Turn 9/11 into a positive day

Tomorrow will be the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Last year I discussed why it’s important to remember this day is also someone’s birthday or anniversary. This year, however, I’ve decided to look at actions we can take to make a positive impact.

There are several ways you can positively impact our nation. Some people prefer to donate money, while others get out and volunteer. Here are a few organizations that are giving 9/11 a positive outlook this year:

  • Green Care For Troops. Organized by Project Evergreen, the goal of this initiative is to “provide free lawn and landscape services for thousands of military families nationwide.”
  • Action America. This program acts as a hub for people who want to donate and volunteer, but who don’t know where to start.
  • 9/11 Day. This movement encourages people to do a good deed on 9/11 and share it on the nonprofit’s website. The idea is that one good deed will cause a ripple effect, thus creating more good deeds.
  • 9/11 Memorial. This site offers ideas on how you can locally commemorate 9/11. It also offers different ways to donate and volunteer.
  • Wounded Warrior Project. This nonprofit encourages and supports soldiers who are injured. To donate, visit support.woundedwarriorproject.org.
  • Tuesday’s Children. This organization brings “together children and families whose lives have been dramatically altered by an act of terrorism.” Tuesday’s Children offers donation and volunteer opportunities.

Though I have undoubtedly forgotten several organizations, this is a good starting point. And, of course, you can always commemorate tomorrow by thanking a soldier, firefighter, police officer or any other person who works every day to keep us safe. Or, you know, just do that every day. (They definitely deserve it!)

If you know of any other organizations that are helping make a difference this 9/11, let me know in the comments.

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