Kathleen Stevens


Beaux Pilgrim

Secretary - Treasurer

g.r.i.t.s. in Action

  • Beginning in 2010, over 325 boxes were sent to Camp Victory, Baghdad, Iraq

  • In 2011 500 boxes sent to Afghanistan, 250 to Iraq 

  • Continuing to send boxes to locations all over the world, we have sent over 3000 boxes to soldiers deployed in Irag, Afghanistan, Korea and Germany to name a few. 

  • ​More than 550 sent in 2013 to Afghanistan and 2 bases in Kuwait

Pattie Jones

President and Founder

Meet Our Team

G.r.i.ts. operates solely on a volunteer basis


Although we primarily send boxes at Christmas, we have also sent items at other times of the year, when we have been made aware of a specific need or want.  

We also send King Cakes during Mardi Gras Season. 

Operation G.R.I.T.S. acts as a trustee or intermediary for local businesses, churches, schools, civic organizations and individuals, who purchase items that are suggested on a list approved by the military. 

Postage is a big part of sending these boxes to the soldiers overseas.  The USPO provides the boxes free of charge.  All monetary donations accepted by G.R.I.T.S. are used to cover the shipping costs of these items to Soldiers.  Any money exceeding shipping is used to by additional items. At this time, donations can be mailed to 107 Carter St., Vidalia, LA  71373

Our Mission

Join Us

Say Thank-you

to soldiers deployed overseas at Christmas.

Since Christmas of 2010, OPERATION G.R.I.T.S. has dedicated our efforts to show appreciation of the service given to our country by the military.  Especially those who are serving our country overseas during the Christmas season.  We hope that by sending as many boxes as possible that we will reach any soldier who may not have family at home that is able to send them Christmas gifts.  What is a joyful time for many can be a very lonely time for a soldier far away from family, friends and home. 




to those serving



Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends

John 15:13


suggested list of items to fill a care package

Come out and join us to show support for our local heroes!  Saturday, Sept 22, 2018 4-8 pm.

taste of HOME

Help send a King Cake to our troops deployed overseas for a donation of $15.00

King Cakes are only available during Mardi Gras Season.

Community working together

Volunteers prepare the boxes for shipping.  G.R.I.T.S. does not compensate any employee, volunteer, officer and/or board member.  G.R.I.T.S. operates solely on a volunteer basis.  

  • Special shipments to individual soldiers in need all through the year.

  • Awarded Safeco Ins. Agent giving award by Reed Integra Insurance Agency in 2014 & 2015 

  • Awarded the Monsanto award for local charities in 2015

  • In 2016 & 2017 sent an average of 500 boxes to several bases in the middle east

  • 2018 Integra agents across Texas  to Georgia joins Operation G.R.I.T.S. in their campaign ​"From Texas with Love" and "From Georgia with Love" in honor of Memorial Day. 

Contact us:


107 Carter Street

Vidalia, LA  71373