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How To Commemorate Patriot Day Virtually

From buying meals for first responders to supporting suicide prevention, you can turn a day of tragedy into a day of helping others without leaving your home.

Today marks the 19th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks that took place in New York, NY, Arlington, VA and Shanksville, PA. While the pandemic has made it more difficult to gather together and mourn the 3,000 lives that were lost that day, one non-profit is encouraging people to transform the anniversary of 9/11 from a day of tragedy into a day of doing good.

The group 9/11 Day was started in 2002 by two friends, David Paine and Jay Winuk, after Winuk lost his brother Glenn in the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City. The duo worked with other leaders and law makers to establish September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance under federal law.

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Each year, the group organizes a massive charity event in cities across the country and encourages people to engage in acts of giving to commemorate the fallen.

Sparkt wrote about the group's massive giving event last year to prepare meals for Hurricane Dorian victims and others in need.

This year, due to the pandemic, the group is asking folks to commemorate the National Day of Service and Remembrance virtually, and has put together a list of charitable activities as part of its "9/11 Day at Home" initiative.

9/11 Day/Facebook

This list includes options like donating plasma to fight Covid-19, volunteering to be a poll worker on election day and feeding a first responder through World Central Kitchen's donation program.

"Because of COVID-19, we recognized the need to provide creative, virtual ways for Americans to continue to transform the anniversary of 9/11 from a day of tragedy into a day of doing good, and keep the solemn promise to 'never forget,'" Paine said in a press release.

If there's one thing to remember about the aftermath of that fateful day, it's the way our country came together, despite our differences, and helped each other. What better way to memorialize 9/11 then by returning to that sense of unity that we all felt that day, by doing something good? Count us in!

How can you start something good?

You can view a complete list of 9/11 Day good deeds by visiting the foundation's website.

You can also help by donating directly to the organization.

Let's #StartSomethingGood together!

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