Operation Gratitude delivers 700 care pouches to Arlington County first responders


Since 2003, Operation Gratitude has been supporting military veterans and first responders. 

On Friday, it thanked the Arlington County Police Department and Arlington County Fire and Rescue Department with 700 care pouches.

“It’s so much more than a care package,” said CEO Kevin Schmiegel. “These meaningful engagements that are taking place are bridging a divide that exists between civilians and our military and first responders.” 

This isn’t the first time the nonprofit has thanked Arlington County’s first responders, but Friday’s exchange was special — both units were present, including police and fire chiefs.

Over the last 16 years, Operation Gratitude has delivered 2.2 million care pouches, which include snack and hygiene items, and handmade gifts like knitted and crocheted scarves, handwritten thank you notes, and handmade bracelets. In 2018 alone Operation Gratitude worked with 790,000 volunteers. 

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