Operation Gratitude Day

An Annual Event in Philadelphia

Help Support U.S. Military Personnel Overseas

Operation Gratitude Day Logo

If you are interested in volunteering on Operation Gratitude Day, please contact erica@discoverphl.com.

Operation Gratitude Day is returning to Philadelphia for the ninth consecutive year on Wednesday, November 6, 2019.

The annual tradition seeks to lift troops’ morale and bring a smile to their faces by sending care packages addressed to individual service members deployed overseas. Operation Gratitude care packages contain food, toiletries, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation, all wrapped with wishes of love and support.

Since 2003, Philadelphia has collected more than seven tons of items through this partnership, supported by PHL and the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau.


  • All Purpose Wipes (Single & 30ct packs or less)
  • Batteries (“AA” and/or “AAA”)
  • Body Wipes (10 count)
  • Coffee (Instant, Single serve)
  • Deodorant (Travel size, Non-aerosol)
  • Drink Mix (Individual serving packets)
  • Food Powder (Travel size)
  • Gum
  • Hand Warmers
  • Jerky (individual)
  • Lip Balm
  • Pencils (Mechanical preferred)
  • Playing Cards
  • Puzzle Books (7” X 10 “ preferred)
  • Sewing Kits (Travel size)
  • Socks (Black, Crew length)
  • Sunscreen (Travel size, Non-Aerosol)
  • Beanie Babies, Webkinz, or other
  • Small Plush Toys (6 inches or smaller)
  • Paracord Survival Bracelets

Sponsors Include


Drop-Off Locations



Drop-off Locations Address
Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau 1601 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19103
11 Penn Center 1835 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19103
Cira Centre 2929 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA 19104
1900 Market Street 1900 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19103
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia – Main 3401 Civic Center Blvd Philadelphia, PA 19104-4399
1635 Market Street 1635 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19103
1500 Spring Garden Street 1500 Spring Garden Street Philadelphia, PA 19130
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia – South Philadelphia 1700 S Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19145
Two Liberty Place 50 S. 16th Street Philadelphia, PA 19102
1515 Market Street 1515 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19102
Centre Square 1500 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19102
1600 Market Street 1600 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19103
One Liberty Place 1650 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19103
Widener Building 1339 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19107
One South Broad 1 S Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19107
United Rentals 3880 E. Thompson St. Philadelphia, PA 191047
1601 Cherry Street 1601 Cherry Street Philadelphia, PA 19102
325 Chestnut Street 325 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19106
400 Market Street 400 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19106
Staples 1300 South Columbus Blvd Philadelphia, PA 19147
Lincoln Financial Group 150 N Radnor Chester Rd Radnor, PA 19087
The Bourse Building 111 S Independence Mall E Philadelphia, PA 19106
Fashion District 901 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19103
2001 Market Street 2001 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19103


*Drop-off locations are in building lobbies.


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