Yesterday, the 10th anniversary of 9/11, meant a lot of different things to different people: loss, resilience, heroism, the coming together of communities, and of course a time to serve. In New York City, these feelings were palpable as the city remembered and reflected on the tragedy that occurred a decade ago.
Amidst the high emotions and security alerts, dozens determined Met Council volunteers across the city came out to mark this day with deeds of kindness. For this year’s National Day of Service and Remembrance, Met Council hosted several emergency preparedness fairs across Manhattan and Brooklyn that aimed to provide low income senior citizens with the resources and materials they might need for different emergency situations.
By the end of the day, 23 volunteers educated 48 seniors at 4 housing sites on the proper responses to such events as hurricanes, power outages, and extreme heat as well as helped make resources such as to-go kits and medical ID cards.
Although many of our volunteers and senior residents found it difficult to revisit the tragedy, they felt gratitude that they had this chance to once again come together as New Yorkers did in the aftermath of terror.