Scarves for Troops Program

This is a great program! If you can knit or crochet, please consider participating.

Operation Gratitude Blog

Operation Gratitude’s Scarves for Troops Program is more popular than ever thanks to the dedicated and generous support from talented people like YOU all across the country! These handmade-with-love gifts are treasured by all who receive them!ScarvesforTroopsCollageIf you have knitting or crocheting skills, we invite you to join us — starting now — so we can include one of these precious gifts in each of the winter-time care packages we send!Want to get started? Here are a few Frequently Asked Questions…and Answers!

  • Is there a pattern for the scarves and hats? There is no specific pattern to follow so feel free to use your own — or you can find some here: PATTERNSWe do recommend that you keep them simple and perhaps use slightly larger needles so more can be made! Please keep your scarves within our size restrictions (no larger than 4″-6″ wide…

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Governor Rick Perry: Week in Review: 11/15/2013

November 9, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry: Teamwork Needed if GOP to Win White House

Texas  Gov. Rick Perry is spending time in Iowa, possibly in hopes of seeking support  for another run at the presidency and calling for Republicans to “find our  middle ground” so the party can retake the White House in 2016. read more….

November 10, 2013

Governor Rick Perry visits Onion Creek neighborhood

Governor Rick Perry visited the Onion Creek neighborhood in Southeast Austin Sunday. read more….

November 11, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry Heads to S.C.

Texas governor Rick Perry may have stumbled during the 2012 presidential campaign, but he seems to be leaving the door open for a 2016 run. Early next month, he’ll return to South Carolina, where he’ll headline the winter banquet for the state party. read more….

Gov. Rick Perry’s father gets long-delayed medals with help from Rep. Kenny Marchant

68 years after serving in World War II, Joseph Ray Perry finally has all his medals. Perry, the father of Gov. Rick Perry, enlisted in the Air Force in 1943 and flew more than 30 missions in the European Theater as a tail gunner for a B17 bomber called Heavy Date. read more….

Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Veterans Day

“Whenever they’ve been needed, the members of America’s armed forces have risen to the challenge of protecting our nation from foes around the world. Our veterans remain the reason the United States is today the world’s shining beacon of freedom and prosperity.” read more….

November 12, 2013

Rick Perry’s Father Finally Gets His WWII Medals

Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s father finally has gotten the medals he should have  received after serving in World War II 68 years ago — including one he wasn’t  expecting, The  Dallas Morning News reports. read more….

Rick Perry to Antonin Scalia: “You would fit right in” in Texas

While swearing in new Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht, Republican Gov. Rick Perry suggested U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia matched well with Texas politics, both of which tend to fall right of center on the political spectrum. read more….

Is Perry Taking Aim At White House Again?

Texas Governor Rick Perry decided months ago that he would not run for another term as the Governor of  Texas. He has not officially decided if he will make a second run for the  Presidency, but recent comments suggest that’s exactly what he is planning. read more….

Gov. Rick Perry: Country’s freedom in jeopardy

Blending a healthy mix of humor, partisan politics and party cheerleader, Texas Gov. Rick Perry served up just what the sold-out crowd in the Cool Springs Marriott ballroom wanted to hear Tuesday night. read more…..

November 14, 2013

Rick Perry 2.0?

A number of high-profile Republicans have made their way to Iowa in the last couple of weeks. Texas Governor Rick Perry, Utah Senator Mike Lee, 2012 caucus winner Rick Santorum, former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown, and Sarah Palin have all visited the state in the last week.  Mike Huckabee, the 2008 caucus winner, is due in later today, and Congressman Paul Ryan will be in this weekend. read more….

Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Today’s Obamacare Announcement

“This is a staggering display of a reckless president cavalierly instructing states to ignore federal law. President Obama is shifting the blame by saying it’s up to states and state insurance commissioners to fix the massive problem his signature law has created for millions of Americans who are losing their health insurance.” read more….

TX Governor Rick Perry Addresses National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers

Texas Governor Rick Perry addressed over 500 members of the National Association  of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW) at its Annual Awards Dinner held on  October 29 2013 at the Gaylord Texan Hotel in Grapevine, TX. read more….
November 15, 2013
Some political fence mending took place this morning involving two of the most  influential Republicans in Texas. Governor Rick Perry was with U.S. Senator John  Cornyn to help him kick off Cornyn’s re-election campaign. read more….

Governor Rick Perry: Week in Review: 11/8/2013

November 5, 2013

Bringing Texas Closer to the Rest of The World

The link between Israel and Texas is as strong as ever, and I was honored to be in the Holy Land recently to witness critical new milestones in the deepening of our relationship. read more…

Statement by Gov. Perry on Prop. 6 Passage

Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement in response to the passage of Proposition 6: Today, the people of Texas made history, ensuring we’ll have the water we need to grow and thrive for the next five decades, without raising state taxes. Now it’s time to get to work on the projects that’ll help us meet our growing water needs, preserving and improving both our economic strength and quality of life. read more…

November 6, 2013

Statement by Gov. Perry on President’s Visit to Texas

President Obama deceived the American people by promising that anyone who liked their health care plan could keep it, but millions of Americans are now discovering that simply isn’t true. read more…

November 7, 2013


Rick Scott is “one passionate dude,” Texas’ Perry declares

Texas Gov. Rick Perry left no doubt that he supports former Texan and current Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s re-election over Democrat Charlie Crist. read more…

Gov. Rick Perry says ‘it’s never too early to come to Iowa’

Texas Governor Rick Perry is asked about being in Iowa Thursday as speculation about a possible 2016 presidential run looms. watch video here

Rick Perry in Iowa: Too early to decide on 2nd presidential run

“Certainly, if I were to be making a plan for 2016, coming to Iowa early and often would be part of it. That’s a bit premature,” Perry said talking to a group of reporters in downtown Des Moines after a private luncheon he had with about a dozen business executives. read more…

In IA today, Gov. Perry says he’ll come to IA earlier if he runs in ’16 (AUDIO)

Texas Governor Rick Perry is having lunch right now in Dos Rios, a downtown Des Moines restaurant, with a group of people invited to the table by Americans for Prosperity.  Perry spoke with reporters shortly after entering the room.  Listen to the AUDIO read more…


Rick Perry in Iowa: Solutions Are Found in Red States

Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) spoke to a crowd of more than 450 people at the Embassy Suites for the Polk County Republicans’ annual Robb Kelly Dinner last night.  He cast the vision that the answers that will solve America’s problems are found the in the states. read more…


November 8, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry calls health law an ‘abomination’

Gov. Rick Perry calls Obama’s health care plan an “abomination” and explains how Americans aren’t looking towards Capitol Hill anymore to solve their problems. watch video here

Rick Perry says Mexico energy policy might resolve illegal immigration

Gov. Rick Perry doesn’t think Washington can or should pass an immigration bill — at least before it resolves tax and spending issues. But it might be a big issue that is turned on its head, he said. read more…

Rick Perry on Ted Cruz, shutdown: ‘That’s his thing. My thing is governing.’

Gov. Rick Perry returned to Iowa on Thursday, meeting with business and political leaders and shunting aside frequent questions about whether he is hawk-eyeing another presidential run. read more…

Newest member of Rick Perry’s family comes from south of the border

The newest addition to Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s household immigrated from south of the border. It’s a mutt named Scout. read more…

Rick Perry heading to South Carolina

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, fresh off a speech in Iowa, is going to another early 2016 state next month. read more…

Only the Governor of a State Like Texas Would Proudly Take This Picture

While some politicians routinely tip-toe around the mainstream media’s intense scrutiny of so-called “assault weapons,” Texas Gov. Rick Perry unapologetically posed with a semi-automatic rifle on Friday while meeting with the president of the “world’s largest supplier of firearm parts.” read more…

Governor Rick Perry: Week in Review: 11/1/2013

Oct 28, 2013

Rick Perry: Follow the Texas model of success

Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Abortion Law Ruling

Oct 29, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry Awards Audie Murphy Texas Legislative Medal of Honor

Gov. Rick Perry Posthumously Awards Texas Legislative Medal of Honor to Audie Murphy [Speech]


Oct 30, 2013

Gov. Perry, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst and Speaker Straus Lift CPRIT Grant Moratorium

Gov. Rick Perry votes without a hitch, touts high early turnout

Rick Perry says he learned lessons from Iowa caucus campaign

Oct 31, 2013

Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Appeals Court Lifting HB 2 Injunction

Nov 1, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry Announces TETF Investment in Center for the Advancement of Non-Metallics in Energy Sectors

Gov. Rick Perry Announces TEF Investment in Oracle America Creating 200 Jobs in Austin

Gov. Rick Perry Renews Proclamation Extending Drought Emergency

Governor Rick Perry: Week in Review: 10/25/2013

October 20, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry says Ted Cruz’s name ‘not once’ mentioned during Israel, London trip

October 21, 2013


Rick Perry, John Sharp travel to Israel to officially announce Peace Campus

Rick Perry Goes National, Praises Rick Scott and Susana Martinez

October 22, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry Speaks at WATEC Israel 2013

Gov. Rick Perry’s Remarks at WATEC Israel 2013



October 23, 2013

Announcing Creation of Texas A&M University Branch Campus in Israel (Video)

Gov. Rick Perry Announces Creation of Texas A&M University Branch Campus in Israel

Texas A&M University to open a branch in Israel

Rick Perry in Israel puts presidential talk aside, focuses on economic development

Rick Perry vs. Ted Cruz

Gov. Rick Perry ‘all about accepting all the blessings I can get from the Lord’

Gov. Rick Perry recaps Israel-UK trip

Jobs can’t be ‘stolen’ if state competes

October 24, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry Preaches Texas Prosperity in Israel

Gov. Rick Perry in the Promised Land

Rick Perry Fosters the Texas-Israeli Alliance

October 25, 2013

Texas governor: Don’t fall for Iran’s charm offensive

Texas A&M University at Nazareth – Peace Campus

Gov. Rick Perry’s visit to Israel, October 2013 (Photos)

“Handmade With Love” — More Ways to Show You Care!

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Are you “crafty” and looking for ways you can use your time and talents to help us supportWI Volunteers deployed troops, new recruits, veterans and wounded heroes?

Here are some ideas for you!
Drawstring Bags
Scarves (and Hats!) for Troops
Paracord “Survival” Bracelets
Handmade Greeting Cards— find more inspiration and tutorials like this one online…

PPBy hand-making items, volunteers everywhere in the country can show their appreciation for the military community!

Recruit crafty friends and family to help — please feel free to download, print and share these flyers:

Made With Love
Volunteers Needed — Paracord “Survival” Bracelets
10 Easy Ways to Support the Troops

Shipping & Donation Info & Tips: Find infohere.

Don’t have time or the ability to make scarves, hats, greeting cards or paracord bracelets, but you still want to help? Consider donating yarn or 550 lb. paracord to us to distribute to crafty volunteers…

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