Ten years later, 9/11 survivors and victims’ family members still need you. Children who lost parents rely on scholarship funds to pay for college. Memorial sites commemorate the tragedies and honor those who died with the help of donations. First responders grappling with catastrophic illnesses and injuries look to organizations to advocate on their behalf and ease their financial burdens.
Here’s how you can help.
Home to many firefighters and financial service workers, the Rockaway peninsula in Queens lost more than 50 residents on September 11. In an effort to unite a community torn apart by tragedy, the Graybeards—a local basketball team—founded the eponymous charity to foster friendship and camaraderie. The area’s first and largest 9/11 charity hosts social gatherings, charity events, supports locals battling cancer and donates to such critical causes as the Wounded Warrior Project.
While working at the Ground Zero recovery efforts, 8,000 pounds of steel crushed John Feal’s foot. As he recovered, Feal decided he needed to help other responders who have suffered catastrophic injuries and illnesses. Established in 2005, the FealGood Foundation helps ease the financial burden of medical care and educates the public about the ailments these responders face.
In the past 10 years, Tuesday’s Children has provided emotional support to 3,000 children affected by terrorism. The organization that was founded to offer a haven for families who lost loved ones on September 11 has now evolved into helping anyone affected by terrorism around the world. Tuesday’s Children provides a wide range of supportive programming, including mentoring for children ages 7 to 18, career shadow days and career planning workshops for students getting ready to graduate from college.