/times and for any other relevant information - www.operationgratitude.com/volunteer/volunteer-info-schedule
Feel free to volunteer on your own or with any other volunteers who will be there. If any members want to work together, consider coordinating with one another beforehand. Maybe exchange contact info prior to the event or describe what you will wear so other people can find you among the many other volunteers. Or maybe meet early at the volunteer registration table. You all can decide what's best for meeting one another. This is a neat event for a good cause, so hopefully you all have a pleasant and positive experience. Thank you.