Letter-Writing Campaign for First Responder Heroes
Letter-Writing Campaign for First Responder Heroes
Show your gratitude for first responders during the COVID-19 crisis by sharing uplifting messages of thanks.
1 hour
Nonprofit organization
Participants: 1 to 100+

What you’ll do

Throughout the global COVID-19 pandemic, first responders have been working on the front lines to keep our communities safe. Express your gratitude for their service by contributing to a nationwide letter-writing campaign that will lift spirits and warm hearts.

If you'd like to do this activity as a team, your group can hop on a video call and write letters together. A representative from the organization can also join in order to share more about their mission and how your heartfelt letters will make a difference in people's lives. You’re welcome to use colored pencils, markers, pens, thank you cards, branded stationery, lined paper, or plain white printing paper. It’s not about the stationery--it’s the messages that are written that mean so much!

What you need:

  • Stationary (or a blank piece of paper) and an envelope
  • Pen or pencil
  • A postage stamp
  • Craft supplies and decorations (optional)


How it works:

  • Start each letter with a generic salutation
  • Express your thanks for their selfless service
  • Share a little about yourself (your family, hobbies, work, school, pets, interests, etc.)
  • Can’t find the words? Consider a drawing or painting 
  • For letters from adults: Include your contact information so recipients can reply back (optional)
  • For letters from children: Include first name only and your age. Do not include any addresses.
  • Mail your letters to the organization:


Operation Gratitude

Attn: First Responders COVID-19 Project

171 W 85th Street

New York, NY 10024

How you’ll make an impact

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This activity supports first responders across the U.S.
This nonprofit forges strong bonds between Americans and their military and first responder heroes through volunteer service projects, acts of gratitude, and meaningful engagements in communities nationwide.

Interested in this experience?


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