've set these words to post at 8:36 am (Eastern Time) in conjunction with a request from our President to observe a moment of silence.
From a statement by President Obama ...
In April, I was proud to sign the bipartisan Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which recognizes September 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. Originated by the family members of those who lost loved ones on 9/11, the National Day of Service and Remembrance is an opportunity to salute the heroes of 9/11, recapture the spirit of unity and compassion that inspired our Nation following the attacks, and rededicate ourselves to sustained service to our communities.
I call upon all departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the United States to display the flag of the United States at half-staff on Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance in honor of the individuals who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks against the United States that occurred on September 11, 2001.
In honor of Patriot Day I want you to meet Hannah.
Hannah emailed me way back in May and I've been waiting for the perfect time to share her efforts to support and sustain our troops.
Here is a portion of Hannah's email: I thought you would be interested in knowing what your little free class inspired. You gave a class online to make a little "All About Me" accordion album in an Altoids tin. While I was doing it, I thought that it would be a nice kind of album to send to the soldiers that I send cards to in Iraq. I redesigned the interior of the album, putting pictures of Americana on alternate panels and a place to attach pictures of their loved ones on the other panels, using one of the panels to write an encouraging note.
The problem was to get enough tins. To acquire tins, I ate as many Altoids as I could – and yes, they are “Curiously Strong!” I begged empty tins from friends and that first Christmas I managed to make 10 albums to send to the troops. I e-mailed Altoids, now Wrigley Co, to ask if they would donate some empty tins for my project. They sent me 6 empty tins and said that it was an unusual request and not to ask again.
Later, as I was leaving the grocery store, right by our car on the ground I saw an empty tin that looked like the Altoid tin, only it said Cacao Reserve Truffles, by Hershey! It was like a gift from God! Tins that held, not mouth destroying mints but chocolate truffles! I immediately started looking in the stores for the tins of truffles and bought some and urged my family to help me eat the chocolate. It was their “patriotic duty!” I said. They happily complied.
I wondered if Hershey would send me some empty tins as Wrigley had done, so I sent a similar e-mail to Hershey explaining my project and asking for any surplus empty tins. I received an e-mail back saying that they would be happy to send me a couple cases of filled tins – both in light and dark chocolate! One hundred and forty four tins, filled with mouth watering chocolate! I couldn’t believe it! When I wrote back to thank them, they replied with a little note saying that it was the least that they could do!
I sent about 115 albums to the soldiers at Christmas time that they received on Christmas Eve. Unfortunately, Hershey stopped making the chocolates in tins so I am going to have to find my tins somewhere else so I can continue the project for this Christmas, but the whole idea was all due to your little online class. Thank you, Stacy.
Pretty COOL story, huh? No wonder I love BPS and the community that has grown up around it.
- To take the free class that Hannah speaks of, click HERE.
- To contact Hershey and tell them they ROCK, click HERE.
- To purchase hinged tins online, click HERE.
Thank YOU Hannah!
p.s. If you have any ideas for something service-oriented to do with kids after school, let me know!