Tampa, Florida - Dozens of volunteers helped out Wednesday at Metropolitan Ministries for the September 11 National Day of Service.
To mark such a bad day, people now do good. "It turns a negative into a positive; it really does and each and every person who participates feels that," says Pat Meehan, a partner at Holland & Knight.
Employees of the Holland & Knight law firm participated in the service day to honor the memory of lawyer Glenn Winuk. Winuk worked in the firm's New York City office, just a block away from Ground Zero. But Winuk was also a longtime volunteer firefighter and EMT, so he ran to help and lost his life.
"Just volunteering overall is meaningful, it's very rewarding," says Marlene King as she helps out in the homeless shelter's cafeteria.
Metropolitan Ministries serves homeless families and the extra hands really do make a difference. "Working in the kitchen, working with administrative offices, they are so well prepared and they're so excited to be here," says Gwen Harmon of the volunteers. "So it means a lot to Metro Ministries to have them here."
Frank Desmond, a New Jersey Native who volunteered in the food pantry on Wednesday said that on September 11 he was glued to the TV set and still feels the pain. But like so many others on this day, Desmond has found that volunteering has the power to heal. "Because you're doing something positive."