Butler County residents will step up in service to mark the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks for the Sept. 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance. Volunteers will be delivering baked goods to the local first responders, joining hundreds of thousands of Americans across the country in volunteer service.

Local residents are being asked to help provide baked goods to ensure we have enough for all of our first responders. The baked goods can be delivered to the El Dorado Senior Center (210 E 2nd St., El Dorado, KS 67042) or to The Department on Aging office (2101 Dearborn St., Suite 302, Augusta, KS 67010) on Sept. 11 before 10 a.m. At 10 a.m., residents and volunteers will be meeting at the El Dorado Senor Center and The Point in Augusta to begin packaging the baked goods. Once all of the baked goods are packaged, RSVP volunteers and any participating residents will deliver them to the first responders in El Dorado and Augusta. The Foster Grandparent volunteers will be providing dozens of baked goods for both cities.

“September 11th is a day of history, emotion and reflection,” Melody Gault, the Foster Grandparent and RSVP program manager, said. “For many Americans, it is also a day of service that provides an opportunity to join neighbors and local leaders to rekindle the compassion and unity shown on that day.”

Sept. 11 was designated a national day of service by the 2009 Kennedy Serve America Act. The Corporation for National and Community Service leads the annual event – working with MyGoodDeed and hundreds of nonprofit groups, faith-based organizations, schools and businesses nationwide.

Those who have questions about this project or about volunteering for the RSVP program can contact Cary Bathon, RSVP project coordinator, at 316-775-0500 or cbathon@bucoks.com. For Foster Grandparent questions, contact Satina Goodwin, FGP program coordinator, at 316-775-0500 or sgoodwin@bucoks.com.