Operation Gratitude is an organization very close to my heart. Well-known for being more than willing to take your excess Halloween candy off your hands, they have sent nearly one million care packages to first responders, veterans, wounded warriors, caregivers, and military troops serving overseas.
And now Operation Gratitude needs volunteers to participate in a cool — and crafty — new project.
Operation Gratitude wants to include paracord “survival bracelets” in its care packages to first responders and military troops serving overseas.
“These bracelets not only look cool, but in an emergency situation can be unraveled to provide 8 feet of super-strong rope or string if needed,” explains Operation Gratitude’s website.
The cord can be used for a multitude of purposes, including making a sling or tourniquet, or to tie on a splint. The inner strings can be further unraveled to make nets, traps, and fishing lines; to repair gear; or even to stitch up a wound.
Paracord gets its name from parachute cord, and can hold up to 550 pounds in weight.
Besides being a very handy item for servicemen and women to have, “a paracord bracelet lets our heroic service men and women know you care, you remember and you appreciate them,” says Operation Gratitude. The site shows several photos of troops proudly wearing the bracelets.
Operation Gratitude provides complete instructions on how to make the paracord bracelets. You can purchase buckles and cord on your own, or purchase super simple kits, which include pre-cut cord, from this e-Bay site, and then all the proceeds from your purchase will support Operation Gratitude.
This would be a great school project, community service project, or Girl Scout / Boy Scout service project. And of course, it would just be something awesome for crafty kids to do.
Crafty parents and kids can also check out the other “hand-made with love” items that Operation Gratitude needs year-round: scarves to keep soldiers warm in winter, and “cool ties” to keep them cool in the scorching summers. Not crafty at all, but still want to help? Consider donating needed supplies through Operation Gratitude’s Amazon “wish list.”
Operation Gratitude is a 501(3)(c) nonprofit with an incredibly efficient financial track record.
(Photo Credit: Operation Gratitude)
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