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Best Buddies Spotlight
By Ginney Robertson
During the last few weeks, we have all been touched in some way by the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C. What has touched me the most is the outpouring of generosity across our nation. So, this month our spotlight is on the members of the Best Buddies community who have done their part to help.
In California, several Best Buddies high school chapters are planning bake sales to raise money for the American Red Cross, the New York Firefighters, and the September 11th Fund. The middle school chapters are writing thank you letters and Get Well cards to send to the area hospitals that are treating the victims. Still others have organized moments of silence in their schools.
People have been lining up to donate blood since the attacks occurred. Audrey Katz, a High School Program Manager for Best Buddies Florida, was one of those to brave the needle, along with Kelley Offenbacher, the College Buddy Director at Georgia Southern University. Many could not donate blood, so cash donations were made to help in anyway possible.
Our Business Buddies program held two events on Wednesday, September 19th to raise money for the Red Cross. In Maryland, more than 50 people attended the event at Max's on Broadway St. About 75 people attended the event at the Loews Hotel at South Beach in Florida. Together the two events raised nearly $400.
Finally, Allison Rivera, Colleges Program Manager for Best Buddies Connecticut helped out in a big way. Allison is a volunteer and part of the Connecticut Red Cross Disaster Action Team. She was on call after the attacks, and spent several evenings logging calls from family members and friends about missing loved ones.
These are just a few examples of the many things memers of the Best Buddies community have done since September 11th. To all of our extended Best Buddies family, we hope that you and your loved ones are all safe. To our Best Buddies Heroes, we tip our hats in thanks. For those who have lost a relative or friend, we offer our deepest sympathy and condolences. As Americans, we are now more united through our pain, anger, and strength. Let's use this time of unity to spread the Best Buddies message of friendship and inclusion!
Ginney Robertson writes the Best Buddies Spotlight article each month for the e-Beat. If you have any questions or ideas for future articles, please contact her at GinneyR@bestbuddies.org.