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First Responder Gratitude [+]

Plus Kynd Kit

Gratitude Practice

Let's start by taking a moment to practice gratitude.
  • First responders help people in our community each and every day. Think back to the last time you helped a stranger. How did it make you feel?

  • Think of a significant incident in your life that you are grateful for getting through (perhaps when you needed the help of a first responder). 

The Recipient

First Responders are on the frontlines each and every day, tending to us in our moments of greatest need. Right now, they are working tirelessly to provide care during a scary, uncertain time. 

The Reason

After a long shift, or two, our first responders are exhausted both physically and mentally. In honor of the 20th anniversary of 9/11, create a gratitude kit to help life first responder’s spirits and let them know how grateful you are for their work. 

Unpack the Box

  • Take everything out of the box.
  • Lay everything out so you can find what you need to build the kit.

Create Your Kynd Code

Please follow the instructions on this card to create your own Kynd Code. This Kynd Code will be included in the final kit.

*Make note of your Kynd Code. You will use this code at the end of the project. 

Find the Kynd Card

This is for you to spread extra kyndness to someone in your own life.  Consider writing a note to a friend, loved one, or colleague that you are grateful for.  Address the note and send it in the mail or give it to someone in person.

DO NOT include this in the finished kit.

Completed Kynd Kits go all over the world. As you customize your kit, please refrain from using any religion or political content.

Write a Note to the Recipient

1. Find the following items:
  • Blank card and matching envelope
  • Enclosed materials such as crayons, markers, stickers
2. Write your letter and decorate the card.
  • Use the enclosed materials to decorate the card.
    • Express your encouragement and include a hopeful message.
    • Decorate the front and the inside of the card.
      • Helpful Tips:
        • Do not include a date or year on the letter.
        • Avoid politics completely and religion in excess.
          * Can’t think of what to write, draw a picture!
3. Decorate the envelope.
  • Use the enclosed materials to decorate the envelope that will hold your card.
    • Make it colorful and fun. Decorate the front and back of the envelope.
4. Put the completed card in the envelope you decorated. 
  • Include the Kynd Code sheet with the card.

Decorate the Canvas Bag and Tote

1. Find the following items:
  • Canvas tote and canvas bag
  • Sharpies
  • 2. Decorate the canvas bag.
    • Use the permanent markers to decorate the canvas bag.
      • Make the bag fun and colorful. Can’t think of what to write, draw a picture!
*Builder tip: Place a piece of paper in the bag before decorating so the marker does not bleed through. 

DIY Paracord Bracelet

1. Find the following items:
  • Buckle
  • Scissors
  • Paracord rope
2. Follow this video to make a Paracord bracelet.
*Paracord bracelets started as a way for service members and first responders to carry extra cord in a lightweight, compact manner. Paracord has many uses and can be a survivalist’s best tool.

Surprise Kyndness

Go through the pages of the journal and write uplifting messages, draw small colorful images, or create fun writing prompts for the recipient.

Pack the Kit

  • Pack all of the hygiene materials into the canvas bag for an on the go bag the first responder to keep in their car or backpack.
  • Pack the rest of the material in the large canvas tote put it back into the original box.
  • Make sure the Kynd Code is included.
  • Add any optional items you would like.
  • Self-care items 
  • Protein rich snacks

Delivery Options

  • Deliver your completed kit to a first responder you know or a local fire station/police station.


  • Return your completed kit to be distributed to local first responders.
To get a return label, click HERE. 

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