Gila Valley community honors 9/11 victims and heroes by uniting in service

Jon Johnson File Photo/Gila Herald: Photo of Safford’s “Field of Honor” for the military shown for illustrative purposes.

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GRAHAM COUNTY – On Saturday, Sept. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon, dozens of volunteers will gather at 921 W Thatcher Blvd. in Safford at the Graham County General Services Building to assemble personal care kits as part of the 9/11 National Day of Service.

The 9/11 Day of Service honors the victims and heroes of that day by transforming the anniversary of the terrorist attacks into a day of unity and service. It is the largest official day of service in the United States.

Individuals and families in the Gila Valley are invited to join in this day of service by volunteering their time, donating food or personal care items, or doing a good deed or act of service on their own.

The personal care kits assembled by volunteers will be given to local first responders and other organizations to give to those in need. All food donations will be given to local food pantries and should be non-perishable.  Additional details about volunteering, specific items to donate, and other service opportunities in the community can be found on

The Gila Valley is just one of many communities across Arizona and throughout the country participating in the 9/11 Day of Service. is a free community service provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to connect volunteers with service opportunities in their community and is a national 9/11 Day partner.