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Military Mom Talk Radio hosted by Sandra Beck and Robin Boyd presents Military Appreciation Month, April 25

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In preparation for the upcoming Military Appreciation Month in May, Sandra, Robin and Rick thought it would be wonderful to update our military families on our favorite charities and talk about some of the great ways the civilian population is supporting our families both here and around the globe.  We will talk about exiting new programs, what’s happening with some of our favorite charities like Operation Gratitude, Taps, Give 2 the Troops, and Harvesting Happiness 4 Heroes.  We will also talk about some great organizations like Shepherd of the Hills with Al Detres and GoArmyHomes with Michael Russer and Liz Moore that are doing outstanding programs to support our military families.

Military Mom Talk Radio on airs on Mondays at 2pm Pacific Standard Time on Toginet Radio and can be downloaded directly from Itunes and MilitaryMomTalkRadio.com.

Military Mom Talk Radio is co-hosted by Sandra Beck and Robin Boyd and produced by Rick Swanson, hosted by Toginet Radio and powered by Motherhood Incorporated. Military Mom Talk Radio supports and helps bring information to the families of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard and is dedicated to serving our friends and family at the following Army bases:  Fort Sill, Fort Bragg, Fort Carson, Fort Jackson, Fort Sam Houston, Fort Dix, Fort Campbell, Fort Belvoir, Eglin AFB, Shaw AFB, Fort Hood, Fort Eustis, Fort Leonard Wood, Redstone Arsenal and Fort Bliss. We would also like to honor our friends and family at the following over seas installations: Bahrain Administrative Support Unit, NATO Support Activity Belgium, Bad Kreuznach, Rhein-Main Air Base, Stuttgart/Robinson Barracks, Naval Forces Guam, Kadena Air Base, Torii Station, Aviano Air Base.  We would like to thank the Department of Defense for supplying guest and topics.

Military Mom Talk Radio hosted by Sandra Beck and Robin Boyd presents Military Appreciation Month, April 25

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Military Mom Talk Radio hosted by Sandra Beck and Robin Boyd, and produced by Rick Swanson, presents Military Appreciation Month.
In preparation for the upcoming Military Appreciation Month in May, Sandra, Robin and Rick thought it would be wonderful to update our military families on our favorite charities and talk about some of the great ways the civilian population is supporting our families both here and around the globe.  We will talk about exiting new programs, what’s happening with some of our favorite charities like Operation Gratitude, Taps, Give 2 the Troops, and Harvesting Happiness 4 Heroes.  We will also talk about some great organizations like Shepherd of the Hills with Al Detres and GoArmyHomes with Michael Russer and Liz Moore that are doing outstanding programs to support our military families.

Military Mom Talk Radio on airs on Mondays at 2pm Pacific Standard Time on Toginet Radio and can be downloaded directly from Itunes and MilitaryMomTalkRadio.com.

Military Mom Talk Radio is co-hosted by Sandra Beck and Robin Boyd and produced by Rick Swanson, hosted by Toginet Radio and powered by Motherhood Incorporated. Military Mom Talk Radio supports and helps bring information to the families of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard and is dedicated to serving our friends and family at the following Army bases:  Fort Sill, Fort Bragg, Fort Carson, Fort Jackson, Fort Sam Houston, Fort Dix, Fort Campbell, Fort Belvoir, Eglin AFB, Shaw AFB, Fort Hood, Fort Eustis, Fort Leonard Wood, Redstone Arsenal and Fort Bliss. We would also like to honor our friends and family at the following over seas installations: Bahrain Administrative Support Unit, NATO Support Activity Belgium, Bad Kreuznach, Rhein-Main Air Base, Stuttgart/Robinson Barracks, Naval Forces Guam, Kadena Air Base, Torii Station, Aviano Air Base.  We would like to thank the Department of Defense for supplying guest and topics.

Operation Gratitude Scheduling a “Labeling Day” February 11

From our friends at Operation Gratitude –

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Dear Volunteers,

WOW!! You assembled and shipped more than 45,000 Holiday care packages (including our 600,000th package), and assembled an additional 6,000+ packages which we will send out over the next three months as we receive requests. This was an enormously successful Holiday Drive!! My deepest thanks to each of you for your time, efforts and dedication.

I also want to add my gratitude to our Catering Supervisor, Marsha Roseman, her terrific team of kitchen volunteers, and our very generous Lunch Sponsors who kindly prepare and serve lunch to all of us on Assembly Days. I have listed and linked the Lunch Donors below and hope you will have the opportunity to express your appreciation to them.

We have set the dates for the 2011 Patriotic Drive–I have included the schedule below. Please mark your calendars now!! We will post the 2011 Holiday Drive Schedule in the Spring.

Always check emails, Twitter and our website for schedule change notifications!

We have a “Labeling Day” scheduled to label and custom form completed care packages:
Friday February 11, 2010 from 9-2
Please join us for any time you are available that day.

As in the past, we welcome children ages 12 and older to all activities at the Armory; those ages 12-16 must have a responsible adult with transportation on the premises. Due to insurance, liability and safety concerns, we must strictly adhere to these rules–there will be NO EXCEPTIONS. Younger children are encouraged to write letters and organize recycling drives from home.

Every Assembly Day, you hear me praise and thank our wonderful team of “Supervisors”, those “Hard Corps Volunteers in the Royal Blue Shirts,” who accept responsibility for specific areas of our operation. As Operation Gratitude continues to grow, we need and welcome more Supervisors! If you are interested and available, especially during the week, please email or call our Director of Operations, Charlie Othold: othold@yahoo.com or 818-437-6201.

We have a special team of volunteers dedicated to reading and screening the personal letters submitted for the care packages. This is a critical task that requires careful attention, concentration and adherence to our strict content guidelines. If you are willing to read letters at home and/or at the armory, please contact Linda Barber at: lindalebar@yahoo.com or 818-996-3158. We have a mandatory meeting for all screeners at the Armory on February 11 (same day as labeling) at 12:00 Noon.

The Castaic Lake/Los Angeles Merrell Down & Dirty Mud Run will take place the night of Saturday April 16 (first ever Night Run) and the morning of Sunday April 17. We’d like a huge turn-out of “our family” to participate, volunteer and/or spectate this year. Stay tuned for exciting information about “Team Operation Gratitude!”

Again, many thanks for your phenomenal efforts in support of our troops. You truly made a difference in their lives during the Holiday season, as evidenced by the thousands of emails and letters we have received from our service members. Regularly check our Facebook Page and/or the Mail Call section of our site to read their very touching words and visit the Packages Arrive Photo Album to see their pictures and smiles. If you missed the news about the delivery of our 600,000th Care Package by the Commandant of the Marine Corps, click here: Special Delivery

All my best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year to you and your loved ones! I look forward to working with you this year.

Carolyn Blashek, president of Operation Gratitude

Many Thanks to Our Wonderful Lunch Sponsors:
Subway
Lancaster Rotary
Buca di Beppo
Jewel City Kiwanis Club
Maria’s Italian KItchen

Motherhood Talk Radio hosted by Sandra Beck Welcomes Carolyn Blashek of Operation Gratitude, November 23

Carolyn Blashek, Operation Gratitude, Support for troops, care packages for troops, Motherhood Talk Radio, Sandra Beck, Christy HollyCarolyn Blashek is the founder of Operation Gratitude, the California- based 501 (c) (3) non-profit, volunteer organization that annually sends 100,000+ care packages of snacks, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation addressed to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed in hostile regions such as Iraq and Afghanistan, and on military ships at sea.  Its mission is to lift morale, bring a smile to a service member’s face and to express to all our Armed Forces the appreciation and support of the American people.   Since its inception in March, 2003, Operation Gratitude has shipped more than 550,000 packages to American service members deployed overseas.

After 9-11, Blashek felt a passionate desire to help fight the war on terrorism. Although then a 46-year-old mother of two, her first thought was to join the Military. She quickly found out she was too old for duty and started volunteering at the military lounge in the Los Angeles airport. One day in March 2003, a soldier came into the office and broke down at her desk. He was on emergency leave from a war zone to bury his mother, his wife had left him and his only child had died as an infant–he had no one else in his life. “I’m going back over there; I don’t think I’ll make it back this time, but it really doesn’t matter because no one would even care” he told her. Right then Blashek realized that when bullets are flying, it’s critical for troops to know that someone cares about them as an individual. That’s when Operation Gratitude was born.

While most organizations ask people to support the troops by writing a check, Blashek wanted to provide a more personal and hands-on connection with our troops overseas.  She started asking everyone she met if they knew a deployed service member needing extra TLC so she could send them care packages of snacks and entertainment items.  Most importantly, each package would include letters of encouragement from appreciative citizens.  Now, Blashek is contacted by leaders and commanders in the field who see the positive impact the Operation Gratitude care packages have on their troops in combat.  Since November 2003, Operation Gratitude has conducted its Assembly Drives in the California Army National Guard Armory in Van Nuys, California.

Since starting Operation Gratitude in 2003, Blashek has devoted herself full time, as a volunteer, to the development and direction of the organization.  In January, 2008, at the invitation of the Commanding General, Blashek personally delivered the 300,000th package, containing the keys to a new Jeep Liberty, to a Soldier deployed in Northern Iraq.  First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden and 25 members of Congress and the Obama Administration joined Blashek and 12,000 Operation Gratitude volunteers on January 19, 2009, the National Day of Service, to assemble 85,000 care kits for Operation Gratitude packages

Operation Gratitude has been featured widely in the media.  Blashek has been a guest nationally on Fox News, CNN, Good Morning America, NPR’s Morning Edition, as well as the Dennis Prager, Larry Elder, Brian Whitman, John Riggins and the Satellite Sisters Radio Shows. Dozens of Internet websites and blogs have mentioned and link to Operation Gratitude.

Blashek is a member of the New York and California Bars, practiced law at the Los Angeles law firm of Loeb & Loeb, was Associate Counsel for Hilton Hotels Corporation, taught as a Visiting Professor at Whittier Law School and has a Certificate in Mediation.   While raising children full-time, Blashek participated in several charitable and school based organizations, and was President of the Board of Trustees of The Women’s Care Cottage, a shelter for homeless women and children in Los Angeles.  California First Lady Maria Shriver awarded the 2010 Minerva Humanitarian Award to Blashek.

Blashek was born and raised in Manhattan.  Following graduation from Barnard College in 1976 and Columbia Law School in 1979, she moved to Los Angeles with her husband and fellow-law school classmate, Robert.  Together they raised two children (Jenna, 25 and Jordan, 23), two dogs and several cats. 

Motherhood Talk Radio is powered by Motherhood Incorporated, bringing you the most powerful voice in women’s issues today and is hosted by Sandra Beck, Christy Holly and Rick Swanson.  Motherhood Talk Radio airs on www.Toginet.com every Tuesday, 3 pm pacific, 4pm mountain, 5 pm central and 6 pm eastern and can be downloaded from www.Itunes.com and www.motherhoodtalkradio.com.

Military Mom Talk Radio Salutes Carolyn Blashek of Operation Gratitude

 

Operation Gratitude Founder Receives Minerva Award from
California First Lady Maria Shriver

 
 Blashek Recognized for Her Support of the Military  

 

Long Beach, CA, October 28, 2010–Carolyn Blashek, founder of Operation Gratitude, was honored Tuesday with the “Minerva Award” during the grand finale of the Women’s Conference 2010 held in Long Beach, California. Maria Shriver presented the beautiful Minerva statuette, created by Artist Michael De Medina, to Blashek along with four other “Remarkable Women with Remarkable Legacies:” Oprah Winfrey, Sandra Day O’Connor, Oral Lee Brown and Sister Terry Dodge.   The Women’s Conference produced and aired a 6 minute video on each recipient and granted each winner a $25,000 Minerva prize to continue their charitable work. 

 

“This Award acknowledges every American across the country who participates in Operation Gratitude, and it pays tribute to our Military heroes who inspire us to a cause greater than ourselves,” said Blashek upon receipt of the Award.   “I humbly accept this Minerva in their honor and dedicate it to those who sacrificed all to preserve our freedoms here at home.”

Created by California First Lady Maria Shriver in 2004, The Minerva Award has become the country’s most http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=9dmzolbab&et=1103841843908&s=115256&e=001Xr_EZ52kOmMfpetpNpwoyRfw7jlJiL7AkI0p4owI89KXlIP6nbfxnSES-W4VAwcRFInq_iPe0gyGywWu30Ahl06GSTEF1AWrJGFeUn4pdhne7UFGKQ-Uu-s8lDjnGdVTt3bdh5WTKHXMNG3HA8ryWWtL_F1he3eIBr2D67yOOI5EKcoJ9ksk8FUDRULPBI3O6b1bQ49fhKM=prestigious award given to women “who serve on the front-lines of humanity,” celebrating their extraordinary legacies of service.

Named for the Roman goddess Minerva who graces the California State Seal, the awards annually honor women who, in the spirit of Minerva, changed California and the nation with their courage, strength and wisdom. Minerva Award recipients have made extraordinary contributions in the areas of the Arts, Health and Sciences, Community Activism, Human Rights, Business and Technology, Motherhood, Innovation, Education and Finance.

“This year’s Minerva Award honorees are women who live with a deep sense of purpose and who are passionately dedicated to serving others,” said Maria Shriver. “These Minervas all identified problems and unmet needs in their communities and have worked tirelessly to solve them. By honoring them, we hope to inspire others to be Architects of Change just like them.”

From the very start of this country’s longest war, Blashek has spent every day supporting the men and women who put their lives on the line overseas for the freedoms we enjoy at home. A former attorney who became a full-time mother, Blashek was so moved by the enormity of 9/11, that she tried to enlist in the military at age 46. She was sent home for being “too old,” and so began the odyssey that led to Operation Gratitude, the largest military support organization sending personalized care packages to deployed troops in US history.

Inspired by meeting a lonely and distraught soldier on his way to the war zone in March, 2003, Blashek sent her first four care packages on the day the war broke out in Iraq. Soon her living room turned into a staging area and post office as friends joined her to send packages filled with snacks, toiletries, DVD’s, candy and letters of thanks to service members.  Within six months, the effort had outgrown Blashek’s home.  After a chance meeting with, and invitation from, SSG Elizabeth Cowie, Operation Gratitude moved into the National Guard Armory in Van Nuys, CA, which today remains the production site for the care package assembly drives. Thousands of volunteers, young and old, able bodied and handicapped, members of every race, nationality and political persuasion, fill the Armory–all joined together in common cause to put a smile on a service member’s face.

Commanders in the field support and encourage Blashek’s efforts because they see the positive impact of the care packages on their troops deployed away from home. Thousands of soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines have sent Blashek letters of thanks saying the packages are a reminder of why they serve in harm’s way: for Americans back home who notice the sacrifices they make–and care.

For Blashek, “The mission is two-fold: to honor and remember our troops by sending care packages, and to provide every American an avenue to express their own appreciation to our Military.”

To date, more than 560,000 Operation Gratitude care packages have been sent to service members deployed in combat, each with a personal letter of thanks from someone back home.  The 600,000th package will be assembled and shipped on December 11, 2010.

To view the 6 minute Minerva Feature Video: http://www.biglifefilms.com/minervafilms2010.html
To view the entire Minerva Award ceremony: http://www.womensconference.org/the-womens-conference-2010/video/twc-grand-finale

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About Operation Gratitude
 

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 harm’s way. The organization’s 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. Each package contains donated product valued at ~$125 and costs the organization $15 to assemble and ship. For safety and security, assembling of packages occurs at the Army National Guard armory in Van Nuys, California. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude volunteers have shipped more than 560,000 packages to American Military deployed overseas.  The 600,000th package will be assembled and shipped on December 11, 2010.
Learn more about Operation Gratitude by visiting:

Web: http://www.OperationGratitude.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/OpGratitude
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OperationGratitude
Blog: http://OpGrat.wordpress.com

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/OpGrat  

Sandra Beck salutes Carolyn Blashek of Operation Gratitude

 

Operation Gratitude Founder Receives Minerva Award from
California First Lady Maria Shriver

 
 Blashek Recognized for Her Support of the Military  

 

Long Beach, CA, October 28, 2010–Carolyn Blashek, founder of Operation Gratitude, was honored Tuesday with the “Minerva Award” during the grand finale of the Women’s Conference 2010 held in Long Beach, California. Maria Shriver presented the beautiful Minerva statuette, created by Artist Michael De Medina, to Blashek along with four other “Remarkable Women with Remarkable Legacies:” Oprah Winfrey, Sandra Day O’Connor, Oral Lee Brown and Sister Terry Dodge.   The Women’s Conference produced and aired a 6 minute video on each recipient and granted each winner a $25,000 Minerva prize to continue their charitable work. 

 

“This Award acknowledges every American across the country who participates in Operation Gratitude, and it pays tribute to our Military heroes who inspire us to a cause greater than ourselves,” said Blashek upon receipt of the Award.   “I humbly accept this Minerva in their honor and dedicate it to those who sacrificed all to preserve our freedoms here at home.”

Created by California First Lady Maria Shriver in 2004, The Minerva Award has become the country’s most http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=9dmzolbab&et=1103841843908&s=115256&e=001Xr_EZ52kOmMfpetpNpwoyRfw7jlJiL7AkI0p4owI89KXlIP6nbfxnSES-W4VAwcRFInq_iPe0gyGywWu30Ahl06GSTEF1AWrJGFeUn4pdhne7UFGKQ-Uu-s8lDjnGdVTt3bdh5WTKHXMNG3HA8ryWWtL_F1he3eIBr2D67yOOI5EKcoJ9ksk8FUDRULPBI3O6b1bQ49fhKM=prestigious award given to women “who serve on the front-lines of humanity,” celebrating their extraordinary legacies of service.

Named for the Roman goddess Minerva who graces the California State Seal, the awards annually honor women who, in the spirit of Minerva, changed California and the nation with their courage, strength and wisdom. Minerva Award recipients have made extraordinary contributions in the areas of the Arts, Health and Sciences, Community Activism, Human Rights, Business and Technology, Motherhood, Innovation, Education and Finance.

“This year’s Minerva Award honorees are women who live with a deep sense of purpose and who are passionately dedicated to serving others,” said Maria Shriver. “These Minervas all identified problems and unmet needs in their communities and have worked tirelessly to solve them. By honoring them, we hope to inspire others to be Architects of Change just like them.”

From the very start of this country’s longest war, Blashek has spent every day supporting the men and women who put their lives on the line overseas for the freedoms we enjoy at home. A former attorney who became a full-time mother, Blashek was so moved by the enormity of 9/11, that she tried to enlist in the military at age 46. She was sent home for being “too old,” and so began the odyssey that led to Operation Gratitude, the largest military support organization sending personalized care packages to deployed troops in US history.

Inspired by meeting a lonely and distraught soldier on his way to the war zone in March, 2003, Blashek sent her first four care packages on the day the war broke out in Iraq. Soon her living room turned into a staging area and post office as friends joined her to send packages filled with snacks, toiletries, DVD’s, candy and letters of thanks to service members.  Within six months, the effort had outgrown Blashek’s home.  After a chance meeting with, and invitation from, SSG Elizabeth Cowie, Operation Gratitude moved into the National Guard Armory in Van Nuys, CA, which today remains the production site for the care package assembly drives. Thousands of volunteers, young and old, able bodied and handicapped, members of every race, nationality and political persuasion, fill the Armory–all joined together in common cause to put a smile on a service member’s face.

Commanders in the field support and encourage Blashek’s efforts because they see the positive impact of the care packages on their troops deployed away from home. Thousands of soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines have sent Blashek letters of thanks saying the packages are a reminder of why they serve in harm’s way: for Americans back home who notice the sacrifices they make–and care.

For Blashek, “The mission is two-fold: to honor and remember our troops by sending care packages, and to provide every American an avenue to express their own appreciation to our Military.”

To date, more than 560,000 Operation Gratitude care packages have been sent to service members deployed in combat, each with a personal letter of thanks from someone back home.  The 600,000th package will be assembled and shipped on December 11, 2010.

To view the 6 minute Minerva Feature Video: http://www.biglifefilms.com/minervafilms2010.html
To view the entire Minerva Award ceremony: http://www.womensconference.org/the-womens-conference-2010/video/twc-grand-finale

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About Operation Gratitude
 

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 harm’s way. The organization’s 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. Each package contains donated product valued at ~$125 and costs the organization $15 to assemble and ship. For safety and security, assembling of packages occurs at the Army National Guard armory in Van Nuys, California. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude volunteers have shipped more than 560,000 packages to American Military deployed overseas.  The 600,000th package will be assembled and shipped on December 11, 2010.
Learn more about Operation Gratitude by visiting:

Web: http://www.OperationGratitude.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/OpGratitude
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/OperationGratitude
Blog: http://OpGrat.wordpress.com

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/OpGrat