Sunday, May 18, 2008

Memorial Day is Coming

Memorial Day is Coming

The other day I posted on Operation Gratitude, the non-profit group which sends packages and letters to our military deployed in war zones.

Again, I’m emphasizing support for them because they do a remarkable job on little money. I’ve always believed that the competence of any organization is usually a top-down phenomenon. Market analysts believe the same thing since they look to the CEO as part of their prediction of value in a given company’s stock.

In the case of Operation Gratitude, the top-down phenomenon holds. The woman who founded the group has the vision and determination to attract others to volunteer with her. Together they have done remarkable work.

Here’s an interview with Carol Blashek. It’s an attitude adjustment for all of us to realize what the determination of one person can accomplish.

Memorial Day is coming. Please click on the website or, better yet, send a check to:
- - - - - - - - -
Operation Gratitude/
Carolyn Blashek
16444 Refugio Road
Encino, California 91436

Ten dollars will send one package to someone in the military. They also have a PayPal button, but if you use that, throw in a few dollars more to cover their PayPal expense.

There are many creative ideas on this site, but I’ve never seen this one put into practice before. It’s one of those “why-didn’t-someone-think-of-that before” inspirations.

Penny Alfonso has organized a letter-writing campaign to veterans of former wars (Vietnam, anyone?) to let them know their service is still appreciated. She’s on this page; scroll down a little to see her headline. You can email her with the name and address of a vet who you think would appreciate a letter. As long as there is life and spirit, it’s never too late to say thank you.