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2017

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Americans Urged to Join 9/11 Day #MomentofSilence

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New York, NY, September 1, 2017 --This year for 9/11, the nonprofit 9/11 Day will be leading a national #MomentOfSilence campaign on Twitter and Facebook to correspond with each of the moments of silence that are observed at the ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum at Ground Zero.

For each of the six moments of silence observed on 9/11, we are asking Americans and others to not post anything posts on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat for 60 seconds, except a single post #momentofsilence and #911day each time. People can also use #neverforget as well.

To help promote this effort, leading up to 9/11, people can also download the #MomentOfSilence image from our Gallery , and share it on their social media channels. The 9/11 Day nonprofit said it will provide a five minute reminder on its Twitter.com/911day and Facebook.com/911day pages, which people are urged to follow.

The start times for each moment of silence, as provided by the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, are as follows:

8:46 a.m.: Hijackers deliberately crash American Airlines Flight 11 into floors 93 through 99 of the North Tower (1 WTC).

9:03 a.m.: Hijackers deliberately crash United Airlines Flight 175 into floors 77 through 85 of the South Tower (2 WTC).

9:37 a.m.: Hijackers deliberately crash American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon, near Washington, D.C.

9:59 a.m.: The South Tower (2 WTC) collapses.

10:03 a.m.: After learning of the other attacks, passengers on United Airlines Flight 93 launch a counterattack on hijackers aboard their plane to try to seize control of the aircraft. In response, the hijackers crash the plane into an empty field near Shanksville, Pa.

10:28 a.m.: The North Tower (1 WTC) collapses. The 16-acre World Trade Center site is in ruins, with collateral damage affecting all adjacent properties and streets. A rescue and recovery effort begins immediately.



About 9/11 Day

The "9/11 Day" observance, created in 2002 and organized each year by the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization MyGoodDeed (d.b.a. “9/11 Day”), has redefined how many Americans perceive and observe the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks. Recognized officially under bi-partisan federal law in 2009, 9/11 Day has grown to become the nation's largest annual day of charitable engagement. For more information, visit 911day.org, or email info@911day.org. People can also follow 9/11 Day on Facebook (www.facebook.com/911day), Twitter (@911day) and Instagram (@911_day)

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2017

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9/11 Day Leaders Announce Plans for 2017 September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance

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9/11 Day Leaders Call For Unity in Observance of the 16th Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks

Nation’s Largest Day of Service: Major volunteer projects planned throughout the nation to promote religious and racial diversity, empathy and togetherness; tens of millions expected to participate, including to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey

In a show of unity, thousands of New Yorkers from diverse backgrounds will join together on September 11 at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum to pack 500,000+ meals for those in need in New York and communities hard-hit by Hurricane Harvey

Cast of Tony Award-winning musical COME FROM AWAY to perform for volunteers

New York, NY (September 1, 2017) – 9/11 Day leaders, who founded the federally-recognized September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, are calling upon all Americans to put aside their differences and observe the upcoming 16th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks as a national day of unity and charitable service.

“On 9/11, and in its aftermath, we were reminded once again that America is at its best when we come together and focus on our common humanity, embracing and respecting our differences as we pursue solutions to our challenges,” said Jay S. Winuk, co-founder and executive vice president of the nonprofit 9/11 Day and who lost his brother, Glenn J. Winuk, an attorney and volunteer firefighter and EMT who died in the line of duty on 9/11. “For 9/11 this year, we hope all Americans will take that to heart, and pay tribute by joining together and spending the day performing good deeds."

Meals packed for food-challenged New Yorkers and Hurricane Harvey Victims

In New York, more than 2,500 volunteers, including Wounded Warriors, military veterans, members of eight different faith-based groups, employers and employees, various nonprofit organizations and other New Yorkers, will join together in a show of unity on 9/11, assembling more than 500,000 meals in observance of the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance (“9/11 Day”). These pre-packaged meals will be distributed by City Harvest and Food Bank of New York to individuals in need in the NYC area. Thousands of the packed meals will also be provided as emergency food supplies to assist the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Houston and surrounding areas.

Principal funding for 9/11 Day in 2017 is again being provided by Citi Foundation; American Express Company; and Corporation for National and Community Service.

During one of the meal-packing shifts cast members from the Tony Award-winning musical COME FROM AWAY, which plays at Broadway’s Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, will perform “Prayer” from the show, the lyrics and spirit of which are directly relevant to the mission of 9/11 Day. COME FROM AWAY tells the extraordinary true story of the 7,000 airline passengers who were stranded in in Gander, Canada, in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, and how the town welcomed them with generosity, compassion and friendship.

The NYC Meal Pack for 9/11 Day is being led by the 9/11 Day nonprofit, with U.S. Hunger, and is being co-hosted by NYC Service; New York Cares; National September 11 Memorial & Museum; Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum; UJA Federation of New York; Catholic Charities of New York; Islamic Relief USA; and the Wounded Warrior Project.

30 Million Americans Expected to Participate in 9/11 Day; Free Teaching Tools for Teachers

Research conducted bi-annually by Los Angeles-based Horizon Consumer Science, on behalf of 9/11 Day, reveals that 28 million Americans annually observe the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance (“9/11 Day”) by volunteering, supporting charities, and performing other good deeds. As such, 9/11 Day is the nation’s largest annual day of charitable engagement.

Americans from all 50 states are expected to participate in 9/11 Day this year. In Washington, DC, for example, more than 5,000 volunteers will be on the National Mall over two days, September 10 and 11, packing over one million meals at a 9/11 project organized by AARP. In other cities and towns across the country, including Boston, Phoenix, Austin, Texas, Philadelphia, Miami, Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco and many other cities, Americans will pause to serve in remembrance of the events and victims of 9/11, with many helping to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

“The way people are joining together in response to Hurricane Harvey to help each other regardless of race, religion on other differences is yet another a reminder that, in the final analysis, we are all bonded by our common humanity,” said David Paine, president of 9/11 Day. “We hope that 9/11 Day will again provide inspiration to encourage all Americans to remember the importance of valuing and treating each other with respect and kindness every day of the year.”

A listing of volunteer opportunities, along with lesson plans, photos, videos, and other resources and toolkits for individuals, parents, teachers and organizations, are available free of charge at 911day.org. Teachers also can enter to win a free trip to visit the September 11 National Memorial & Museum in New York at 911day.org/NYCTrip.

Media and the public alike are encouraged to share the message of unity and service via social media.

Twitter: @911Day
Instagram: @911_Day
Facebook: facebook.com/911day
Hashtag: #911Day

About 9/11 Day
The "9/11 Day" observance, created in 2002 and organized each year by the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization MyGoodDeed (d.b.a. “9/11 Day”), has redefined how many Americans perceive and observe the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks. Recognized officially under bi-partisan federal law in 2009, 9/11 Day has grown to become the nation's largest annual day of charitable engagement. For more information, visit 911day.org, or email info@911day.org. People can also follow 9/11 Day on Facebook (www.facebook.com/911day), Twitter (@911day) and Instagram (@911_day)

Besides, Citi Foundation, American Express and the Corporation for National & Community Service, other major funders include: Holland & Knight, LLP; JP Morgan Chase; Clarion Partners; Catholic Charities of New York; UJA Federation of New York; Islamic Relief USA; Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum Foundation; Global Brands Group; iHeart Media; National Association of Broadcasters; New York Stock Exchange; Keefe, Bruyette & Woods; and EventGrid.

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2017

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9/11 Campaigning Moratorium Urged

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New York, August 25 – The organization 9/11 Day is calling upon the principal nominees for president, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson, and Jill Stein, to suspend all campaign activity on Sunday, September 11, 2016, in observance of the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. 9/11 Day is a non-profit that successfully led the effort to establish September 11 as a federally-recognized National Day of Service and Remembrance.

9/11 Day delivered letters of request to each campaign headquarters yesterday. The letters were signed by the co-founders of 9/11 Day, family members who lost loved ones on 9/11, and leaders of 9/11 support groups. Copies of these letters are also being sent to the Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee, asking each to request that all state and local candidates across the country suspend their political campaigns on 9/11/16 as well.

The “No Campaigning on 9/11 Pledge” is part of 9/11 Day’s mission to promote unity, empathy and service for the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

A growing list of individuals across the country are voicing their support for the letter of request through a Change.org petition launched by 9/11 Day board member Alice Hoagland. Ms. Hoagland, who lost her son Mark Bingham in the crash of hijacked Flight 93, made a personal appeal to the presidential candidates to cease campaigning on September 11. The petition already has nearly 25,000 signatures.

“9/11 helped us realize in an instant how insignificant our differences really are in comparison to our common goodness as human beings and our shared sense of compassion for those in need,” said Alice Hoagland. “It hardly mattered what political party we supported, or whether we came from a Red State or Blue State. At that moment, we were all human beings, and it is important that we find a way to keep that spirit of unity alive.”

Rather than engaging in regular campaign activity, 9/11 Day suggested that political candidates take the day to engage in personal expressions of service, and to speak to others in nonpartisan terms about the importance of remembrance on 9/11, and the value of all Americans helping those most in need.

"Americans everywhere wish to observe 9/11 in the same spirit of national unity, prayer and service that brought our country together in the immediate aftermath of the attacks," said David Paine, president and co-founder of 9/11 Day.

Added Jay Winuk, 9/11 Day co-founder, whose brother Glenn J. Winuk perished in the line of duty in the 9/11 attacks: “Presidential and other candidates have 364 other days of the year to voice their policiesand positions, and trade barbs. We respectfully ask that on this one day, each election cycle, they use their voices to spread the word about the importance of service to honor our first responders and those who were lost. They can set a strong example for our nation by engaging in service-oriented activities. The focus here should be on bringing people together, not apart, and cherishing our common humanity as a nation.”

Join the conversation with #911day and follow along on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter. All media requests should be directed to 9/11Day@sunshinesachs.com.

The nonprofit 9/11 Day, (also known as MyGoodDeed) was founded in 2002 to encourage Americans and others to observe the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks as a day of unity, service and remembrance, in honor of the 9/11 victims, volunteers and rescue and recovery workers. Last year, nearly 30 million Americans observed the day by volunteering, supporting charities and performing simple good deeds. For more information, visit www.911day.org.

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2017

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Letter to the Presidential Candidates

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david@paine.com

August 24, 2016

DELIVERED TO:

Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton Governor Gary Johnson Dr. Jill Stein Mr. Donald Trump

Dear Secretary Clinton, Governor Johnson, Dr. Stein and Mr. Trump:

Our nonprofit organization, MyGoodDeed, founded and annually organizes the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance (http://911day.org), established in 2009 under bipartisan federal law and by Presidential Proclamation. Since passage of this important legislation, 9/11 Day has grown to become the nation’s largest annual day of charitable engagement, with tens of millions of Americans engaging in charitable service and good deeds in observance of 9/11 each year.

In observance of the upcoming 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we are again respectfully requesting that all of the principal candidates running for President of the United States, as well as members of Congress running for office, dispense with normal campaign activity on that day, including ceasing to run campaign advertisements, to enable the 9/11 community and the nation to solemnly and peacefully pay tribute to the 9/11 victims, rescue and recovery workers, and those who rose to defend our nation after 9/11. Americans everywhere wish to observe 9/11 in the same spirit of national unity, prayer and service that brought our country together in the immediate aftermath of the attacks. Please see our national petition, already signed by nearly 25,000 people, supporting this request, at http://bit.ly/nocampaign911.

As you may know, we issued similar requests of the major candidates running for president in 2008 and 2012, and all voluntarily complied, as have many candidates running for other offices. Here’s a link to one of the stories about our request from 2012: http://nyti.ms/2bjVLer

Rather than running campaign ads, making traditional campaign statements, and sending out political messages over social media we ask that you and your staffs dedicate time on 9/11 to remembrance and prayer, and participating in charitable service events and activities in support of the federally recognized September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance.

We further request that you urge other members of your respective political parties to honor this one-day moratorium on political campaigning as well.

At your earliest convenience please have your staffs communicate your decision by emailing us at david.paine@911day.org and jay.winuk@911day.org. We hope to announce by September 6 that all of the principal presidential campaigns have jointly agreed to this important request.

Sincerely and with gratitude,


David Paine
President/Co-Founder
9/11 Day/MyGoodDeed

Jay S. Winuk
Executive Vice President/Co-Founder
9/11 Day/MyGoodDeed
Brother of Glenn J. Winuk

CO-SIGNERS:
Alice Hoagland
Director
9/11 Day/MyGoodDeed
Mother of Mark Bingham

Cindy McGinty
Director
9/11 Day/MyGoodDeed
Wife of Michael McGinty

Edie Lutnick
President
Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund
Sister of Gary Lutnick

Christie M. Coombs
Director and Secretary
Mass Military Heroes Fund
Wife of Jeff Coombs

Liz and Stephen Alderman
Co-Founders
Peter C. Alderman Foundation
Parents of Peter Alderman

MaryEllen Salamone, PT, JD
Chairman, National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement
Wife of John Salamone

Other signatures pending. Petition signatures found at http://bit.ly/nocampaign911

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2016

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9/11 Day Announces Tomorrow Together Coalition to Promote Unity

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david@paine.com

WASHINGTON, DC, April 22, 2016 -- In a new initiative called “Tomorrow Together,” announced today in preparation for the upcoming 15th anniversary of 9/11, the nonprofit, 9/11 Day and a coalition of more than 20 other notable nonprofit organizations will ask Americans and the nation’s political leadership to put aside their differences and pledge to work together on a bipartisan basis to help solve some of our country’s most pressing societal problems.

Plans for the 15th anniversary of 9/11 by 9/11 Day are being formally presented today at a public hearing of the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS) in Washington, DC.

“It is unfortunate how divided America has become since 9/11, a time when we were so strongly united as a nation,” said David Paine, president and co-founder of 9/11 Day. “Our goal with ‘Tomorrow Together’ is to rekindle and reinforce the important lessons of empathy, service and unity that arose from the 9/11 tragedy, and encourage all Americans and our leaders to work more closely together again as one nation to address the challenges facing our society.”

“As someone who lost a loved one on 9/11, I was truly inspired by the remarkable way our nation came together in the months following the attacks,” said Jay S. Winuk, co-founder and executive vice president of 9/11 Day. Winuk’s brother, Glenn J. Winuk, an attorney and volunteer firefighter and EMT, died in the line of duty as a rescuer on 9/11. “We owe more than division and discord to those who perished from the attacks and those who served in its aftermath. The anniversary of 9/11 should be a reminder to us all about our common humanity and the opportunity we have to help people and communities in need.”

15th Anniversary Plans Call for Interfaith Service Projects, Lesson Plans That Teach Empathy

The “Tomorrow Together” initiative will include large-scale service projects staged in many cities on September 11, 2016, intended to bring together a diverse community of people to help address hunger in America and other important societal issues. In Washington, DC, 9/11 Day plans to work with AARP Foundation and other organizations on September 11 to help pack more than one million meals for at-risk seniors, children, veterans and others. Similar large-scale events promoting the value of diversity are also planned for New York City and in communities around the nation in cooperation with area food banks.

“We are proud to work with AARP Foundation to support such a wonderful intergenerational event that will help address hunger in the metropolitan DC area,” Paine said. “AARP has a long history of recognizing and supporting the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, and we are honored to assist the Foundation and AARP Create the Good volunteers on such an important and solemn day as the 15th anniversary of 9/11.”

In addition to helping to support interfaith, multi-racial and other diversity service projects, 9/11 Day will also distribute to millions of teachers nationwide free educational service-learning materials that assist in teaching empathy, in collaboration with the Ashoka’s Start Empathy Initiative and the National Youth Leadership Council. At the college level, The George Washington University, a “Tomorrow Together” leader, will help organize other universities and colleges to participate in 9/11 Day as well. The American Express Corporation, CNCS, Holland & Knight LLP and Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund are among the underwriters helping to support “Tomorrow Together” activities.

9/11 Day is also expanding release of recently created television and radio public service messages (PSAs) featuring 14-year-old Hillary O’Neill from Norwalk, CT, one of more than 13,000 children born in the United States on the day of the tragedy, September 11, 2001. In the PSAs, Ms. O’Neill urges the nation to see the anniversary of 9/11 as a day to work together to do good deeds. Grey New York, an award-winning advertising and branding agency, developed the new PSAs for 9/11 Day on a pro bono basis. The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) began promoting availability of the new PSAs at its annual broadcaster show in Las Vegas this week, and is making the PSAs available to thousands of television and radio stations nationwide though NAB Spot Center, at https://psa.nab.org/view/#/campaign/9-11-day-of-service/tv-psas/.

9/11 Day, with the support of many within the 9/11 community, led the effort that officially established the anniversary of September 11 as an annually recognized National Day of Service and Remembrance under bi-partisan federal law in 2009 and charged CNCS as the federal partners in implementing this annual day of tribute. More than 30 million Americans now observe September 11 each year through charitable service and good deeds, transforming “9/11 Day” into the largest annual day of charitable engagement in America.

Among the many nonprofits and education organizations that are part of the new “Tomorrow Together” initiative are: Voices for National Service, AARP Foundation, Teach for America, America’s Promise, Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality & Equality, Mentor: The National Mentor Partnership, Alliance for Peacebuilding, Repair The World, Catholic Volunteer Network, Points of Light Institute, Service For Peace, Building Bridges Coalition, National Collaboration for Youth, United Way Worldwide, Ashoka’s Start Empathy Initiative, National Youth Leadership Council, City Year, Global Peace Foundation, Compassion Games International, The George Washington University, Youth Service America, Corporation for National and Community Service, Save the Children, After School Alliance, National Human Services Assembly and other prominent organizations.

For more information visit 911day.org, or contact: David Paine, david.paine@911day.org, or 949-233-0050.

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Media Contacts:

David Paine, david.paine@911day.org, 949-233-0050
Jay Winuk, jay.winuk@911day.org, 845-277-1160 (o), 914-523-3227 (m)

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2016

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Children Born on 9/11 Urge America to Remember 9/11 Through Charity and Good Deeds

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david@paine.com

New York, NY – Organizers of the “September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance” (9/11 Day) have enlisted a new group of energized ambassadors to encourage Americans to observe 9/11 through charitable service: children who were born on the day of the tragedy. A total of 13,238 children were born in the U.S. on September 11, 2001, according to the Division of Vital Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics.

“Nearly a quarter of all Americans today are under age 18, and most have no or very limited memories of the attacks and their immediate aftermath,” said David Paine, co-founder and president of MyGoodDeed, the nonprofit which created and annually organizes 9/11 Day each year. “If we truly want to keep our promise to ’never forget’ the victims and heroes of 9/11, we need to begin passing the torch to this new generation of Americans, inspiring young people to pay tribute through good deeds.” Paine co-founded 9/11 Day in 2002 with friend Jay Winuk, a 9/11 family member who lost his brother, attorney Glenn J. Winuk, a volunteer firefighter and EMT who died in the line of duty during the attacks.

“Born on 9/11” Children Appear in PSAs; Will Ring the NYSE Opening Bell on 9/11

This year 9/11 Day has launched “Born on 9/11,” an integrated, national multi-media campaign, created pro bono by Grey New York to promote the 9/11 Day observance for 2015. The campaign’s centerpiece is a new television public service announcement (PSA) featuring Hillary O’Neill, from Norwalk, CT, an optimistic, connected and can-do young lady born on September 11, 2001. Twenty-two other children born that day who helped inspire the campaign also appear in a web version of the video PSA, viewable on the 9/11 Day website, 911day.org. TV and radio PSAs are now airing around the country on the stations of several major networks. Digital PSAs are also appearing online.

Also for 9/11, the New York Stock Exchange has invited Hillary and seven other “Born on 9/11” children, along with 9/11 Day co-founders David Paine and Jay Winuk, to ring the NYSE Opening Bell. In addition to Hillary, children also scheduled to participate are: Peter Lopez from North Babylon, NY; Trevor Nayman from Monroeville, PA; Samantha Overstone from Methuen, MA; Anish Shrivastava from Robbinsville, NJ; Eamon Gara Grady from Manchester, CT; Jordan Silva from Windsor, CT; and Emily Berta from Rockaway, NJ. Grey New York's Chief Creative Officer Andreas Dahlqvist and Partner, Jason Kahner will also help ring the NYSE Opening Bell.

Teaching Children About 9/11

To help parents and teachers explain 9/11 to children in non-threatening ways and involve them in 9/11 Day, organizers have created nine different age-appropriate lesson plans along with videos, photos and teaching guides. These materials, created in collaboration with Scholastic, are available free of charge at the 9/11 Day website, 911day.org, and at http://scholastic.com/911day. As many as 40,000 classrooms nationwide are expected to use these materials this year, reaching more than one million students. The lesson plan program is funded in part through a grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that oversees federal support for the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance.

Additional resources to assist individuals and organizations are also available at 911day.org, including toolkits, posters, logos and t-shirts, along with access to a nationwide listing of 9/11 Day volunteer projects, provided by All For Good and Volunteer Match.

Passing the Torch

“We’ve learned that young people overwhelmingly embrace the idea of doing good deeds on 9/11,” says Winuk, co-founder and executive vice president of MyGoodDeed. “Understandably, this next generation may not fully grasp the cataclysmic effect 9/11 had on those of us who lived through it, but many clearly appreciate the importance of the day, want to understand it better, and are genuinely inspired to participate in how the nation now observes 9/11. Parents, teachers and members of the 9/11 community have a responsibility to articulate to young people why it is so important to learn about what happened and keep those lost in our hearts as a nation, and an opportunity to pay tribute by doing good deeds for others.”

Hillary O’Neill shows there is room for optimism. “I like looking for the best in things,” she says in the PSAs. “If we all do good deeds on 9/11, it’ll add up.” With a symbolic string tied around her index finger to mark the observance, she voices the call to action: “This 9/11 Day, do one good deed.” The spot ends with a slate that says, “Share your good deed this #911Day” and invites viewers to learn more at 911day.org.

“When we interviewed these children born on 9/11, we quickly discovered that none of them wished their birthdays were different,” said Andreas Dahlqvist, chief creative officer of Grey New York. “In fact, they feel strongly that they represent what’s good in the world. They are very hopeful about the future and are determined to give back to others.”

Grey New York recruited Bodega director Adam Reid to deliver his signature docu-style authenticity to the campaign. Shooting with limited gear and a skeleton crew, Reid casually filmed Hillary as she went through her day, bringing out her light spirit and mature perspective. Editing was provided by Academy Award-winning Rock Paper Scissors.

  Many national networks have committed to airing these PSAs, as are many of iHeart Media’s 850+ affiliated radio stations. The National Association of Broadcasters is making the PSAs available to thousands of television and radio stations through the NAB Spot Center at https://psa.nab.org/.

* * * About 9/11 Day

The 9/11 Day observance, created in 2002 and organized each year by the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization MyGoodDeed, has redefined how many Americans perceive and observe the anniversary. Recognized officially under bi-partisan federal law in 2009, “9/11 Day” is today the nation’s largest annual day of charitable engagement and is expected to again inspire more than 30 million Americans to do good deeds this year on the anniversary of 9/11. For more information, visit http://911day.org, or email info@911day.org.

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