The National Day of Service and Remembrance was started in 2002 by the Corporation for National and Community Service. This day provides a productive and respectful way to honor the memory of those who were lost while also showing respect for our local first responders. This project assists in rekindling the spirit of unity and compassion that swept our nation after 9/11. The corporation’s efforts lead to the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance project being established into law by the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act in 2009.

Following the September 11 terrorist attacks, Americans united in a remarkable spirit showing patriotism and compassion. Given the tragedy and heroism associated with 9/11, family members affected believe the best way to mark the anniversary is to join with others to reclaim the spirit of unity that followed 9/11. Engaging in service on and around 9/11 is an appropriate and respectful way to remember the lives of those lost, pay tribute to those who rose in service and honor those who continue to serve our country today.

The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and the Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) are continuing our 9/11 service project for the seventh year, and it is quickly approaching. The project will need help supplying baked goods as well as packaging and delivering the items to local first responders. We will be delivering to the roughly 200 first responders in the cities of El Dorado and Augusta. Unfortunately, we do not have enough staff or volunteers to currently spread our project to more Butler County cities. However, some of the senior centers have decided to also participate in this project. If you are in Leon, Andover or Rose Hill, please contact your local senior center to see where they need help.

Anyone interested in donating baked goods will need to have them baked and delivered by September 11, 2017 before 10 a.m. The items can be delivered to either: the Department on Aging located at 2101 Dearborn St. Suite 302 in Augusta or the El Dorado Senior Center located at 210 E. 2nd Ave. in El Dorado.

On September 11, 2017, we will need volunteers to help package these baked items at the El Dorado Senior Center and The Point in Augusta and help deliver them to the sheriff’s office, police station, fire station, EMS, emergency management, emergency room staff, etc. Please contact Cary Bathon at 316-775-0500 for more information.

To all of our past, current and future first responders, we would like to graciously thank you for your daily service.