Make a Donation to Make a Difference
We put the word out about the tragic accident within the Dutton family and you responded! Thank you to each and every one of you who made a donation. While we were able to come up with some immediate cash, the family will continue to need support over the coming months.
All donations are tax deductible. Please consider a financial donation that will allow this family to focus on healing and not financial devastation.
A Note from James:
Beth Waters, thank you for starting Operation Appreciation and helping my family carry on after an explosion took my mother’s life and seriously injured my father. The past 28 days have been very difficult and sad. My mother’s funeral was yesterday and we buried her this morning at 1030 hours. Family and close friends were there to say our last words of love for her. The air was cold and it was windy, but the sun was out and it shined brightly for her. A gray ring of dark clouds rest on the horizon like God had opened up the sky for her soul to safely rise up to heaven. There was no music but we heard the rustling of leaves blown by a cold northern wind. Midge’s pastor said comforting words to help us let her go. I briefly thought about this summer before pre-mobilization and that was the last time I would see her alive. I didn’t know September 27th would be the last time I heard her voice. Today would be the last time I would be in her presence. Midge was my mother’s name. She cared about people and would help anyone in need. She enjoyed sharing tea and cookies with anyone who stopped by to visit. She was always positive, never used negative words, and always encouraged people to live life to the fullest. She had an adventurer’s heart and passion for discovery. She loved participating in community and had a great time leaning about the Army family during my unit’s Yellow Ribbon event. She set a good example for me to follow and helped me grow as a person. Her adventure is over but her legacy lives on. I wanted you to know a little about her. I am very proud her. My father, Richard, will make a full recovery. Your organization’s effort was vitally important, because we could pay the expenses during his recovery in Ann Arbor. My brother, sister-in-law, and I were with him 24 hours a day while his burns healed and he mourned the loss of Midge. We had to be there because Richard was married to Midge over 48 years and he lacked the desire to live without her. He needed our encouragement to survive this tragedy. He couldn’t seem to remember that people at home cared about him and grandchildren needed him. He didn’t know how to carry on, but our presence helped him see a positive future. Today we all said goodbye to mom and carry her spirit in our hearts. Thank you for your help and I will ready to get back to work when my leave is done. God Bless.
CW2 James Dutton
How We Help Our Georgia Guard
By working with military Chaplains throughout the state of Georgia our mission is to locate soldiers and their immediate family members who need special consideration for assistance. Our support will reach both Air and Army Georgia Guard families. Once a need is verified for a soldier or their family we will set up fundraisers, find donations, bring community awareness and uncover available resources to help them.
...begins in the heart. Participating in the community with special events, fundraisers and volunteering is the traditional "grass roots" way of finding the needs of our families, neighbors and friends. Involving others creates strong bonds and leads for helping the community grow.
Lead Us To Your Event
Operation Appreciation is looking for opportunities to say "thank you" to our American Heroes. We welcome leads where we can participate on a volunteer basis at events. If you have an event coming up and think that a little red, white and blue will help booster your foot traffic contact us for consideration.
Your help is needed.
We are looking to make a donation to the Family Readiness Group (FRG) for this unit. The 321st MI BN has just deployed to Afghanistan and will come home next summer. The soldiers and their family members need assistance with fundraising. Any and all donations will be tax deductible. Their needs will go far beyond this gesture. Please consider sending Operation Appreciation money to support these soldiers and their family members.
We are currently looking for funding to cover postage, postage and more postage! With the holidays coming up, there will be many shipments to both soldiers and their family members. If you would like to send something in one of our shipments you can mail (or drop off) to: Operation Appreciation, 23 Sierra Lane, Dallas, GA 30132.
The holidays are right around the corner as well. You can make a difference by supporting this unit during a most difficult time to be separated from your loved ones.
Here are the items we are needing for our deployment kits:
- Marbles - For when you’ve lost yours
- Worry Stone - To take your worries away
- Stationary - For all the letters you will be writing
- Pen - To sign your X’s and O’s
- Envelopes - To be sealed with a kiss
- Stamps - Because you can never have enough
- Sucker - Because deployments suck
- Flashlight - To remind you that there is light at the end of the tunnel
- Paperclip - To help you hold it all together
- Laffy Taffy - To remind you to laugh
- Life Savers - To remind you that you are one
- Chamomile Tea - For the nights its hard to sleep
- Coffee - for the late nights and early mornings on skype
- Tissues - To wipe away the tears (of sadness, but also of joy when they come home)
- Mounds - to remind you of the mounds of support you have from family and friends
- Anti-Stress face mask, bath salts and candle - for me time because you will need it
All donations will help in our efforts!
Operation Appreciation was formed as a charitable nonprofit organization, and is registered in Georgia with the Secretary of State. It is also classified as a 501(c)(3) charity under the Internal Revenue Service. Federal Tax ID #45-4886626
You can donate online on our Operation Appreciation GoFundMe page.
Checks can be made payable to Operation Appreciation, Inc. You will be mailed a receipt for your taxes within 5-7 days. Please download our donation form and mail with your check to
23 Sierra Lane
Dallas, GA 30132
Operation Appreciation began through community involvement for silent auction items to send care packages during our husbands deployments. The response has been overwhelming. People want to help. They want to be involved. They simply need a resource to become active with. We want to be that resource. Our goal is to serve those who served their country. A smile, a thank you and a you are not forgotten go a long way!
Board of Directors
Beth Waters, President
Rachelle Orange, Vice President
Susan Guthrie, Secretary
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