Operation Gratitude has announced the launch of one of the largest coordinated efforts in the country to support the brave men and women on the frontlines of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Companies across all industries are joining together to form the Coalition to Support COVID-19 Frontline Responders, leveraging their collective resources and capabilities to provide direct support to hundreds of thousands of Frontline Responders nationwide.
Over the past two weeks, Operation Gratitude has delivered 60,000 individual items to Los Angeles Police and Fire Departments and 450 National Guardsmen in southern California.
(During these challenging times, Operation Gratitude has decided to focus on two things: providing direct support to the brave men and women on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. And giving every American the opportunity to express appreciation to front-line responders through #VirtualVolunteerism in their homes. Courtesy of Operation Gratitude and YouTube. Posted on Apr 3, 2020.)
Additionally, 30,000 individual items and 1,000+ handwritten letters have been delivered to the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington D.C.
Bulk deliveries are also scheduled this week at dozens of hospitals in NYC and Seattle and metropolitan police and fire departments in areas particularly impacted by the pandemic.
Operations will scale up exponentially with generous support from CSX, Liquid IV, Mars Wrigley, Prudential Financial, Starbucks and The Starbucks Foundation and Veterans United Home Loans.
The Coalition will be co-chaired by retired Lieutenant General Kathleen Gainey, who served as the Deputy Commander, U.S. Transportation Command and brings over 35-years of extensive logistics and transportation experience in the military and in collaboration with the private sector; and Robert Lackman, the former COO of The Gorilla Glue Company and a Navy veteran, who brings 25-years of supply chain and distribution expertise.
We had the honor of welcoming @BurbankPD to our FOB to pick up much needed items for their Patrol Officers. Thank you Burbank PD and all #FrontlineResponders for protecting our communities today and every day 🇺🇸 #COVID-19 https://t.co/Xn0yOWUaf7
— Operation Gratitude (@OpGratitude) April 8, 2020
Together the Coalition has pledged to support COVID-19 Frontline Responders by:
Raising $1.5 million in financial donations to fund bulk deliveries of 5 million items to 400 hospitals, police and fire departments, National Guard units and other Military response forces that are currently deployed or about to deploy.
Making in-kind donations of essential items, valued at $5 million, to support 300,000 frontline responders at hospitals, major metropolitan police and fire departments and deployed National Guard units over the next 10 weeks.
Mobilizing dedicated and grateful employees and their families through #VirtualVolunteerism with a focus on writing letters of gratitude to military, first responders and healthcare heroes.
Providing in-kind resources, to include critical transportation and logistics support and other professional services to ensure an agile and responsive operation.