Fifteen years ago, the hijacking of four American planes on a suicide mission carried out by the Islamist terrorist group al Qaeda devastated the United States in an unprecedented national tragedy. Now, living in New York, where the Twin Towers fell, I often see the Freedom Tower, the tall, glimmering reminder of what used to stand at the World Trade Center. It's essential to remember and acknowledge the vast damage inflicted on our country that day, and to contribute to its rebuilding in any way we can. How can you help survivors of 9/11?
Even thought it's been 15 years, many people continue to suffer from trauma from the tragic day, and they can still use our help. Here's a variety of ways you can contribute.
The 9/11 memorial and museum were built at the site of the attacks. Two waterfalls etched with victim's names along the sides show the areas where the old towers once stood. Inside the museum nearby, victims' families can gather to mourn, reflect, or view the various displays set up to relay the events of that day. You can donate to the museum here.
This organization was founded to aid those affected by terrorism and traumatic loss. Named because 9/11 occurred on a Tuesday, it provides support, guidance, counseling, and wellness programs designed to help young survivors and their families. The website provides various outlets of support for the organization.
In the aftermath of 9/11, two friends decided to take the evil events of the day and turn the memorable date into something positive. Thus 9/11 Day, a day of service, was born. "We didn't want the terrorists to have the last word in how 9/11 would be remembered," says co-founder David Paine on its website. In 2009, President Barack Obama passed legislation that declared Sept. 11 a National Day of Service and Remembrance. You can participate by volunteering on the day of service, or donating to 9/11 Day.
For Action Initiative
Formerly known as the Families of September 11, a goal of the organization is to help children understand the events of 9/11. They work with educators to discuss the most effective ways to teach students about the events and terrorism in general. You can donate to the group here.
Voices of September 11
This organization aims to help families to heal after tragedies and has a specific focus on the trauma of 9/11. The group is concerned with the mental and physical health of those affected by terrorism. It also conducts research on the long-term symptoms of terrorist acts. You can learn more about the services they offer and donate to their services.