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.
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
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.
Please email questions to our Official Paracord Bracelet Expert, Kelly: Kelly@OperationGratitude.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org (Be sure to put the words “Operation Gratitude Volunteer” in the subject line.)
Watch our video tutorials to learn how to make the bracelets:
Thank you for your support!