First Responders Children’s Foundation provides financial support to children who have lost a parent in the line of duty and families enduring significant financial hardship due to tragic circumstances. The Foundation also supports educational activities and programs created and operated by first responder organizations whose purpose is to benefit children or the communities in which they live.
When disaster strikes – whether it’s a pandemic, hurricane, fire, flood, or terrorist attack – our first responders are first on the scene to help. Frequently, that means physical, mental, and emotional stress as our first responders risk lives, equipment, and supplies to rescue us. Fortunately, the Emergency Response Fund can help by providing support to first responders and their families who are enduring hardship. Right now, first responders are on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic in every community across the country. 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, nurses, 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 pandemic, First Responders Children’s Foundation has touched the lives of more than 1,397,470 first responder families across the country by providing:
plus meals so first responders can quarantine and not risk infecting their families.
awarded to first responders with financial hardship due to COVID-19.
distributed to 625 first responder agencies.
delivered to children of first responders & children in first responder communities for the holidays.
paid for first responders or their family members who died from COVID-19.
awarded to children whose first responder parent was killed or injured in the line of duty.
This effort has impacted individuals in the following professions:
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 20 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.
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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 song, “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
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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.