I used to listen to tunes in my truck, but with the state of radio sucking the way it does, it gets old really quick. So I started surfing, looking for something. Then I found talk radio. Glenn Beck. Rush Limbaugh. Sean Hannity. Say what you will, I enjoy listening to them.

So, during one of the commercial breaks yesterday, actor Gary Sinise’s voice is coming through the speakers. He mentioned the observation of September 11 during the commercial. I missed some of what he said because I suddenly realized that the 7th anniversary of the attacks was next Friday. Seven years since the Twin Towers fell. Wow, how the kids have grown since th…Stop! Listen to what he’s saying!!

Sinise talked about a website called, and how you can register and join the effort to observe 9/11 as a national day of charitable service. A press release dated August 28th at the site said the following:

NATIONAL DAY OF CHARITABLE SERVICE, formed by friends and relatives of 9/11 victims to promote 9/11 as a day of service, continues to win influential support as the 7th anniversary of the terrorist attacks approaches NEW YORK, Aug. 27, 2008 – The grassroots initiative to transform 9/11 into an annually recognized national day of charitable service, which last week encouraged Senators John McCain and Barack Obama to observe a campaign moratorium this 9/11, continues to gain steam as America once again approaches the anniversary of the terrorist attacks., the nonprofit founded in 2003 by friends and relatives of 9/11 victims, announced that it has picked up two important allies this year – newly formed ServiceNation, a powerful coalition of more than 600 nonprofit groups from around the country which will host the two presidential candidates in a forum on civic engagement on September 11 in New York, and the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. ( already is actively supported by numerous prominent officials, corporations and leading nonprofits, including U.S. Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Charles Schumer, U.S. Representative Peter King, actor Gary Sinise, Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross, Citizen Corps, Youth Service America and Points of Light & Hands on Network. The group is also supported by all of the major 9/11 family and support organizations.

“The anniversary of September 11 should be officially recognized as a national day of charitable service to honor the 9/11 victims, volunteers and rescue and recovery workers of Ground Zero,” said David Paine, president of “All of us can best honor the memory of those lost by engaging in good deeds, community service and other charitable acts to rekindle the remarkable spirit of unity that existed following the 9/11 tragedy.”

So, think about it. Turn a solemn day into something positive. Volunteer in the community, donate to a good cause, or perform a good deed of your choosing. Let me know what you’re going to do in the comments.

My first mini-good deed is to get the word out. That was easy. And since I work next Friday, I’ll have to do my good deed Thursday. (Editor’s note: Thursday IS September 11th.) I plan on going to the Blood Bank on Oberlin Avenue and donating blood. And if I can do something else, I’ll let you know.

But I’d like to hear from you and what you can do.



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  1. Thanks so much for you post and getting the word out. I am the founding director of a grassroots volunteer and civic action center that is affiliated with Hands On Georgia (member of the HandsOn Network generated by Points of Light Institute). I am coordinating events in southeast Georgia around nonpartisan voter registration, and a volunteer pledge drive on 9/11. We are partnering with many service organizations and individual volunteers, as our mission is to bring people together to strengthen communities through meaningful volunteer action.

    myGoodDeed Day is one of the many events in our autumn season of service, as is ServiceNation Day of Action on 9/27 which is also National Public Lands Day and the kick off to Hands On Georgia Week, a statewide servathon with volunteer activities in most all of Georgia’s 159 counties. Over the next three weeks, our activities will include neighborhood, public space and community clean-ups and beautification projects at schools, nursing homes, and other gathering places; we’ll also be doing some fundraising and advocacy work in partnership with the local American Diabetes Association, America’s Second Harvest, hosting a blood drive with the Red Cross, and hosting the Special Olympics Georgia Fall Games for 1,500 athletes and 2-3,000 of their families and friends.

    If you don’t have a visit planned to Southeast Georgia in the next few weeks, the are literally thousands of opportunities to serve in your own back yard. If any of the readership of this blog would like to find out more on how they can be the change in their communities, I encourage a surf to‘s Action Center’s page for local opportunities, or post their good deeds at To get involved with the ServiceNation Day of Action, visit There’s still time to help organize an event in your area.

    Yours in service,
    – HandsOn Jeremy

    Hands On Ogeechee Volunteer & Civic Action Center
    Statesboro, Georgia

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