Lakers Team Up: Operation Gratitude
In the final Lakers Team Up community service event of the offseason, the Lakers staff, Laker Girls, Lakers Season Ticket holders and Coach Mike Brown joined Operation Gratitude to assemble care packages for military personnel and their families. The care packages are sent to military personnel engaged in active duty, Wounded Warriors and to the children of servicepeople who are currently deployed.
Lakers staff, Laker Girls, Lakers Season Ticket Holders and Coach Mike Brown all worked in different capacities to make the service time a success. Some assembled the shipping boxes for the care packages, while others worked an assembly line to fill the care packages. Still others spent the afternoon writing personalized letters to the servicepeople, one of which was included in each box.
The Lakers have teamed up with Operation Gratitude in the past, both as service volunteers and as product donors. Operation Gratitudeís mission statement is to lift morale and put smiles on faces by sending care packages addressed to individual Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines deployed in harmís way, to their children left behind, and to Wounded Warriors recuperating in Transition Units. Operation Gratitude care packages contain food, hygiene products, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation, all wrapped with good wishes of love and support.
In total 2,500 packages were assembled during the Lakers morning shift. Operation Gratitude sends 100,000 packages annually and the Lakers organization is proud to have helped contribute to that growing number of packages. Thank you Operation Gratitude for your inspiring support of the military community!
The Lakers Team Up service campaign will continue, as Lakers staff will partner with a different service organization during every month of the 2011-2012 NBA season.