September 11th & First Responder Care Kits

It was an extraordinary day of camaraderie, emotion, and patriotism when 1,332 volunteers and dozens of local First Responders united at Forward Operating Base: Operation Gratitude (aka “The FOB”) on September 11, 2016.

operation gratitude care kit event

Working together, we renewed our vow to “Never Forget” and assembled 11,280 First Responder Care Kits in honor of the heroes who ran towards danger fifteen years ago.

The Care Kits will be distributed to First Responders (Police Officers, Firefighters and Paramedics) in Los Angeles and nationwide to say “thank you” to the men and women who continue to put themselves in harm’s way today and every day.

care kits from operation gratitude

They are our Hometown Heroes, and they deserve a big “Thank You” for their service!

You can see all the photos from this event on our Facebook page here.

Earlier this year, after the tragic events in Texas resulted in the deaths of five Dallas Police Officers, volunteers assembled 4,000 Care Kits for the entire department. They let us know that the gifts were appreciated (see their tweet of thanks here).

These Care Kits are our way to show gratitude and unwavering support to the men and women in uniform who defend and protect Americans here at home every day. 

First Responder Care Kit Operation Gratitude

Included in the custom-designed black pouches are an assortment of items such as energy shots, protein bars, lip balm, pens and pencils, anti-bacterial gel, and a quick-deploy paracord “survival” bracelet. These items will provide relief and convenience while First Responders are in the field. When empty, the pouch can easily be re-used for a variety of purposes.

There are approximately 2 Million First Responders throughout the United States. Operation Gratitude is committed to delivering a Care Kit to each and every one!

We have only just begun, and with so many First Responders to thank, we need your help!

Here are three simple ways you can get involved in the First Responder Care Kit Program:

1. Host a Collection Drive

Host a Collection Drive in your school, church, workplace or community to gather some of the products that go in each kit.

Here is the complete “wish list” of Collection Drive items to donate. Visit this page for more information and downloadable flyers.

Cents for Service2. Host a “Cents for Service” Drive

Every penny counts! Collect spare change at your school or workplace to help with the cost of making and shipping a Care Kit ($5 per kit). Click here to request more information and materials to get you started.

3. Sponsor Care Kits

If you are interested in sponsoring First Responder Care Kits with a tax-deductible financial donation, please visit our secure form:

Official representatives of Law Enforcement, Fire and Paramedic/EMT Departments may request Care Kits here.

We welcome your additional ideas and suggestions of how to thank all who protect and serve! Please contact us by emailing

Operation Gratitude is proud to stand as a place to honor and remember American heroes.

And we will always provide an opportunity to express your gratitude to all who serve.

Thank you for your kind 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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6 Responses to September 11th & First Responder Care Kits

  1. Stephanie Bivins says:

    AS a first responder who received your gift thank you so very much for your thoughtfulness

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  5. Faith Chartrand says:

    Thank you for hosting such an amazing day! I was there with my three girls (one of which is pictured on your blog) and we were thrilled and honored to be a small part of giving love back to all of our First Responders who so selflessly serve us daily. Thank you and God bless you for all your do!

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