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Volunteers Gather In Rememberance of 9/11
"I think volunteerism is what made our country the great country it is today. People in the United States hear about a disaster or someone that needs help and then they jump right in," said Jack Sunderlik, a Senior Center volunteer.
"I hope it draws the community together by helping and trying to do more volunteering," said Marti Jiamnoni, who's also a Senior Center volunteer.
September 11th, a day that brings back memories of a tragedy that changed our world, forever. The day inspires many people to volunteer, to make a difference.
Folks at the Senior Service Center in Springfield are teaming up with more than 50 local non-profits and government agencies for a project called, "I will. Be Ready."
"I Will. Be Ready." is a day of service event that we created through the RSVP program. It combines the "I will" remember 9/11 and "be ready", for National Disaster Preparedness month," said Jennifer Phillips, RSVP Project Director.
To goal--to create 1,000 kits for senior citizens who are low income, home bound or veterans.
"There are a variety of things in the kits from bottles of water to canned food. There's also a FEMA brochure that's geared specifically for senior citizens, to tell them how to protect themselves, if something happens," said Jennifer.
Volunteers say this project is their way of giving back to the country that's given them so much.
"We hope we bring some knowledge to veterans and seniors that are home bound, because they need to prepare for emergencies...and we give them a start with these kits," said Jack.
The preparedness kits will be delivered to senior citizens throughout the rest of the month. Those who receive the kits are asked to "pay it forward" and write a thank you note to an active military member.
For more information on the "I will. Be ready." program, we've posted links under the Webwatch tab on our website.