Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Do Something Good

Today is the Anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001. I read in this article
about something we can all do to remember that day and the people who lost their lives.

The article proposes that on September 11th, we all do an act of service.
"The idea of turning 9/11 into a day of service, charity, and good deeds came from the family and friends of one man: Glenn Winuk, a volunteer fireman and lawyer who worked a block and a half from the World Trade Center. After he helped evacuate his Broadway law offices, he grabbed a medic's bag and ran toward the smoke pouring from the South Tower. That's where his remains were found after the towers fell. Mr. Paine and Glenn's brother Jay had been friends for years. They decided that turning 9/11 into a day of service was best way to memorialize Glenn.

"It completely reflects the way my brother lived his life, and it also specifically reflects how he died," says Mr. Winuk, myGoodDeed.org cofounder. "He laid his life on the line for other people that day."

In 2002, Paine and Winuk sent e-mails to friends and family and suggested they do a good deed, such as donate a day's pay on 9/11. Then the idea evolved, and they founded myGoodDeed.org. In 2004, 100,000 visited their website and pledged to do a good deed on 9/11. This year, those pledging number more than 250,000.

"A lot of people don't know what to do on 9/11," says Paine. "This hits people in their heart and their soul. It connects with something that's fundamental.""
Today I am going to do something good, maybe something small and seemingly insignificant, but something to help someone else. If you would like to participate, I'd love to hear what you decided to do.
(all pictures on this post came from wikipedia.)


Shannon said...

I'm amazed at how one life lost changes everything because we are all so connected. Peoples lives have changed dramatically because their loved one was killed.
Thanks for sharing this article and now each of us can change things for the better.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for keeping the hope moving forward... because "good goes around".