Veterans and Other Individuals Volunteer at Second Harvest Heartland West to Observe 9/11 and Help our Neighbors in Need

September 11, 2012 By: Sara Blair Category: WordPress Import

Today, more than 100 veterans and other volunteers are sorting, packing and labeling food products at Second Harvest Heartland West to honor those whose lives were risked or lost in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The volunteer effort is part of the 9/11 Day of Service, a nation-wide movement to establish a positive way to annually remember the 9/11 victims and those that rose in service in the aftermath of the attacks through charitable services and doing good deeds.

Only eight sites across the nation were recognized by the Corporation of National and Community Service as official volunteer sites for the 9/11 Day of Service, and Second Harvest Heartland was chosen as one of those sites. Our local site was coordinated by The Mission Continues, a national nonprofit organization that challenges veterans to serve and lead in communities across America. It is inspiring to see these veterans giving so much back to the community after already giving so much back to our nation through their military service.

The 9/11 Day of Service was founded by the nonprofit MyGoodDeed in 2003 to establish a positive way to forever remember and pay tribute to the 9/11 victims, honor those that rose in service in response to the attacks, and remind people of the importance of working more closely together in peace to improve our world. The U.S. Congress joined with President Barack Obama to pass bipartisan legislation in 2009, formally recognizing September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance under federal law. Today 9/11 is the nation’s largest annual day of charitable service, with more than 33 million people participating last year from all 50 states and many nations throughout the world.

We are inspired by this movement to help our neighbors in need, and we hope you will be too! For more information, please visit the 9/11 Day Observance website.


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