10 first responder charities to donate to this season

Support first responders injured in the line of duty, new recruit education and the families of the fallen

It's the season for giving. And where better to share the love than with first responder charities?

When making a donation, be aware that there are scams. A good tip for donating is to never give over the phone and, when in doubt, give locally.

Here's a list of 10 first responder-specific charities. If we missed one, let us know in the comment section below.

A good tip for donating is to never give over the phone and, when in doubt, give locally. (Photo/Pixabay)
A good tip for donating is to never give over the phone and, when in doubt, give locally. (Photo/Pixabay)
  1. National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
    You can give as little as $5 to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to help support families coping with the loss of a fallen firefighter. Instead of #GivingTuesday, the NFFF uses #FireHeroTuesday. Their fundraising goal is to reach $100,000. Donate here.
  2. First Responders Children's Foundation
    The foundation works with families across the country, including police, fire, Forest Service, Border Patrol, EMS and all other forms of responders. They help provide college scholarships to children whose first responders' parents have either died in the line of duty or have become permanently disabled due to their line of work. Donate here.
  3. Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation
    The foundation, named after firefighter Stephen Siller, who died on 9/11, helps ease the financial burden of fallen responders' families by paying off their mortgages or creating trust accounts. All donations go directly to fund this initiative. Donate here.
  4. Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation
    Through donations, the foundation helps provide much-needed equipment and resources to first responder and public safety organizations. In 2016, they were able to give 357 sets of bunker gear, 1,469 AEDs, 42 extrication tools and 83 ballistic vests. Donate here.
  5. The Leary Firefighters Foundation
    The foundation helps provide funding and resources to fire departments in order to obtain equipment, technology and training. Donate here.
  6. National EMS Memorial Foundation
    The purpose of the foundation is to establish a permanent EMS memorial in D.C. to honor, recognize and remember the commitment, service and sacrifice of EMS personnel who have died in the line of duty. Donate here.
  7. NAEMT Foundation
    The foundation's mission is to better the future of EMS by supporting outreach programs, providing information about EMS careers to young adults, funding EMS-related scholarships and supporting evidence-based EMS research. Donate here.
  8. Firefighters and EMS Foundation
    The foundation helps provide fire and EMS personnel with free medical and legal support services, a member line of duty death benefit, scholarship programs and funds safety-related initiatives. Donate here.
  9. Responder Rescue
    Responder Rescue helps provide both emotional and financial assistance to any first responders who have been injured, become ill or suffered a traumatic event. Donate here.
  10. National Volunteer Fire Council
    A donation to the NVFC will help support legislative efforts, innovative programs, tools and resources to our nation's volunteer fire and EMS departments. Donate here.

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