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In response to Operation Blessing’s relief efforts, we often receive letters of appreciation from emergency managers, mayors, pastors, and partnering agencies. Listed below are excerpts from several testimonial letters:

IN Emergency Management Letter

“Operation Blessing came in self-contained, ready to work and had excellent logistics…The staff of Operation Blessing worked cooperatively with the other disaster relief organizations that came into town…I cannot begin to adequately express my thanks for the efforts you, your staff and organization provided the citizens of Vigo County and my staff…Your organization is truly a ‘Blessing.’”

Dorene G. Hojnicki
Director, Vigo County, IN Emergency Management

Mayo Clinic Letter

“Operation Blessing is a class act and a national treasure…Our experience with Operation Blessing has been terrific from every aspect…my thanks to the leadership of Operation Blessing for the opportunity that they have given us.”


Dr. Steven C. Adamson
Chairman of Family Medicine, Mayo Clinic

TN Emergency Management Letter

“Operation Blessing played a valuable role in the recovery process for the citizens affected by this tornado…the benefit to Emergency Management was great…My hat is off to Jody and her staff for the job done and the lasting impression to me, my staff and community.”

Ken Weidner

Director, Sumner County, TN Emergency Management

Macon County, TN Letter

“Thank you and your organization for all the help and assistance you provided to us…a lot was accomplished…and I owe it all to you and everyone involved with Operation Blessing…I cannot express my appreciation enough for everything you did to help this community.”

Shelvy Linville

Macon County Mayor, Macon County, TN

DR 296-08 VA Letter

“Thank you…Your donation to the VA Tornadoes was a magnificent expression of compassion and concern for the local residents of Virginia who were affected by this disaster. Please be assured the support you have given to the American Red Cross during this relief operation has made a significant difference in the lives of those we serve.”

Keith Alvey
Operations Director, DR 296-08 VA

New Orleans, LA Letter

“When people were hungry, Operation Blessing provided over 671,912 hot meals…when healthcare was virtually non-existent, Operation Blessing stepped forward with free medical and dental care…when emergency staff were stressed and tired, Operation Blessing was there with care and compassion…”

Mary J. Sutton

FEMA VAL, New Orleans, LA

Harvest Cathedral - Macon, GA Letter

“Thank you for your generous donation to the Macon, Georgia families who were were affected by the Mother’s Day Tornadoes…we were sincerely looking for a way to respond to the hurts and losses of our community…our prayers were answered by partnering with you.”

Pastor Steve Sawyer

Senior Pastor, Harvest Cathedral – Macon, GA

Open Door Church - Suffolk, VA Letter

“Thank you for your quick and heartfelt support to our community after the tornado last month…You responded to our need in a prompt, courteous and loving way…Together we were able to minister to those in need and we are grateful for your generosity.”


Pastor Tony Peaks
Senior Pastor, Open Door Church – Suffolk, VA

Norfolk, VA Emergency Preparedness & Response Letter

“Your immediate response to our request for assistance, and the diligence with which your team assembled and delivered personal winter weather kits…to our Office to End Homelessness provided warmth to those less fortunate and no doubt saved lives.”
Jim Redick, MPA, CEM
Director, Norfolk, VA Emergency Preparedness & Response


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