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Latter-day Saint Volunteers Join National 9/11 Day of Service

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On Saturday, September 9, 2023, thousands of volunteers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints throughout Utah joined with many other organizations in support of the National 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance, also known as Patriot Day or 9/11 Day.

“We are deeply grateful to the tens of thousands of volunteers who participated in the 9/11 Day of Service,” said Elder Kevin W. Pearson, a General Authority Seventy and president of the Utah Area. “Your collective efforts to beautify our neighborhoods are awe-inspiring.”

An estimated 30 million people from many walks of life provide religious, humanitarian and community service across the United States, as they serve their neighbors and strengthen individual communities. 

In Utah, more than 60,000 people of all ages participated in over 300 service and cleanup projects. Volunteer service opportunities were provided to cities, counties, schools, the homeless, refugees, children and those struggling with food insecurity.

“From cleaning parks to providing service and gathering needed donations, we express our thanks to one and all involved in this year’s 9/11 Day of Service,” said Elder Pearson. 

More than 400 volunteers from the community gathered at the Jordan River Parkway in West Jordan to clear trash and debris.

Volunteers set a goal to make 1,400 toy cars for Christmas or other holidays at the Tiny Tim’s Toy Factory in West Jordan. The cars are shipped all over the world to developing nations.

The toy factory has been making cars since 1996, and the nonprofit organization hopes to produce 1.5 million cars by the end of next year. 

Volunteers in Centerville were busy making quilts at 20 quilting stations for teen centers and refugee centers in northern Utah. 

“This was an impressive army of individuals who came to work on an ambitious project, destined for high school teen centers,” said Curtis Bennett, an area director for JustServe. 

Another project included making hygiene kits through the Granite Education Foundation in South Jordan. Volunteers assembled 15,000 hygiene kits for teen girls in schools. 

“Selfless and compassionate service can unite people from all walks of life and bring light, hope and happiness to those burdened by fear, sickness, hardship and sadness,” Elder Pearson added. “Thank you for making a difference.” 

This day of remembrance began in 2002 to provide opportunities for people to serve in various capacities nationwide. Today, the National 9/11 Day is Patriot Day and a National Day of Service and Remembrance.

Local service projects in communities can be found by searching justserve.org.

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