(10/12/2001) In this unprecedented time of tragedy, several heroes have emerged and captured the attention of the world. Foremost among these are the firefighters and emergency workers who lost comrades and have worked day and night in a disaster area to help restore their city and their nation to some type of normalcy. Many have wondered what we can do from afar to help make these brave people's jobs easier.
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On the news, they are saying that the firemen are getting discouraged because they have not found anyone in over a week. They leave out the part about the horrific conditions and sights they see, But through it all, they go on and on and on.
So here is my idea. Let's start a Card Writing Campaign. Go out to your local Hallmark or where ever it is you by your greeting cards. Buy a card that reflects what your feelings are about their heroic efforts and send it to them at:
NYC Fire Department
1 Chase Manhattan Plaza
New York, NY 10005
Just think how powerful this message can be. If all of you send this e-mail to everyone you know, and they send it to everyone they know and if all of the people who get this note send a card, we can be the start of a miracle. Kind of like when the Post Office delivers all the mail addressed to Santa to Kris Kringle in Miracle on 34th Street.
Lets start our own miracle. Lets show these brave men how we feel about them. They need our love, support and encouragement.
Forward this e-mail, send those cards!!!!!!
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Many I've discussed this chain with have wondered if the sudden influx of cards and letters would overwhelm the department and cause more problems than help.
The FDNY web site has a statement of thanks to those who have send cards and letters so far:
"It is not possible for us to respond to each and every one of you who shared your gifts of love and kindness with us in our time of need and sorrow. So please accept this posting as our way of saying 'THANK YOU' for being there for us."
With the nation on high alert for mailed anthrax attacks (and anthrax hoaxes), I would think that the last thing anybody wants right now is an influx of mail, no matter how well-intended.
The cards and thoughts surely help, but there are many who need help only money can buy. The FDNY requests that you send monetary contributions to the following two organizations. Every little bit helps, even if you can only spare a couple of bucks, that's a couple of bucks more than they had.
UFA Widows and Children Fund
204 E. 23 Street
New York, NY 10010
New York Firefighters 9-11 Disaster Relief Fund
1750 New York Avenue N.W.
Washington D.C. 20006
I really hate to discourage this movement. Cards and well-wishes provide a much-needed lift, but this tragedy has left many deep scars that all the nice words in the world won't heal. Money won't likely heal them, either, but it will help them rebuild their lives. Do what you will with this one, but for me, I'll Break this Chain.