First Responders Children's Foundation
Smiling Rocks Partners with First Responders Children’s Foundation
First Responders Children’s Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that which provides support to first responders and their families enduring financial hardship due to tragic circumstances. For nearly 20 years, the Foundation has awarded college scholarships to children who have lost a first responder parent in the line of duty and supported programs operated by first responder organizations whose purpose is to benefit children or the communities in which they live.
First Responders Children’s Foundation has awarded millions of dollars in scholarships to hundreds of children of first responders. First priority is given to applicants with first responder parents who have been killed or injured in the line of duty, and scholarships provide a maximum award of $6,250 for a single academic year. Smiling Rocks is collaborating with 1stRCF and are sponsoring children every year with Smiling Rocks Scholarship.
Smiling Rocks has supported 1stRCF during the Covid-19 Pandemic crisis and the families of the frontline heroes, be they doctors, nurses, firefighters etc, who have suffered from a loss of family member. The funds have supported the families with financial aid.
The 1stRCF itself has paid for nearly 13,000 hotel rooms with meal stipends so first responders have not had to go home and potentially expose their families to the virus. They have established an Emergency Response Fund that will provide financial support to families of front-liners in every state in the country. And they have distributed certified surgical masks, face shields, hand sanitizers etc to first responder’s agencies around the country.