Values Into Action was once again thrilled to partner with Media Elementary School (MES) to create special "quick-deploy emergency paracord bracelets" for American service personnel.
Each Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Remembrance and Service, Values Into Action's staff and individuals accepting support host MES students at our Media office to complete a service project. We make the bracelets and write letters for America's servicemen and women. Completed bracelets and letters are sent to Operation Gratitude for distribution.
It's More Than A Simple Piece of Rope
From the Operation Gratitude Web Site
Many people don't understand how important a paracord bracelet is, and it's not just about how they are used in an emergency. Most commanders allow our troops to wear our bracelets with their uniforms, and that's a rare exception to the uniform code. Troops tell us that every time they look at their bracelets they have a feeling of home. They smile a bit longer, breathe a bit easier, and they know in that moment, that they are not forgotten It's hard to imagine that a simple piece of rope can be that important, but it truly can. It isn't just a simple piece of rope. It's a piece of the person who made it, the group that decided to send them in, and a reminder that we are here for them. It seems so simple, and yet, it means so much. As you make your bracelets, picture a Marine, a Soldier, a Sailor, or an Airman standing in front of you. Think of the smile you just created, and the pride with which it will be worn. Believe that the time you spend making each bracelet is far beyond what you had intended, and for that, know that you have their thanks and the thanks of those at Operation Gratitude.