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The Roll Call of Heroes at the 2020 National First Responders Day Tribute at Liberty Park adjacent to Ground Zero on 10/28/20
"Hats Off To First Responders"
FRCF HP Testimonial Firefighter
Scholarship recipient Lauren Perri, Arizona State University, Class of 2020
Scholarship recipient Sean Gillam, University of New Hampshire, Class of 2021

First responders are on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic in every community across the country, and First Responders Children’s Foundation provides support for first responders and their families who are enduring financial hardship due to the coronavirus outbreak.  If you are a first responder in need, please click the button to apply for a grant.  If you can donate to the Emergency Response Fund, please click the donation button, and thank you.

First responders are paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers, firefighters, and personnel directly supporting police and fire departments such as 911 dispatchers.  The brave medical personnel and staff of the emergency services of the hospitals and health facilities that are treating COVID-19 patients shall be deemed first responders for the purpose of being eligible for grants from the Emergency Response Fund.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, First Responders Children’s Foundation has:

  • Funded 12,946 hotel room nights and meal stipends so first responders don’t have to risk infecting their families and / or can self-quarantine.
  • Awarded 9,206 grants to first responders with financial hardship due to COVID-19 in all 50 states.
  • Distributed 875,500 FDA-certified, surgical grade masks and a significant amount of hand sanitizer to 625 first responder agencies.
  • Delivered more than 500,000 holiday toys to children of first responders and children in first responder communities.
  • Paid for 192 funerals of first responders who died from COVID-19.
  • Awarded 126 college scholarships to children whose first responder parent was killed or injured in the line of duty.

This effort has impacted individuals in the following professions:

  • 34%  Nurses & Medical Personnel
  • 27%  Firefighters, EMTs, & Paramedics
  • 23%  Police Officers
  • 16%  911 Dispatchers & support personnel

Our Mission During the Pandemic

During the pandemic, First Responders Children’s Foundation is helping the families of first responders including nurses, medical personnel, firefighters, police officers, EMTs, and paramedics who are on the front lines of dealing with COVID-19.  For twenty years, First Responders Children’s Foundation has provided college scholarships for the children of those injured or killed in the line of duty, and the Foundation continues to do that now more than ever.  And, with your help, we are providing PPE, financial grants, and temporary housing to stem the spread of hardship and infection among first responder families and the communities they serve.  As public interaction and the prevalence of COVID-19 increases, we will continue to provide this much-needed care.

FDNY Deputy Chief James Boylan
Reminds Us Not To Take Tomorrow for Granted

FDNY Deputy Chief James Boylan on being a firefighter for the Fire Department of New York City, the friends he’s lost and the hero who inspired him to follow his dreams of coming to the rescue for others. Do you want to help First Responders Children’s Foundation provide scholarships to children whose first responder parents make the ultimate sacrifice?

"Let's Show Up" with Ryan Seacrest

Thank You First Responders

The original song on this video, “One World,” was written and produced by Academy Award-winning composer Franke Previte who wrote the 1987 hit, “I’ve Had The Time of My Life,” from the film “Dirty Dancing.”  “One World” salutes the resilience of the nation – and heroic first responders – dealing with a pandemic.  First Responders Children’s Foundation is proud to be the beneficiary of revenue generated by this anthem of strength in a time of crisis.

Kids Thank First Responders

"Officer Nae-Nae," Lehi, UT

Firefighter & EMT Ryan Scheaffer, Kirkland, WA

First Responders Children's Foundation

The First Responders Children’s Foundation Mask Project delivers free FDA approved surgical grade masks to first responders across the country.  Find out more here.

Smith & Warren has partnered with the First Responders Children’s Foundation Emergency Response Fund to provide support for first responders and their families who are enduring financial hardship due to the coronavirus outbreak.  The new COVID-19 Service Award bars have been created to recognize the selfless sacrifices of first responders on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic in every community across the country.  All service award bars are fully customizable in the finish and enamel colors of your choice and are available with slide bar holders or clutch backs.  As the exclusive Badge and Insignia partner and official Service Award Bar supplier for First Responders Children’s Foundation, 20% of the proceeds from every COVID-19 service award bar sold will be donated to the Emergency Response Fund.

If your department is interested in a bulk purchase of COVID-19 Service Award Bars (50+ pieces) click here
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Mission Statement

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

For general inquiries please contact [email protected]