Be Part of A Celebration of Service on 9/11

AARP Celebration of Service

How can we commemorate September 11th and transform this somber day into something good?

AARP Foundation pondered that exact question and has provided us DC area residents and families with an opportunity to help others and honor those we lost.

This September 11, 2015 we can take part in a life-changing event: AARP Foundation is taking over the National Mall for A Celebration of Service, Volunteers will pack one million meals for struggling seniors in the DC Metro area. The hungry neighbors served will include senior veterans and first responders.

This effort is coordinated with one of my favorite local social good organizations, Capital Area Food Bank. CAFB is working with AARP Foundation to get these much-needed meals into the hands of our fellow community members in need.

The National Mall is both a historic and a practical venue for our service. Surrounded by the iconic monuments, memorials and museums, this massive meal-packing venue will be able to accommodate 1,000 volunteers at any given hour during the 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. event. Volunteers of all ages will work in teams to complete 60-minute Power Packs throughout the day right next to the Reflecting Pool and in the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial.

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If you work in or near DC, consider heading to the Mall to donate one hour of your time on Friday, September 11, 2015. At-home parents can bring their children with them to volunteer, and this could be an amazing project for homeschooling families. Although my and many children are in school on this date, I am going to check with their teachers about the idea of grabbing them a few hours earlier than dismissal so we can join the effort.

I believe this beautiful event stresses for families the importance of using our hands and time for good, even as we remember, and for my kids, learn about, one of the most painful events in our nation.

Register to volunteer and learn more about A Celebration of Service, and follow hashtags #911Day #AARPCares on Twitter and Facebook.

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