When you give this #FireHeroTueday, The Presto Foundation will match your donation to help firefighters and their families
On December 1, 2020, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) will again mark #GivingTuesday with #FireHeroTuesday, kicking off our holiday season of giving. The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is excited to announce that The Presto Foundation will match all donations before December 31, 2020, up to $35,000.
Grieving During the Holidays
The holidays can be difficult when you are grieving. Michele Neff Hernandez, founder and CEO of Soaring Spirits International, has some gentle reminders for navigating the holiday season.
Find Some Extra Support for the Holiday Season
In addition to our weekly virtual support groups, you may wish to join us at a Fire Hero Family Holiday Support Group for some extra support with others who understand what you are facing.
Fire Hero Family Holiday Support Group
December 20, 2020 4:00 – 5:00 pm EST
As most enter November and December with our minds on the holidays. We reflect on the year and consider our individual and collective blessings. For Fire Hero Families, the holidays don’t stop, but we try to reconcile our loss as the world around them shouts “joy,” “peace” and “love.” As with everything, the path varies for each individual. But to a person, despite overwhelming loss, there is, nonetheless, a sense of gratitude and blessing.
Do you want to strengthen your immune system, lower the level of cortisol (stress hormone) in your body, reduce depression, improve sleep, reduce your blood pressure, increase your self-esteem, and improve how you see the world? If yes, try the practice of gratitude. Grateful people tend to have more positive coping strategies, feel higher levels of control in their lives, deal with problems directly and effectively (vs. denying or avoiding), have more self-acceptance, see more purpose in their lives, and have fewer negative thoughts and a more positive outlook on life.
Tanisha Hall says that gratitude is one of the most essential components to receiving blessings and shifting our perspective on life. So she decided to share what she was grateful for on social media and learned that there is always something to be grateful for! Write down/post what you are grateful for, no matter how big or small for the next 30 days including #30DaysofGratitude.
Sylvia Kratzke notes, that as you work through your grief and begin to resume your everyday life, the absurdity of the petty squabbling world around you becomes glaringly apparent. What is truly important becomes crystal clear. And that feeling stays with you as you continue your journey through grief, day by day, moving forward to new life, your first reason to be grateful.
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The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the Medical University of South Carolina’s National Crime Victims Research Center have produced a webinar focusing on several events that occurred where small and medium sized fire departments found themselves in the middle of some of the nation’s most horrific human tragedies.
This October, we pay tribute to the 103 firefighters who died in the line of duty while serving their communities as part of America’s Tribute to Fallen Firefighters. These men and women will be honored in Emmitsburg, Maryland at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend in October 2021. You can join us in honoring a hero on our Walk of Honor® in National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Park by placing a brick in their memory.
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is conducting a survey to gather data on responder fatalities, injuries, near misses, and struck-by incidents that have occurred during emergency response on our nation’s highways. The survey will be open until December 15, 2020.
Now through December 31, 2020, you can enter for a chance to win a custom painted, one-of-a-kind Fender Stratocaster Guitar featuring the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation logo.
During the Covid-19 Pandemic, the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, MD, the home of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial, is closed to the public. Pending more information on this national emergency, we ask for your patience and understanding.