LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — In partnership with the Los Angeles Fire Department and Los Angeles Police Department, Operation Gratitude volunteers will gather in memory of the 15th Anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001, and in honor of all our nation’s First Responders. Operation Gratitude invites volunteers of all ages to join us for a very special First Responder Appreciation Assembly Day.

Operation Gratitude Volunteers

Volunteers will work side by side with Southern California’s First Responders from LAFD and LAPD, corporate partners, and members of the media at this unique event to assemble more than 10,000 Care Kits and officially launch the Operation Gratitude First Responder Care Kit Program.

These kits will be distributed to every Los Angeles Police Officer, Firefighter, and Emergency Medical Technician. Additional kits will be sent to First Responders nationwide.

“After 13 years of serving the Military and Veteran communities, the Operation Gratitude First Responders Care Kit program will officially launch in remembrance of those who ran towards danger 15 years ago during the September 11, 2001 attacks . The Care Kit program is an organic expansion of our organization’s mission to say “thank you” to all who serve our nation.” says Carolyn Blashek, founder and CEO of Operation Gratitude. “We couldn’t be more excited to show our appreciation and gratitude for the everyday heroes who protect and serve the people and communities here at home.”

Event Details:
Operation Gratitude First Responder Appreciation Day

Date & Time:
Sunday, September 11, 2016
10am to 1pm

Forward Operation Base: Operation Gratitude (aka “The FOB”)
21100 Lassen Street, Chatsworth 91311

Volunteer Invitation
Individuals, families, and groups interested in honoring First Responders are encouraged to RSVP by completing an on-line registration form:

Operation Gratitude welcomes volunteers of all ages to join us for a special program and to assemble care kits or write “Thank You” letters to First Responders on Sunday, September 11th, 2016. Volunteers younger than 16 years old must have a responsible adult with transportation on the premises at all times.

Supporters and volunteers unable to attend this event are encouraged to contribute “Thank You” letters to First Responders, making “survival” style paracord bracelets, host a Collection or Cents for Service drive. More information can be found at

Care Kit sponsorship is also welcome at

To date, Operation Gratitude volunteers have assembled and shipped 1,606,071 care packages to individual Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines deployed in harm’s way, to their children left behind, and to First Responders, Veterans, New Recruits, Wounded Heroes and their Caregivers.