Each year on 9/11, the Endicott College community comes together to provide 12 continuous hours of service throughout the North Shore as a way to memorialize the tragedy of the September 11th terrorist attacks.
The random acts of kindness began at 8:46 a.m. – which is when the North Tower of the World Trade Center was hit - and ended at 8:46 p.m. on the Beverly-Salem Bridge, where students hold a candlelight vigil to honor those lost in the attacks.
As 9/11 occurred on a Monday this year, the community saw an opportunity to span the service activities over the entire weekend. The first project began at 4 p.m. on Friday, when at least two representatives from each Endicott College sports team helped place 2,996 flags to honor the lives lost on September 11, 2001. Each flag had the name of a person who lost their life attached to it, and together they formed “We Remember.”
The 18 projects, which took place across Beverly, Salem, Peabody, Danvers, and Gloucester, were completed by 239 volunteers from Friday at 4 p.m. through Monday at 8:46 p.m.
The projects included:
- NorthEast Arc (Fall Family Festival)
- St. Peter’s Church (dinner serving)
- Fire Department and Police Department (wash vehicles)
- Beverly Children’s Learning Center (read and donate books)
- Backyard Growers (gardening project)
- BCOA (deliver flowers)
- Family Promise (paint and apartment preparation work for a homeless family)
- Beverly Bootstraps (sort and prepare clothing for thrift shop)
- Haven from Hunger (organize pantry/prepare dining hall/dinner serving)
- LEAP for Education (teen ice cream recruitment walk)
- First responders/Nursing homes (dessert drop-offs)
- Signs of Hope on Beverly Salem Bridge
- Operation Troop Support (cards for the troops)
- Beverly Public School System (reading of The Giving Tree at Beverly Public Library)
- Beverly Elementary Schools (reading of The Giving Tree)
- Free hugs (around campus)
- Notes/letters of encouragement and positivity (flyers around campus)
The Endicott College Community Service Office put on the event in partnership with the Endicott Lighthouse Leadership Society. This was the seventh anniversary of the “12 Hours of Light” initiative, and Endicott has hosted a Day of Caring for over 10 years.