A couple of weeks ago, I posted here about a group called Operation Gratitude, and their work to support American Soldiers and first responders, and to thank them for their service. The post mentioned sending coffee to soldiers, but the group is much more than that. On a recent Saturday, volunteers packed 9,606 Care Packages for Veterans and Deployed Service members, and this Wednesday they willl pack and send 8,000 for first responders. We are always looking for volunteers to host Wish List item collection drives (for items in our Care Packages) and write Thank You letters (each care package includes hand written letters from grateful Americans). We have hundreds of thousands of volunteers across the country. To learn how you can help, go to https://www.operationgratitude.com/express-your-thanks/
A veteran from Operation Iraqi Freedom knows first-hand what it’s like to be far from home dealing with high pressure, dangerous situations. Chris McArthur was just 20 when he was in one of the first Marine Corps units to reach Baghdad back in 2003 and now he wants to give back to the troops in harm’s way.
These days, McArthur owns a coffee shop and bistro called Black and Brew Coffee House as well as Patriot Coffee Roasters. So he’s sending soldiers and sailors overseas free coffee. He started "Operation Hero's Salute" which sends about 30 bags of Patriot Coffee to an armed forces unit stationed around the world, once a month. “I’m familiar with the sacrifices they’re making, the time away from their family, the experiences they’re going through and the things they have to witness,” McArthur says. And a little free coffee could be the perfect pick-me-up to make their day.