In honor of Pizza Inn’s new partnership with Operation Gratitude, the international pizza chain is hosting a donation drive during Military Appreciation Month to help raise funds to supply Care Packages to military service members deployed around the world. 

During the month of May, guests will have the opportunity to make a donation in each of Pizza Inn’s 96 participating restaurants or online at Every $15 donated sends an Operation Gratitude Care Package to deployed Troops serving in more than 40 countries and aboard U.S. Naval vessels on all seven seas.

Kids are also encouraged to get involved by drawing a picture or writing a special message on a Pizza Inn coloring sheet, which will be included in Operation Gratitude’s Care Packages.

“Operation Gratitude is proud to partner with Pizza Inn on a campaign that gives grateful Americans the opportunity to say, ‘Thank You’ to all those who serve,” says Kevin Schmiegel, CEO of Operation Gratitude. “This simple and tangible expression of appreciation will be realized through the delivery of thousands of Care Packages to our men and women serving around the world and here at home. As a 20-year Marine Veteran, I can tell you that the impact this campaign will have is profound.”

Every year, Operation Gratitude sends hundreds of thousands of individually addressed Care Packages to Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen deployed overseas, to their children left behind, and to First Responders, New Recruit Graduates, Veterans, Wounded Heroes, and their Caregivers. Each package contains snacks, hygiene products, entertainment, and handmade items, as well as personal letters of support. Through Collection Drives, Letter Writing Campaigns, Craft Projects, and Care Package Assembly Events, Operation Gratitude provides civilians anywhere in America a way to say “Thank You” through active, hands-on volunteerism.

“Our entire organization is extremely excited to support this wonderful cause,” says Bob Bafundo, President of Rave Restaurant Group. “Pizza Inn is honored to be able to help raise funds to support our troops and first responders who help our country and communities every day.”

Pizza Inn is known nationwide for its exceptional pizza and friendly service. The restaurant’s original pizzas blend everyone’s favorite ingredients to create distinctively unforgettable flavor combinations with homemade pizza crust that is made fresh daily. Today, Pizza Inn, as part of RAVE Restaurant Group, operates more than 200 restaurants domestically and internationally.

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