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Charities Partner to Support First Responders

posted on Apr 02 2012 0 Comments



Operation Gratitude and Team Rubicon
Announce Partnership Supporting First Responders

April 2, 2012/ Los Angeles, CA: Military support charity Operation Gratitude and veteran-focused disaster relief organization Team Rubicon today announced a strategic partnership to send “First Responder Kits” to volunteers assisting with natural disaster and crisis relief efforts world-wide.

The “First Responder Kits” (FR Kits) will be assembled at the Operation Gratitude Headquarters in Van Nuys, CA and shipped to every Team Rubicon volunteer across the country. Each FR Kit will contain an assortment of donated items such as batteries; a drawstring backpack; a towel; energy bars; a spork (a combination utensil/tool); heavy work gloves; head lamp; safety glasses; a write-in-the-rain notebook; pens; a Leatherman; a Nalgene water bottle; a Team Rubicon t-shirt and a Paracord “Survival” bracelet hand-made by Operation Gratitude supporters.

Most of the Team Rubicon volunteers are recent U.S. Military veterans. “We sent care packages and supported these heroic service members while they were deployed overseas in combat zones,” says Operation Gratitude founder, Carolyn Blashek. “Now that they are serving our country and the world by assisting with natural disasters and humanitarian relief, we will continue to express our deep appreciation and respect to them through our First Responder Kits.”

Team Rubicon co-founder William McNulty agrees that the partnership between the two organizations makes perfect sense: “Team Rubicon engages U.S. military veterans, many returning home after fighting ten years of war, and offers a renewed sense of purpose for their skills and experiences,” he said. “The FR Kits will provide our volunteers with essential gear as well as morale-boosting encouragement from fellow Americans who are grateful for their continued service.”

As with its other programs, Operation Gratitude will rely on the generosity of the American people — individuals and corporate sponsors — to supply, assemble and ship the initial 5,000 FR Kits by the end of June, 2012. The organization seeks both product donations to fill the FR Kits as well as financial donations to pay assembly and shipping costs of $75,000.

Item donations may be shipped to:

Operation Gratitude
21100 Lassen Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
Attn: First Responder Program

Financial donations are welcome and may be made online:

Or by check payable to Operation Gratitude and mailed to:

Operation Gratitude
21100 Lassen Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311

In keeping with Operation Gratitude’s mission of providing “hands-on” opportunities to say “Thank You” to our nation’s heroes, the organization is encouraging supporters all over the country to make Paracord “Survival” Bracelets to include in each First Responder Kit, as well as in the care packages to deployed troops. More information and instructions can be found here: How to Make a Paracord Bracelet.

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