Posted: September 7, 2006 in Completely Off Bookish Topics


The 5-year anniversary of 9/11 is looming, just days away. To observe the anniversary, is issuing a challenge to all Americans.

Go to and register a good deed you plan to do on 9/11, in memory of those who died. It’s one way to help transform a grim anniversary into a day of goodness and hope.

Some suggestions for things you could pledge:

Donate to the Make a Wish Foundation


Donate blood or give money to the American Red Cross to use for disaster relief


Join the bone marrow donor registry via the National Marrow Donor Program. It’s no more difficult to join than giving blood, and in fact it requires less blood to be typed for marrow donation than you give for blood donation. I’ve been on the registry for several years now, but so far I haven’t been a match for anyone in need.


Donate some of your time and volunteer at a local retirement home, or Boys & Girls Club.


Give to the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association or the charity of your choice.


Whatever you give, it will feel very good to do something positive when the anniversary of 9/11 rolls around again. It’s really easy to be cynical, or to feel the impulse to ignore what seems politically motivated, but giving to a worthy cause is a good thing every day.


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