REL show proceeds benefit 'Operation Gratitude'

Published on Thursday, 22 May 2014 23:22 - Written by From Staff Reports

Operation Gratitude will receive a portion of ticket sales of Robert E. Lee High School’s USO show

The charity is a favorite of director Amy Clemons, who is a veteran herself.

“Operation Gratitude annually sends 150,000-plus Care Packages filled with snacks, entertainment, hygiene and hand-made items, plus personal letters of appreciation, to veterans, first responders, wounded warriors, caregivers and to individually named U.S. service members deployed overseas,” the group’s website explains. “Our mission is to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of our Active Duty and Veteran communities, and provide volunteer opportunities for all Americans to express their appreciation to members of our military.”

Each package contains donated products valued at $75-100 and costs the organization $15 to assemble and ship, the group says.

“Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude volunteers have shipped more than 1 million Care Packages,” it notes.