9/11: A Day of Giving

9/11 is an event that touched us all. Everyone remembers in different ways. At our house, each and every year, we eat pizza.

Down south of Denver, we’ve got a great local pizza place: Big Bill’s NY Pizza. Today is their 14th Annual 9/11 Day of Giving. Right after the events of 9/11, Bill hosted a fundraiser for families of New York firefighters who had lost their lives on that tragic day. After that first fundraiser it became an annual event held on 9/11, and a tradition at our house. All day, the staff works for free. And instead of paying for your food, you make a donatation. Since 2009, every penny that comes into the restaurant goes to support the JoAnn B. Ficke Cancer Foundation. Bill has taken this day of tragedy, and turned it into a day of hope. A day of giving.

Now, not everyone reading this post is within driving distance of Big Bill’s, so what does this mean for you? Well, what if we all took Bill’s idea, and everyone turned 9/11 into a Day of Giving? Give some money to your favorite charity. Spend some time with a lonely resident at a nearby nursing home. Help a neighbor with their yardwork. Collect food for a local food bank. Or what about doing small things throughout the day? Buy coffee for the person in line behind you. Smile and say hello to a stranger. Hold that door open for someone else. Sometimes it’s the little things we give to others that can have the biggest impact.

Spread hope and joy as you remember today. Make 9/11 your Day of Giving. And eat some pizza.