Red River Veterans Organization Will Collaborate with Hopkins County Community Chest to Commemorate 9/11

Community Chest Pantry/ Adam Whitson on google photos

September 11 is Patriots Day and a National Day of Service and Remembrance. On this day, Americans across the country are called to volunteer in their local communities in honor of those lost and injured in the attacks, first responders, and the many who stood up in defense of freedom. .

Twenty years ago, on September 11, 2001, many lost their lives because of the September 11th attacks. In the days and months following the September 11th tragedy, Americans at home and around the world came together, knowing that the things that divided us were smaller than those that united us. Despite divisions, differences and ideologies, we have come together as a nation. We mourned as a community, cared for each other, and then got to work rebuilding and improving our neighborhoods.

Beginning in 2002, family members who lost loved ones led the effort for a fitting and proper tribute to honor their loved ones and those who volunteered to serve our country in response to the tragedy. The leadership and efforts of these family members resulted in the legislative establishment of the National 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance in April 2009. AmeriCorps has been tasked with supporting this countywide effort. Each year, AmeriCorps works with 9/11Day.orggrantees and partners, faith-based, local and national organizations to develop volunteerism to honor the sacrifice of families affected by September 11, 2001.

On this 21st anniversary of September 11th, thousands of Americans of all ages and walks of life will participate in service projects ranging from food drives and home repairs to neighborhood cleanups and disaster preparedness activities. In many areas, volunteers will honor veterans, soldiers or first responders by collecting donations, assembling care kits and writing thank you letters.

To commemorate this occasion, the Red River Valley Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) invites you to join us in honoring the victims and heroes of this day through acts of service that will rekindle the spirit of unity that swept the nation in the wake. of the tragedy.

This year, RSVP’s service project is to assist the Hopkins County Community Chest with the operation of its food pantry. September 6e, volunteers will help people in the community who shop at the pantry and help keep the pantry shelves stocked during the food distribution. Volunteers will meet at the Hopkins County Community Chest in Sulfur Springs, 217 Linda Drive, at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 6. This service project should take about 2-3 hours.

If you are interested in this service activity, please contact RSVP Coordinator Kelly Hamill at 903-782-0441.

On this National Day of Service and Remembrance, and throughout the year, Americans show their true patriotism by accomplishing together what we could never accomplish alone. A good deed can spark passion and create relationships between communities and individuals that extend beyond this day to inspire a lifetime of service to all Americans.

Red River Valley RSVP is a program of AmeriCorps Seniors and is sponsored by Paris Junior College and locally funded by United Way of Lamar County.

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