Nonprofit to hold National Day of Service on September 10
Local nonprofit AgingNext will mark the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks with a National Day of Service event at its offices, 141 Spring St., Claremont, on Friday, September 10.
The outdoor event will begin at 9 a.m. with a Lifestream Blood Drive and community partner booths, including a disaster preparedness workshop presented by the Service Center for Independent Life.
A remembrance ceremony will take place at 11 a.m., with an invocation led by Frank Munoz, retired U.S. Air Force chaplain and supervisor of spiritual care at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center.
In addition, Claremont Mayor Jennifer Stark will join, and the names of Southern California victims will be read. Miss Lillie Knauls will sing “God Bless America,” and the Claremont Kiwanis will provide lunch.
The purpose of the National Day of Service is to transform the anniversary of 9/11 from a day of tragedy into a day of doing good, and an opportunity to honor victims by keeping alive the spirit of unity and service that arose in the aftermath of the attacks.
AgingNext will offer all attendees the opportunity to “do good” at the event by making “vials of life,” one for themselves and one to donate to a local senior. The vials contain important medical information that can assist emergency personnel in administering the proper medical treatment.
Since 1975, AgingNext has been a go-to resource for aging adults and their families, especially those who want to continue living independently at home. The broad collection of programs and resources include transportation options, companionship programs, volunteer opportunities and an adult day program for those with memory impairment, offering the necessary solutions to support older adults along every step of the aging journey.
“It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since 9/11, but AgingNext is proud to be honoring the day with this event and providing the opportunity for the community to come together,” said Floy Biggs, AgingNext CEO. “We look forward to people joining us. This last year and a half has shown us that we need one another, and this event is a great way to get involved and feel good about giving back.”
All are welcome to attend the festivities, but sign up is required to donate blood or for the disaster workshop. Time slots for blood donations are available every 15 minutes between 9 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.
Please visit the website at www.agingnext.org or call (909) 621-9900 to sign up to donate blood or for the disaster workshop.