In 2012, Operation Gratitude included the very first paracord “survival” bracelets in care packages to First Responders. The response was overwhelmingly positive so we decided to send them in every care package we could!
We asked you, our volunteers, to make thousands of paracord bracelets. As always, you far exceeded expectations! To date, you have made more than 200,000 bracelets that have been sent to Deployed Troops, New Recruits, and First Responders!
Now we have a new challenge for you. Read on….
Why Paracord Bracelets?
A paracord bracelet can be worn as a cool-looking accessory, or used as a handy tool in a variety of situations. It can even save lives! One bracelet can be turned into a sling or splint, be pulled apart and used as sutures to close a wound, or act as a harness to remove an injured person from a bad location.
Click here to read about the many critical uses of our paracord bracelets.
One Sailor recently wrote to us:
“I have used three of your bracelets so far. The first one I gave away to a 10-year-old patient who saw it on my bag (where I kept it in plain site for anyone to use) and he put it on as just a bracelet from an ‘American’! The next time I needed one was when a stray dog entered our site and we were going to use it as a leash to get him out, but he left on his own. The second and third time I actually used the bracelets was to extend a ladder, you know one of those ladders with the pulley on it to extend it about twice its height, so our guys could put a satellite dish on a roof. Strong stuff. I actually did get that cord back, but then since it was already unraveled we ended up using it to tie shower curtains up (that we were using as visual barriers) because we ran out of shower curtain hooks! Amazing what you can do when you have a little string on you! –P.A.”
Above all, paracord bracelets made by our volunteers let our Service Members know that folks back home recognize their sacrifice and care about their well-being.
Introducing Our New, “Quick-Deploy” Paracord Bracelets
In response to urgent requests from our troops, we recently switched from the old cobra stitch bracelets to our new “quick-deploy” bracelets. Why? Because this new style of bracelet takes only 30-seconds to unravel, whereas the old style took up to five minutes — much too long to wait in an emergency! Plus, our “quick-deploy” bracelets don’t require buckles or a wooden jig to complete.
We are deeply grateful for the cobra bracelets you have already donated–and all will be used. Now we’re excited to continue working with you as we transition to our new, more practical, design!
Click here to learn how to make our new quick-deploy paracord “survival” bracelets! You will love how quick and easy they are to assemble.
Have questions about our new paracord bracelets? Check out our FAQs & Tips here. If you have additional questions, please send an email to Info@OperationGratitude.com.
Thank you for your tireless and caring support!