Operation Gratitude

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Operation Gratitude sends 100,000+ care packages each year to U.S. Service Members deployed in hostile regions, their children left behind, veterans, first responders, wounded warriors and their care givers.  Packages are individually addressed and filled with snacks,letters of appreciation, personal and entertainment items.

Packages are  assembled at the Army National Guard Armory in Van Nuys, California for safety and security. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude has shipped more than 915,000 packages.

In February, Be A Light volunteers spent the morning assisting Operation Gratitude with “Prep” and “Assembly Day” tasks.

Prep” work includes sorting donated items, folding shirts, screening letters, and otherwise preparing the products for Assembly Days. In addition, if time allows,  instructions and materials are provided  for making Paracord Survival Bracelets.

Assembly Day” work includes production of the care packages, labeling, taping, letter reading and writing, running packages, re-stocking the lines and breaking down cartons.

Check us out in action below.

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Color Run Los Angeles 2013

Color Run LA happened on Saturday (Feb. 2) at Dodger Stadium with over 20,000 runners chasing pavement.

Overall, we had bunches of fun but our sad faces were on for a moment or two. My team signed up for the 9am start time but we were disappointed when we couldn’t get our happy feet across the start line until after 9:30. Once we crossed, with the fourth wave of runners, life immediately became colorful.

The other sad face appeared (pre-race) as we sat in what seemed like traffic on the 405 freeway to reach the parking area… we were anxious to begin the self-proclaimed “happiest 5K on the planet.”

Enough about the sad faces! Check out our happy faces below and look out for more awesome pics on my Facebook page tomorrow.

Did I mention that the swag bag made me smile? It included a pillow soft t-shirt, Color Run tattoos (2), a headband, and a color pack for the color explosion. And then, there were vendors passing out freebies and snacks, after we crossed the finish line.

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