Operation Gratitude Reaches Milestone
December 15, 2007 , VAN NUYS, Calif. - Operation Gratitude, a nonprofit organization that sends care packages and letters of support to troops deployed overseas, reached an unprecedented production milestone on Sat., Dec. 15 when Santa Claus and volunteers assembled the 300,000th care package. Courtesy of Chrysler LLC’s Jeep® brand, the package contained a special surprise, keys to an all-new 2008 Jeep Liberty vehicle. Santa assists Stephen Quinn (right), district manager of the West Business Center, as Quinn inserts the keys to the Jeep Liberty in the package. The vehicle will be awarded to the package recipient upon their return to the United States. With its origin dating back to WWII, the Jeep brand and its dealers have long supported the U.S. military and have been involved with Operation Gratitude since 2004. Chrysler LLC recently announced a partnership with The Freedom Calls Foundation to make the company’s video conferencing facilities in southeast Michigan available to connect families and soldiers during the holiday season.