|Ground Zero Badge|
My box also has some magazines from the time, a few patriotic buttons, a handful of printed photos from our first fundraising drive at the Ballpark in Arlington the day after the attacks and a heartfelt letter that Hugo Esparza from the Fort Worth Fire Department sent me when I returned.
Even though there's not much in my memory box, I still keep it because it reminds me that while it's so important for all of us to keep moving ahead, it's also okay to take the time to reflect back and remember.
|Red Cross response vehicle near Ground Zero that morning|
Today, the Leo Potishman Foundation in Fort Worth will be donating a brand new Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) for the Red Cross in North Texas. We'll dedicate the ERV in remembrance of 9/11 and our relief workers who endured the response. We have no doubt that this vehicle will be used to help families in the near future.
Thirteen years ago, a vehicle that looks exactly like the one we're receiving today was crushed underneath the debris at Ground Zero. That's because the Red Cross was at the scene within minutes of the first plane hitting the first tower. For the following weeks, months and years, the Red Cross continued to help. Here's a brief re-cap of our services following 9/11:
- Helped 3,300 families who lost a loved one or had someone seriously injured.
- Provided assistance for 54,700 families who lost a home near Ground Zero, or lost a job and income
- Distributed 14 million meals and snacks to families and emergency workers
- Supported 237,000 Americans with mental health services
- Helped 113,000 people affected with health services