AARP Staff, Volunteers Look to Serve, Honor Sioux Falls First Responders on 9/11
Many people and organizations are marking September 11th by doing good for others. AARP South Dakota staff and volunteers are joining together to serve the community Friday.
Cathy McCleer from the Sioux Falls AARP talks about their plans.
"After the tragedies of 9/11 in 2001, we wanted a way to honor those who lost their lives, and honor the first responders, and turn it into more of a positive situation," explained McCleer. "We joined with our volunteers across the state and across the country to give back to our communities."
Friday they are at The Sioux Falls Banquet to help with Project S.O.S. organizing schools supplies for families in need and other tasks, but that’s not all they have planned.
"We have a number of volunteers who have, in the last 5 years, treated our local first responders - firefighters, police officers - to treats on 9/11," added McCleer. "So they get together, the pack some goody trays, we provide some fruits, and we deliver it to fire stations and the public safety building in town. And that is just a way to say thank you and to remember what those folks do for us every day of the year."
This is the fifth year volunteers in Sioux Falls will participate in this project as a way to remember the tragic events of 9/11 and show thanks and support for the service first responders provide to the community.