By Heather Bell
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Montgomery County and Radford recently brought baskets of cheer to 23 emergency service agencies to recognize Sept. 11, 2001, and thank the agencies for their service.
The RSVP Advisory Council recently voted to send baskets filled with baked goods and prepackaged snacks to 23 emergency service agencies in Montgomery County and the City of Radford, and 21 volunteers and community members donated the items. To ensure the baskets were delivered before Patriot Day, seven community members and RSVP volunteers completed delivery of baskets and trays of baked goods on Sept. 9, 2022.
“The RSVP program staff and volunteers would like to thank Montgomery County Board of Supervisors Chair Sherri Blevins for her assistance with packing, delivering, and the ongoing support of RSVP volunteers,” said Mandy W. Hayes, RSVP Coordinator. “Also, a special thanks is in order for Sharon Brown, Carol Trutt, Taska Bailey, Brenda Arnold, Rosemary Jones, and Shirley Mullins for their assistance with delivery.”
The project was in conjunction with the 9/11 National Day of Service effort. According to 911day.org, the effort’s website, the mission of the day of service is “to take back the day, transform the anniversary of 9/11 into a national day of doing good, and in the process rekindle the spirit of unity that arose in America in the immediate aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. We annually encourage tens of millions of Americans to volunteer, support charities, and perform other good deeds and acts of kindness that help others in the spirit of remembrance, unity, and service.”