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Business offers Operation Gratitude drop-off sites

Statement as issued Friday by Advanced Hearing Technologies Inc.:

It all started with a “tweet” from NBC News Correspondent Ann Curry last month suggesting a creative way to honor the 26 lives that were lost at a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school.

Why can’t we all try to perform at least 26 random acts of kindness this next year?

Fort Wayne business owner Robert Hutchcraft became inspired to open all 15 of his company’s hearing labs to serve as official drop off sites for “Operation Gratitude” care packages and donations for the men and women serving in the U.S. military. “These men and women are on duty around the clock to defend us. They are many thousands of miles away from their hometowns,” Hutchcraft said “For our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines being deployed on foreign soil means you are in harm’s way. Something as small as an extra pack of chewing gum can really help make the world a better place.”

Hutchcraft is the President and Founder of Advanced Hearing Technologies, Inc. located at 10437 Illinois Road in Fort Wayne. Anyone who wishes to drop of one of the “wish list” items or make financial donations can walk in during business hours at any Advanced Hearing Technologies location and a company associate will ensure that the contributions are processed for delivery to Operation Gratitude’s Transport Center in Van Nuys, Ca. In addition to care packages, Operation Gratitude also encourages people to do something as simple as write a letter or drop off “postage paid” post cards.

“We reach over 2 million people every month through our advertising strategies,” Hutchcraft said. “Now we can also help Operation Gratitude in its’ noble mission by dedicating some of our prime advertising space and office services to the effort” Many thousands of people will be able to see how easily they can perform a random act of kindness.

For more information or directions to your nearest Advanced Hearing Technologies location, please call 888-333-5744 or you may visit the company’s website At the bottom of the homepage to the website there is a “Operation Gratitude” clickable banner with links to donation forms and “wish list” items for the collection drive.

For more information about the Operation Gratitude organization, please visit Carolyn Blashek, (262) 674-7281, is the founder of Operation Gratitude a not for profit organization that sends care packages to active military serving over seas.


Operation Gratitude seeks to lift morale in the Military Community by sending care packages addressed to individual Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines deployed in harm’s way, to their children left behind, and to Veterans, Wounded Warriors and First Responders. Operation Gratitude care packages contain food, hygiene products, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation, all wrapped with good wishes of love and support.

Through Collection Drives, Letter Writing Campaigns, Craft Projects and Donations of funds for shipping expenses, Operation Gratitude provides civilians anywhere in America a way to express their respect and appreciation to the men and women of the U.S. Military in an active, hands-on manner.

Operation Gratitude is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, volunteer-based corporation, funded entirely by private donations. For safety and security, the assembling of all packages occurs at the Army National Guard Armory in Van Nuys, California.

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