Since 2001, we have been honoring and remembering the 2,977 lives that were lost during the tragic Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack. Previously called Patriot Day, The National Day of Service and Remembrance is an excellent time to give back to the community you live in and do something meaningful for the people around you.
Do Something Meaningful
At Wheels For Wishes, we are all about giving back to the community and improving the lives of others. This year, consider doing something meaningful in the community you live in. Maybe you will even consider one of our ideas!
Whether you have an idea of your own, or you are looking to use one of ours, the important thing is that we remember the lives that were lost on Sept. 11, and do something meaningful to provide support in our communities.
Give Back With Community Service
A great way to get involved in the community is through community service, but more specifically, through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). They are a U.S. federal government agency that engages over five million Americans through their volunteer programs. These include Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America. The CNCS provides a map on their website where you can find ways to perform a national service in your area.
Create Or Give To A Food Bank
According to a Feeding America survey, people are now relying on food banks more than ever. Over the past year, demand for food banks has increased from 28.6% to 37.7%. Food banks are also seeing an alarming amount of children in need of food.
Consider starting your own food bank at home, work, school, etc., and get others involved as well. Alternately, consider donating to a food bank of your choice. If you have a garden, search for a food shelf that accepts fresh produce.
Donate To Or Create A Clothing Drive
Similar to the food banks, clothing is also a necessity for many people. Consider starting your own clothing drive and getting others involved, or donate to a clothing drive of your choice. Check with your local Goodwill or Salvation Army to see what their needs may be.
Tutor A Child
Many children are lacking the extra education they need, so consider signing up to become a tutor for a child who may need the extra help.
Blood is always needed, so giving blood is a timeless act of kindness. Visit the American Red Cross website to schedule your appointment.
Donate A Car
Donating a car is not only green and eco-friendly, but it is also extremely kind and generous. When you donate an unwanted vehicle to Wheels For Wishes, benefiting Make-A-Wish, your donation can help to grant the wishes of kids in your community with critical illnesses. To donate a vehicle, please fill out the easy online vehicle donation form or call 1-877-431-9474.
Attend A City-Wide Cleanup
Also green and eco-friendly, city-wide cleanups are a very important way to give back to your community and keep it clean. Visit your city website to see if your city has any cleanup events arranged. If not, you can still get your friends and family together to clean up a public park or trail. The more people, the better!
To honor victims, survivors, and those who served others on Sept. 11, consider taking part in one of our community service ideas, or choose one of your own. Your act of service will be much appreciated.