PHOENIX- Every year, millions of people across the country give back to charity every September 11, making it the largest national charity day.
Phoenix Convention Center hosted hundreds of people who came together to make a day of suffering into a day full of service.
The Phoenix Meal Pack for 9/11 Day started ringing the bell to remember those who died 20 years ago.
“One, two, three… let’s pack,” said Monica Garnes, the president of Fry’s Food Stores, as she kicked off the event.
It was then all hands on deck for packing meals for the hungry.
Garnes states that this is the third time she has volunteered at this event.
“Our goal today is to pack 200,000 meals and 2.5 million meals in the United States. “And the meals that we pack today will serve the St. Mary’s Food Bank, and United Food Bank here here in Arizona,” she said.
Jiya Mutyala was also present, and she volunteered with her family.
She was born six-years after 9/11.
Mutyala stated, “It’s an extremely powerful exhibit, so that I try to channel it when I volunteer, and I think of the firefighters and first-line responders who was there,” Mutyala added.
Kelly Corsette, a Navy veteran, says that he still remembers 9/11 like it was yesterday.
“I remember after the event. There were many flags and when I got up this AM, I put up mine… I believe I was the only person in my locality with that flag. Corsette explained to ABC15 that she believes we’re starting to forget about it.
He believes that events such as these can help people remember the lives of those who have passed away.
“We must continue our work together and serve one another to keep the memories of the victims alive, and to keep our nation strong,” he said.
“I’m so happy to be able to help and be a part of this. So in the future I would like to do this every year,” Mutyala said.