Operation Gratitude – Make a Paracord Bracelet for Our Troops and First Responders
April 27 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Show your gratitude to our troops and make a paracord bracelet or two! The craft is fairly simple but you must seal the ends of the paracord to prevent fraying by singeing them with an open flame. Adult supervision is crucial for this key step.
We’ll provide you with the paracord and instructions to make two bracelets. Supplies will be available for pickup in grab-and-go kits the week before the program. We ask that you return your completed bracelets to the Library by May 12th so that we will be able to send them on to Operation Gratitude.
All who serve use paracord, which gets its name from parachute cord and can hold up to 550 lbs. of weight. The bracelet provides 7.5 feet of cord in an emergency. Paracord “Survival” Bracelets can be used to:
- Secure camouflage nets to trees or vehicles
- Build a makeshift shelter
- Extend a security strap or rope to reach and haul heavy objects
- Create a harness to extract an injured person from a bad location
- Make a sling or splint
And those are just a few of the ways to use the full paracord! Cut the paracord and remove the 7 to 9 individual nylon strands inside it (the “guts”) and now you have finer strong string to use as:
- Sewing thread to repair gear
- Emergency sutures to close a wound
- Fishing line
- Trip line to secure an area
Our hope is to include one Paracord “Survival” Bracelet in each of our Deployed Troop Care Packages, and in the First Responder and Recruit Graduate Care Pouches.
Register here to receive information on the grab-and-go kits and also the Zoom invite: https://forms.gle/KJbjyPeU23moLePa9