|Dear Friend of 9/11 Day,|
The 17th anniversary of the September 11 attacks is now just one week away. We hope you will again join millions of Americans who will be observing this solemn day, now the nation's largest day of service, by taking time to do just ONE good deed for 9/11. Any good deed counts!
Below are ten good ideas to help get you started. And please share your good deed plans on social media using the hashtag #911day. For more ideas and info, check out our brand new website, 911day.org.
Thanks for helping to turn this day of tragedy into a day of doing good!
1. Purchase school supplies for your children’s classroom.
2. Visit an aging relative or friend -- someone that would benefit from your company.
3. Deliver food or cookies to your local fire or police station.
4. (If you’re a child living at home), help your parents clean the house, do dishes, make your bed, or assist your brother or sister with their homework.
5. Make a financial contribution to a charity, faith group, or school that matters to you.
6. Give something away to Goodwill, Salvation Army, or another charity, such as items of clothing (in good shape) to that you don’t need, like winter coats, shoes, or eyewear. Your children can give away used toys they don’t need, like bicycles or skates they’ve outgrown.
7. Volunteer. September is Hunger Action Awareness Month, so check out local soup kitchens, food pantries, or food banks, which provide food assistance and free meals to homeless and others. They need volunteers all the time. Also visit 911day.org/volunteer to search for other opportunities in your area.
8. Donate pet food to a local animal shelter.
9. Donate old cell phones, which often are provided to shelters for victims of domestic abuse. Many mobile phone companies accept these at their local stores.
10. Do a good deed for yourself – you count, too – so make 9/11 the day you quit smoking, start exercising, or begin a new activity you’ve put off.
David Paine and Jay Winuk
Co-founders, 9/11 Day
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