Operation Bandana has provided 298,707 bandanas as of 10/30/2020         



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It is with a thankful and happy heart to announce to friends and supporters of Operation Bandanas that Operation Bandanas will continue after all! For those who did not see the announcement earlier in the year, I was going to retire after 13 years to focus on some family issues that needed my full attention. It was a very bittersweet decision, but one that I felt necessary. Unless someone fully committed to carrying it on, the ministry of Operation Bandanas was going to have to retire with me. I had so many people tell me it needed to continue, and I continued to receive requests from chaplains for the bandanas throughout the summer. It would grieve me to have to tell them I was no longer able to supply them. But obviously God still has more work to do in and through those simple bandanas printed with His powerful words of Psalm 91 and has sent someone to commit to and continue our personal and unique ministry to our military!

This special woman, Sherri Naylor, has the same passion for this mission and love for our military and will be taking over the day to day management of and responsibility for Operation Bandanas after the first of the year! I will continue to go alongside her and assist in getting things rolling again to get more Psalm 91 bandanas into the hands of our amazing men and women serving our nation in uniform! I am so excited to see what God has in store for Operation Bandanas in 2020 and how many more amazing men and women serving in uniform that OpBan can be a blessing to!

Please continue supporting this mission as we continue to receive requests from chaplains to cover their units. Each bandana costs $5.00, a small cost in return for the mission, literally, that our armed forces continue to commit themselves to…to preserve and protect our freedom and safety here at home and abroad. God has provided over $1,000,000.00 through His people for this grassroots 501(c)3 non-profit that began on November 5, 2006, and He isn’t done with it yet! I know He will continue to provide what is needed since this is HIS ministry! I have just been the engine on the train! But so many thousands of individuals all across our country who love and appreciate our military and hundreds of churches who love and appreciate them as well, have collectively hopped aboard the train and provided 2998,707 (as of 10/30/2020) Psalm 91 bandanas to our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guard!

So here we go again, full steam ahead! Please consider a gift to Operation Bandanas, and let’s bless these great Americans with gifs of Psalm 91 bandanas as a reminder that God is always with them and will give them the courage and strength to do whatever they have been called to do wherever they may be! Our bandanas go where we can’t! Be that one who presents this to your church to collectively receive and send a special gift or be the one to personally encourage and provide some of our finest with a donation. Also, a gift in honor of or in memory of someone is a special way to remember someone. If you request it and send information, a letter can then be sent to the person or family of the person you remembered.

All gifts are tax-deductible.

Mary Bass Gray, Founder and President

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Mail a check payable to Operation Bandanas to:

Operation Bandanas
PO Box 5191
Sanford NC 27331



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Spring 2016 Newsletter

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Poignant Thank You Notes & Requests

Several particularly poignant thank you notes and requests:

November 2015

Hello Mary. I am part of a reserve army rigger unit stationed out of Fort Bragg. Myself along with 24 other reserve soldiers from my unit deployed mid-September to a base in Qatar. We are not directly in danger, but we resupply those that are in danger with food, water, and fuel for vehicles. We build loads to be flown in and air-dropped to soldiers in need. I’m usually not the kind of person to write others, but on Thanksgiving some of our soldiers and I went to a prayer breakfast held by one of the Chaplains here on base. At the end of the breakfast they handed us all these prayer bandanas. And it meant soo much to me. I am going through issues at home and I know of a few other soldiers with the same problems. Your deed doesn’t just shield soldiers in battle. It shields hearts from the pain of life.  So I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for doing what you do. For showing that even though a lot of soldiers are having problems, there are people like you that still care for them and their protection. So again, THANK YOU.

October 2015

Ma’am, I am with a deployed unit (26th Marine Expeditionary Unit). We have some Marines and Sailors asking for these bandanas now that we’ve left home…I would like to furnish every Marine and Sailor with us with a 91st Psalm bandana… I appreciate what you do and what you have done for service members of all branches. Keep up the good work.

July 4, 2015

My name is Brian. My best friend was killed in action in Afghanistan. A few of his platoon brothers are coming to visit our family before they deploy again soon. I would love to make a donation and have some bandanas sent to me so i could pass them out to them. 10 of them are visiting in 3 weeks. I know Jason would of loved what you are doing with the bandanas. It is a great thing you are doing for our brave men and women. 9 guys are visiting and i would like another to place on his grave. So 10 bandanas would be great.

March 2015

Soldiers love these bandanas and I have also found that surviving parents, parents who have lost their Soldier, find great strength in these bandanas too. They get to hold a piece of the cloth that resembles there loved one’s uniform and a piece of the cloth that contains the word of God. So, please know that your ministry goes beyond the Soldier.