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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Operation Gratitude

Yesterday I did my grocery shopping, and when I went to BJs, a display table caught my eye. BJ's had launched a campaign for the month of May to send as many letters as possible to American soldiers serving around the world. Their display is set up so that you can write a letter right there, and drop it in their box. Or you can write a letter at home and bring it back to the club.

May is Military Appreciation Month, not to mention Memorial Day at the end of the month. This is such a simple way to tell soldiers that we appreciate their sacrifice, and it literally took me five minutes in the store to write a simple letter to a soldier thanking them for the service.


Here's how you can participate:

  • If you are a BJ's club member, you can write a letter in the store, and drop it in their mailbox.

  • You can also write a letter from home, and submit it one of three ways;

1. Return to the club and drop off the letter

2. Mail the letter to Operation Gratitude, 16444 Refugio Rd., Encino, CA 91436

3. Submit your letters online to www.bjs.com/facebook

It will only take a few minutes of your time, but it will mean so much to the soldiers. There is a list of helpful hints and guidelines on the BJ's website that will help you write your letter.

Operation Gratitude also sends care packages to the troops, and offers you the option of both writing to the troops, or writing to our veterans. I know that when my brother-in-law is deployed, (and he has been many, many times) the thing he appreciates the most is a letter from home.

Please consider taking a few moments to write to a soldier. It really is for such a great cause, and ironically, ties into what we've been talking about this week at Words On Wendhurst. :-)

God Bless America!


Kristen @ Miss Prissy Paige May 18, 2010 at 10:29 AM  

What a great way to say thanks, I love that BJs is taking the initiative. I sent holiday cards to soldiers last year and hope to make it a tradition for years to come.

Jennifer May 18, 2010 at 10:30 AM  

Kristen, holiday cards are a fabulous idea for soldiers! I need to make a note to do that this year. Thanks for the idea!

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