• Amber Jackson

9/11 Still Affects Those Involved

Updated: Sep 15, 2020

It has been 19 years since New York City was hit by the worst terrorist attack on American soil. I am sure a lot of you know where you were that day. I was working at East Tennessee State University in the Athletic Department. I was was at my computer when an email from ABC News stated that a plane has hit the World Trade Center. I was in the middle of working on a project so all I thought was "Wow, that was weird. That is crazy thing to happen." Then a little later one of the coaches came into my boss's office saying that two planes had hit the World Trade Center. My boss had a television so he turned it on and everyone ran in there to see what was happening. None of us knew what to say... just watched in horror. Later on we hear about the third plan that crashed in Pennsylvania instead of hitting the Pentagon. We were all dazed after that day.

The following days a lot of people were trying to find ways to help those affected by the attack. There was blood drives in our area, which myself and others I worked with donated. Local organizations were raising money and supplies to send to New York. And today first responders and others in the area around the World Trade Center are still being affected by the day, physically and mentally. I found some organizations still helping First Responders and others who survived that day in New York on CharityNavigator.org and Money.com.

Check the following organizations out and see how you can help:

USACares.org - provides financial and advocacy assistance to post-9/11 active duty US military service personnel, veterans and their families.

Tunnel2Towers.org - The mission of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is to honor the sacrifice of firefighter Stephen Siller who laid down his life to save others on September 11, 2001. We also honor our military and first responders who continue to make the supreme sacrifice of life and limb for our country.

TuesdaysChildren.org - provides a lifetime of healing for families who have been forever changed by terrorism, military conflict or mass violence.

Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund - has given over $150 million in scholarships to financially needy dependents of those killed in the attacks, or affected in rescue efforts, since its inception in September 2001. It continues to give scholarships away.

Another way to honor the thousands of first responders who rushed in to help victims on 9/11, you can donate to the New York City Police Foundation and FDNY Foundation. If you want to support veterans, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America provides mentorship and career support for veterans, as well as mental health assistance.

You can help these organizations with money, by volunteering or by getting the word out about them so more folks can help. This is by no means all the groups helping deal with the effects of 9/11 but it is a start. If you see another organization you want to help, please check them out first and make sure the money goes where you want it to.

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