International Paper Honors 20th Anniversary of 9/11

Sep 10, 2021 5:20 PM ET

In observance of the 20th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, and the federally recognized September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, which is also known as “9/11 Day” in the U.S., International Paper is helping #ShineALight by sponsoring a meal-packing program on Saturday to help people in need in the communities where we live and work.

More 7,500 volunteers will convene across 10 cities to pack approximately 2.5 million healthy, non-perishable meals for distribution by local Feeding America-affiliated food banks to individuals and families who are food insecure. These extraordinary projects bring together people from major employers, schools, faith groups, nonprofits, elected officials, and the general public in a highly visible display of unity, hope, and service at a time when our country is in sore need of these things. 

This act of service is part of a nationwide event hosted by the 9/11 Day organization to honor the Americans lost on Sept. 11 as well as the many rescue and recovery personnel and members of our military who bravely rose in service in response to Sept. 11 through good deeds that promote unity and understanding.

#ShineALight for 9/11 Day is a powerful way for you, your colleagues and others in your community to participate virtually through good deeds you can perform on your own, with your families and with your friends. This 9/11 Day, honor the fallen by taking a moment to:

  • Donate clothing you’ve outgrown or no longer wear.
  • Donate to the 9/11 Day Fund or a charity of your choice.
  • Drop off canned food items to your local food bank or pantry.
  • Schedule time to volunteer safely in your community.
  • Pick up trash in a public area in your community.

Simple acts of kindness in the communities where we live and work are wonderful ways to honor the American citizens whose lives changed forever during and following the Sept. 11 attacks. Take a moment to #ShineALight for 9/11 Day to remember and honor their lives this weekend by encouraging hope and resilience in your community through their memory. Learn more or make a donation by vising