Join the Celebration of Service in Honor of 9/11

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Volunteers pack meals in South Florida.

In the chaos that followed the Sept. 11 attacks 14 years ago, some things came into exquisite focus. We suddenly knew what really mattered — our loved ones, our country, our heroes and the huge loss we had all just suffered.

We came together, bonded by an urge to counteract an unspeakable act of violence with countless acts of kindness. Every year since, on Sept. 11, millions of volunteers across America recapture that spirit of unity by exercising the healing power of helping others. For all of us at AARP, Sept. 11 is also a time to rededicate ourselves to the core principle upon which our organization was founded: To serve, not to be served.

On Friday, Sept. 11, AARP Foundation is spearheading A Celebration of Service on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to honor those who gave their lives — including first responders. Fueled by more than 5,000 volunteers, many of them local AARP staff, we are packing more than a million meals for struggling seniors in our nation’s capital.

Help bring relief to struggling seniors; find volunteer opportunities near you »

The meals will be distributed to hungry and food-insecure older adults across the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia through collaboration with the  Capital Area Food Bank.

A Celebration of Service is one of the largest meal packs to be held on the National Mall. It will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the John F. Kennedy Hockey Fields, located between the Lincoln Memorial and World War II Memorial, beside the Reflecting Pool.

AARP Foundation works every day across the nation to improve life for older adults who are low-income or vulnerable. Please join us on the Mall for this day of celebration and service as we come together to honor all of those who gave their lives on that fateful September day, to rededicate ourselves to serving others, and to demonstrate that the irrepressible flame that burns deep within us to serve, to give, to help and to care continues to define our great American spirit.

 


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Jo Ann Jenkins is the chief executive officer of AARP. Follow her on Twitter @JoAnn_Jenkins.

 

 

 

 

 

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