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How To Get Involved In The 9/11 National Day Of Service


TURNING A DAY IN THE NATIONAL TRAGEDY INTO A DAY OF DOING GOOD. NEXT WEEK IS THE ANNUAL 9/11 DAY OF SERVICE. ONE WEEK FROM TOMORROW HERE AND L.A. VOLUNTEERS ARE GETTING READY AND DAVID PAYNE IS THE COFOUNDER OF THE 9/11 DAY OF SERVICE AND REMEMBRANCE. WELCOME. WE TALK ABOUT THIS EVERY YEAR. I KNOW THE PUSH IS ON BUT THIS YEAR YOU ARE GETTING MORE HELP. THIS WILL BE THE LARGEST 9/11 DAY OF SERVICE PROBABLY SINCE 2001 WHEN THE TERRORIST ATTACKS OCCURRED. PEOPLE DON’T REALIZE IS LARGEST DAY OF SERVICE IN THE NATION. ABOUT 50 MILLION PEOPLE GET OUT AND DO SOME CHARITABLE WORK IN CHILDREN DOING GOOD DEEDS. MAKING BEDS AND DOING DISHES. WE HAVE EIGHT MAJOR PROJECTS OURSELVES. ONE IN LOS ANGELES WHERE WE WILL PACK OVER 3 MILLION MEALS. SANDRA: IT IS NOT JUST ORDINARY PEOPLE WHO COME OUT TO HELP, YOU HAVE SOME BIG CELEBRITIES AND SOME SUPERSTARS IN THE ATHLETIC WORLD THAT ARE COMING OUT. IN LOS ANGELES OF COURSE, THE LAKERS ORGANIZATION, DODGERS, RAMS, CHARGERS, I THINK THE MAYOR IS COMING. IT IS KIND OF EXCITING WHEN YOU HAVE PEOPLE OF PROMINENCE THAT PEOPLE LOOK UP TO THAT ARE INFLUENCERS AND PARTICULARLY FOR YOUNGER PEOPLE THAT PARTICIPATE AND HELP THE NATION AND ALL OF US ARE IN THE STATE OF TRAGEDY INTO A DAY OF DOING GOOD. SANDRA: WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT YOUNG PEOPLE MANY WERE NOT A LIVE WHEN THE TERRORIST ATTACKS OCCURRED OR THEY WERE VERY YOUNG. TOO YOUNG TO REMEMBER. TO SEE OLDER PEOPLE SETTING ASIDE THE SIDE AND AS YOU SAID, TURNING IT INTO SOMETHING GOOD. WHAT A WAY TO HONOR NOT ONLY THE VICTIMS BUT THE FIRST RESPO RESPONDERS, AND THE MILITARY. I THINK THAT IS WHY THE 9/11 COMMUNITY EARLY ON REALIZED WE HAD TO TRANSFORM SEPTEMBER 11 INTO A DAY OF TERROR INTO A DAY OF DOING GOOD OTHERWISE RELETTING THE TERRORIST HAVE THE LAST WORD. WHEN HE THINK ABOUT THE FACT THAT ONE QUARTER OF THE COUNTRY TODAY IS UNDER THE AGE OF 21 WITH LITTLE TO NO MEMORIES OF 9/11. IF WE DON’T TEACH THEM INSIDE THAT IN A POSITIVE WAY ALL THEY WILL LEARN ABOUT IS WHAT THE TERRORISTS DID AND NOT HOW WE RESPONDED AS A COUNTRY WE WON WE TALKED ABOUT WHAT’S GOING ON IN L.A., YOU ARE PACKING MEALS. WHAT’S GOING ON, A LOT OF STATES ARE INVOLVED. WE HAVE PEOPLE IN ALL 50 STATES AND IMPACT IN 92 NATIONS THAT PARTICIPATE IN THE STATE OF SERVICE NOW. I THINK IT IS JUST INNATE, PEOPLE WANT TO FIGURE OUT A WAY TO HELP AND DO GOOD IN RESPONSE TO TRAGEDY. SO, BESIDES THE EIGHTH LARGE MEAL PROJECTS WERE ORGANIZING A WE WILL BE IN 20 COUNTRIES, 20 CITIES BY THE TIME WE GET TO 2021, THERE’S LITERALLY MILLIONS OF PEOPLE DOING TWO GOOD DEEDS SMALL AND LARGE. SANDRA: IS A GOOD DAY TO COME TOGETHER FOR YOUR COMMUNITY AND FEEL GOOD ABOUT WHAT YOU’RE DOING. HOW CAN PEOPLE SIGN UP? FIRST OF ALL, I WOULD SUGGEST PEOPLE GO TO OUR WEBSITE, 9/11 DAY.ORG AND TO THERE’S A LOT OF GOOD THINGS THEY CAN DO THERE. IF THEY WANT TO SUPPORT HUNGER RELIEF EFFORT WHERE THAT YOU WOULD BUY MEALS THAT’S ONE THING. BUT THERE’S TERRIFIC LESSON PLANS FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS WHERE THEY CAN LEARN HOW TO ESSENTIALLY TEACH THEIR CHILDREN ABOUT 9/11 BUT IN A NONTHREATENING WAY. THERE’S A LESSON CALLED 9/11 GOOD DEEDS THAT THEY CAN DOWNLOAD FOR FREE. SANDRA: EVEN THINGS IF YOU CAN’T JOIN THE ENTIRE DAY EFFORT YOU CAN DO AT HOME WITH EURO FAMILY. IT’S REALLY JUST ABOUT DOING GOOD DEEDS, BEING KIND, TAKING A MOMENT TO REALIZE HOW IMPORTANT WE ALL ARE. WE MAY HAVE DIFFERENCES AS PEOPLE BUT ULTIMATELY 9/11 IS MEANT TO BE A DAY WHERE WE PUT THOSE ASIDE AND REMEMBER HOW MUCH WE CARE ABOUT EACH OTHER. EVERYBODY COMES TOGETHER ALL THE MEALS YOU ARE PUTTING TOGETHER HERE WILL STAY IN OUR COMMUNITY. THE PROJECT HERE LOCALLY WHICH IS BEING RUN BY L.A. WORKS AND THE FOOD BANK OF MEALS WILL STAY RIGHT HERE IN THE LOCAL COMMUNITY. IT WILL BE DISTRIBUTED BY L.A. FOOD BANK WHO ARE FOOD INSECURE. I KNOW IT’S ALMOST GO TIME FOR YOU AND YOUR EXTREMELY BUSY. THINGS ARE COMING IN. THANKS FOR HAVING ME. IT IS THE NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE NEXT WEEK ON 9/11.

Stephen Childs

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