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 MyGoodDeed.org, 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:
PRESIDENT’S COUNCIL ON SERVICE AND CIVIC PARTICIPATION AND
SERVICENATION JOIN THE GROWING EFFORT TO OBSERVE 9/11 AS A
NATIONAL DAY OF CHARITABLE SERVICE
MyGoodDeed.org, 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. MyGoodDeed.org, 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. MyGoodDeed.org (www.mygooddeed.org) 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 MyGoodDeed.org. “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.