On September 11th, 2001, our country experienced a great loss. We were not defeated though. If anything, we were made stronger. Many of us can remember how unified we felt as a country in the days and weeks that followed, and now, ten years later, it is our hope that by holding a day of service on the anniversary of that tragic day, we will revive that unity through volunteering our time in the service of those who have so valiantly served our country.
September 11th is now a National Day of Service and Remembrance. As part of President Obama’s call to service, we at Grow Food, Grow Hope would like to give local veterans and their families our thanks. With the help of volunteers from the community, we will be putting together fresh produce and baked goods baskets for veterans.
Community members are encouraged to take part in the Day of Service. The event begins at 1 p.m. on September 11th at the Center for Service and Civic Engagement. We will be picking vegetables and putting together baskets which we will then deliver to local veterans. We are also hoping to lend a hand at the homes of veterans by doing some light yard work, including weeding, hedge trimming and raking. If you are unable to help on the day of the event, but would still like to be involved, we are also asking for donations of baskets and baked goods – (cookies, brownies, jams or jellies, and breads). All homemade foods need to be made fresh the day before the event. Volunteers will be available to come to your home on the day of to pick them up, or the items can be dropped off at the CSCE on the 11th by 1 p.m.
In addition to the fresh food items, we would like to include words of thanks from k-12 students and members of the community. If you are interested in writing a thank you note to a service man or woman, all letters need to be received by Friday, September 9th. They can be dropped off in person at the CSCE on the Wilmington College Campus or sent to:
Grow Food, Grow Hope
1145 Pyle Center
1870 Quaker Way
Wilmington, OH 45177