There are superheroes among us.

They run into burning buildings
to save people they have never met.

Every day battling terrifying threats
that put their own lives at risk.

They are undeterred by storms of
fire or ice or wind.

Protecting us while their
own families are home, waiting for them.

And too often they make the ultimate sacrifice.


We support the children & families of our First Responder heroes who risk their lives every day in service to our communities.

How can we help you?

View our 2022 Annual Report

Our Toy Express delivers free toys to children
of first responders during the holiday season

Help us lift The Weight Of The Badge

Our Resiliency Program provides children
of first responders with mental health support

Our Scholarships help children achieve their goals
through financial support and a powerful network

We offer financial grants to individuals and public safety agencies

We offer Bereavement Assistance to ease the
family's burden when a first responder tragically
makes the ultimate sacrifice

Scholarships Available

Our Scholarship Program helps children of first responders achieve their goals through scholarships and a powerful community network.

Each recipient is a member of our Scholars Council, a group of peers and working professionals connected to a broader community of supportive mentors and partner organizations! The deadline to apply is May 31, 2024.

Explore our 2022 Digital Annual Report

We help the children of first responders and their families heal, grow and thrive in the wake of hardship, injury and tragedy.

Presidential & State Proclamations

First Responders Children’s Foundation is proud to announce that we have received a national presidential proclamation from President Joseph R. Biden Jr, and 19 state governors.

Mission Statement

First Responders Children’s Foundation provides financial support to children who have lost a parent in the line of duty as well as families enduring significant financial hardship due to tragic circumstances. First Responders Children’s Foundation also supports, promotes, and facilitates educational activities and programs created and operated by first responder organizations whose purpose is to benefit children or the community at large.

Our commitment to the children of first responders.

The children of first responders face a unique set of stressors that can impact their mental health. They hear stories of danger, illness, and loss. They fear what may happen to their hero. Our Resiliency Program helps these children through free confidential counseling.

22 years after 9/11, our mission remains more relevant than ever.

First responders face everything from pandemics to extreme weather to wildfires, stressful work that can result in financial insecurity, mental health challenges and more. They need our help.


Each year, approximately 330 first responders die in the line of duty, leaving behind their children and families.

It’s our mission to support those first responder family members left behind, to help them feel the strength of our community, and to honor their loved ones who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

We believe it’s our duty as citizens to support first responder families.

Our programs target areas where first responders and their families are most challenged, and where the resources of the Foundation can have the most impact.


We also support and facilitate programs that deepen the connection between first responders and the children in the communities they protect and serve.

Programs like the NYPD Music Camp, the Gloucester PD Fishing Camp and the Junior First Responders Firefighting Camp stimulate curiosity, confidence and teach kids the importance of helping others.

Latest news and events


Families Helped

Hotel Rooms

Cash Grants


Holiday Toys


College Scholarships

The success of our programs and events is only possible with the generous support of donors like you.

The most persuasive way to demonstrate corporate citizenship is to support your community’s first responders.


Join us and become a hero to the heroes who rescue us.

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