On the 10th anniversary of 9/11 citizens across the nation are joining hands to pay tribute to the victims, heroes and those who rose in service on that tragic day by participating in what we hope will be one million acts of service.
Jacksonville citizens were doing their part to support this initiative as they gathered today at Klutho Park to participate in a variety of community-serving projects.
Adults and groups of students collected and bagged groceries for families in need, planted 220 pots (220 represent the number of floors in the twin towers) of radishes seeds for families in need, planted Earthboxes for school children in 7 schools, planted 2 “Twin Tower” Cathedral Oak trees (donated by Greenscape of Jacksonville), made 220 care packages for our troops and sewed a paper memorial quilt that is now displayed at the Everbank Stadium. The 13-foot wide quilt is made of 2,016 squares colored by Jacksonville school children that represent the 2, 016 employees who perished in the Twin Towers.
And what could be more American than a good old-fashioned baseball? Volunteers engaged in a spirited game to finish off the morning’s work.
Breakfast was also served in three other locations for first-responders, active and veteran military and their families.
Throughout the weekend, volunteers will continue to serve by collecting snack foods for the USO at Mission Harvest and holding a Saturday Academy with Hope Worldwide that will teach children about 9/11 and oversee the making of cards of caring that will be distributed to the Disabled Veteran’s Foundation.
You can see more photos of today’s events in our Flickr album.
We are grateful to our partners: Women of Color Cultural Foundation; Duval County Health Department; Jacksonville Fire and Rescue; Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office; Home Depot; Duval County Public Schools; Mary Singleton Senior Center; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida; United Way of NE FL; Best Buy; AME Ministers Alliance; Greenscape of Jacksonville; RSVP (Senior Corp); City of Jacksonville; American Legion; Veterans of Foreign War; Helping Hands Neighborhood Network; UF – Duval Extension Master Gardeners; Standard Feed and Seed; Clara White Mission; SMG Jacksonville Jaguars Stadium; and The Roar – Jacksonville Jaguars Cheerleaders.