WANTED: Volunteers to Make Paracord “Survival” Bracelets in 2016

photo (1)We need over 100,000 Paracord “Survival” Bracelets to include in each of our care packages going to deployed troops overseas; to new recruits graduating from Boot Camp; to veterans here at home, and to first responders aiding in emergency situations!

Read on to learn basic details about this program, and check out Paracord “Survival” Bracelets FAQs for more information.

Why a Paracord Bracelet?

Not only are the bracelets really cool-looking, they can actually be used to save a life in an emergency situation. Virtually all branches of the U.S. military use paracord (which gets its name from parachute cord and can hold up to 550 lbs. weight). The bracelet gives the person wearing it 7.5 feet to use in an emergency. But really and most importantly, a paracord bracelet lets our heroic service men and women know you care, you remember and you appreciate them.

How can a Paracord “Survival” Bracelet be used?Bracelet Blog

Paracord “Survival” Bracelets have gained a lot of popularity over the years. You may see them on the wrists of your local Lifeguard, an EMT or your local coffee barista! Here are some of the many ways paracord can be used.

1)     Securing camouflage nets to trees or vehicles
2)     Building a makeshift shelter
3)     Extending a security strap or rope to reach and haul heavy objects
4)     Creating a harness to extract an injured person from a bad location
5)     Making a sling or splint

And those are just a few of the ways to use the paracord when it’s all together! Take out the nylon cords inside the paracord (the “guts”) and now you have finer strong string to use in a variety of ways:

1)     As sewing thread to repair gear
2)    As emergency sutures to close a wound
3)    As fishing line
4)    As trip line to secure an area

Paracord has even been CH1used to repair the Hubble Telescope…IN SPACE!

Our hope is to include one Paracord “Survival” Bracelet in each of our care packages…but that can only be accomplished with the help of our volunteers. We learned how to make our own bracelets and we’ve asked volunteers to start making them, too.

Want to help? Visit “How to Make a Paracord ‘Survival’ Bracelet” to learn more!

Need Materials or More Information?
Bracelet Kits (with the cord cut for you) are available for sale here: http://bit.ly/OpGratParacordKit — all proceeds benefit Operation Gratitude.

Read Paracord “Survival” Bracelets FAQs and Tips and find a basic jig layout here

Please email questions to our Official Paracord Bracelet Expert, Kelly: Kelly@OperationGratitude.comOperation Gratitude Paracord Bracelet

Please note: You can also Google “550 paracord” to purchase elsewhere; however you will have to cut the cord yourself.  Kelly will not give advice/input regarding where to purchase 550 paracord, and she is not able to provide Bracelet Kits for free, even if the finished bracelets are ultimately donated back to Operation Gratitude.

Shipping and Donation Information: http://bit.ly/OpGratDonationInfo (We accept donations of the bracelets year-round.)

We need volunteers to make “cool-ties,” too! Learn more here: http://bit.ly/OpGratCoolTies

Need Community Service Hours? Students can earn one hour of community service for every five bracelets made and donated. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator for more information: volunteers@operationgratitude.com (Be sure to put the words “Operation Gratitude Volunteer” in the subject line.)
Wanted: Volunteers to Make Paracord BraceletsWatch our video tutorials to learn how to make the bracelets:

Tutorial for Right-Handed People
Tutorial for Left-Handed People

Thank you for your support!



About Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude annually sends 200,000+ care packages to Veterans, First Responders, New Recruits, Wounded Heroes, their Care Givers, and to individually named U.S. service members deployed overseas and their families waiting at home. Each package is filled with food, entertainment, hygiene and hand-made items, as well as personal letters of support. Our mission is to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of the Military and First Responder communities, and provide volunteer opportunities for civilians anywhere in America to express their appreciation to all who serve our nation. Each package contains donated product valued between $45 and $100 and costs our organization $15 to assemble and ship. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude volunteers have shipped more than 1.6 Million Care Packages.
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56 Responses to WANTED: Volunteers to Make Paracord “Survival” Bracelets in 2016

  1. Mark D Todd says:

    I would like to get involved.

  2. Drake says:

    Still sending paracord bracelets?

  3. Eric Burns says:

    Nice. I made some paracord bracelets past months. Would love to send you guys.

  4. Jackie says:

    Are you still sending paracord bracelets out and are you still in need?

    • Yes and yes!🙂 Thank you for your support!

      • Sue Hunt says:

        I have been making these in red white and blue and selling them for ‘Help our Heroes’ I fund the cord myself and make the bracelets in my own time. My reason? I too am an amputee so understand all that goes with amputation, I used to lecture on it. I started a Counselling unit for Amputees at my Limb centre and the hospitals in Brighton( UK) there wasn’t one! I was the first amputated amputation Counsellor in the Country then, fully qualified obviously.

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  6. Javier contreras says:

    Where can I send survival bracelets that I have made? Have made around 50 of them.

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  8. Lauren Gilbert says:

    Are you still in need of bracelets?

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  12. size would be how long for a large bracelet. I take 73/4 for females, men what size>\?

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  14. celticmama36 says:

    Reblogged this on mcclendonvilla and commented:
    Help to show our troops that we care!

  15. Tiffany Marshall says:

    I make and send our military para cord bracelets all the time. Let me know where to send them and I’ll mk a bunch

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  18. Rob says:

    Any particular size, color, and quantity that you need or will anything be accepted?

  19. jc says:

    Do they need to have a buckle? I know how to make slip on ones. I tend to find the buckles stick or sometimes break

  20. Cheryl Jarrett says:

    Just wondering if you’re still accepting bracelets.

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  23. Donna Williams says:

    What size buckles do you use for the survival bracelets?

  24. JJ says:

    Is there a certain date you want them by? I thought this would be a cool way to get community service hours for my school and we need 100 so I’d have to make 500. Are you still going to be accepting them next year?


  25. Jack Benton says:

    Reblogged this on EHS Safety News America and commented:
    Please help spread the word if you can help! 🇺🇸

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  30. Our group is planning on making 18-30 paracord bracelets to send to you. Do they HAVE to have the buckle closure or can they be loop and button/bead closure?

  31. Sandi Hausner says:

    Can we send the paracord bracelets to you any time during the year, or is there a particular time to send them. Thx.

  32. Christie Rascoe says:

    We made paracord bracelets as a party activity/favor at my son’s 11th birthday party. When I saw this project on Facebook, I was excited! I suggested to my son that he get together with his friends to make the bracelets for soldiers. They are all excited to jump into this project. So, be looking for a package from us soon! Thanks so much for helping us find ways to support our troops!

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  34. lilian rspinoza says:

    I would love too make these I need a kit

  35. scaryteddy says:

    Where do we ship them too?

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