The Sixth District is home to many companies that are investing in our community and in our nation. This week, I joined Comcast at Operation Gratitude in Lake Balboa for Comcast Cares Day. This day-long event is an opportunity for Comcast NBCUniversal employees, their friends and family to celebrate the company’s year-round commitment to service with a day of service and has grown into the nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer event.
This year Comcast NBCUniversal joined Operation Gratitude and assisted with their work that annually sends 150,000+ care packages filled with snacks, entertainment, hygiene and hand-made items, plus personal letters of appreciation, to new recruits, veterans, first responders, wounded warriors, care givers and to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed overseas. Their mission is to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of our Active Duty and Veteran communities, and provide volunteer opportunities for all Americans to express their appreciation to members of our Military. Each package contains donated product valued at $75-100 and costs the organization $15 to assemble and ship.
Over 625 volunteers joined me as and Operation Gratitude founder, Carolyn Blashek to assemble these gifts for the men and women serving our nation. There were residents of all ages from the community with kids preparing letters and making bracelets. The assembly line consisted of assembling the boxes, filling them with goodies and letters, sealing them and adding mailing labels.
I enjoyed the energy of this well-organized events. While we often speak about how we can serve the Sixth District, this was a great opportunity to serve our nation.