You’re a Life-Saver!

Life SaverIn 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 farBracelet Volunteer 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

OpGrat Green BraceletIn 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!

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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7 Responses to You’re a Life-Saver!

  1. Mustang.Koji says:

    You all are doing a spectacular job! My daughter spearheaded a donation drive where friends and family managed to braid 300 bracelets.

    During WWII, receiving a package from home was a most uplifting experience. Remembering these packages were sent to Europe and the Pacific via ship meant it took weeks to arrive. Some packages never made it. The Red Cross also assembled packages for POWs but nearly all were pilfered by the Nazis in one way or another.

    Your organization fulfills the goals of both of the package types above. It’s too bad our own government can’t supply many of these necessities for our deployed men and women.

  2. Deb Kalanges says:

    Hi there…
    I loved the idea of making paracord bracelets for our troops so much since I love making paracord bracelets. I have already made 38 so far to donate but will make more for an even 50 for my first shipment to Operation Gratitude! I am an Army Veteran and there is no better way for me personally to help and donate my time for this worthwhile cause that you are doing! Thank you for your service to our active duty troops, veterans and first responders!

  3. Laurie Barlow says:

    Made 16 Paracord bracelets last week and sent them off. Getting ready to send another batch of 20. Feels so good to be able to help our military!

  4. Lisa says:

    I’m glad you switched designs. I made a couple dozen of the cobra style before, but this new quick deploy design is so easy and quick to make! I just started and think I have 50 or so already ready to send. Such a fun thing to do while watching TV. Thanks for all you do!

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