Submitted by Stars of HOPEÂ®
On Sunday, April 28, Stars of HOPE® will be painted at the 7 Annual 9/11 Memorial & Museum 5K Run/Walk and Community Day. Stars painted at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum 5K Run/Walk and Community Day will be hung on the construction fence surrounding the 9/11 Memorial Glade and will later be given to health advocates and providers, family members, first responders, and lower Manhattan residents at the dedication of the Glade on May 30, 2019.
“We are grateful to welcome Stars of Hope at our annual 5K Run/Walk Community Day,” said Alison Blais, Chief Strategy Officer at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. “They bring uplifting messages of hope and healing to the community we will honor with the 9/11 Memorial Glade.”
The 9/11 Memorial Glade is a pathway flanked by stone monoliths incorporated into the 9/11 Memorial plaza dedicated to honoring the ongoing sacrifice of rescue, recovery and relief workers, and the survivors and members of the broader lower Manhattan community, who are sick or have died from exposure to toxins at the World Trade Center site in the aftermath of 9/11; it will also recognize the courage, selflessness and perseverance of the men and women of the rescue and recovery effort.
Stars of HOPE is a therapeutic arts program that was created after 9/11 by the New York Says Thank You Foundation. Participants paint 12” x 12” wooden stars with messages of hope that they then send on to disaster sites in need of those messages.
Stars of HOPE and the New York Says Thank You Foundation has participated Community Day since its inception. Stars of HOPE created at the community event have gone to the Nepal community post-earthquake, to Israeli and Palestinian teenagers who lost family members due to the conflict, and to many communities across the United States in response to natural and human-caused tragedies. Over 1,500 Stars of HOPE painted at Community Day have been shared around the world.
If you would like to paint Stars of HOPE that will be given to 9/11- health advocates and providers, family members, first responders and lower Manhattan residents at the dedication of the 9/11 Memorial Glade, please visit our HOPE ALERT for the Memorial Glade. https://starsofhopeusa.org/memorialglade/
About Stars of HOPE Program:
Stars of HOPE® USA is the world’s largest and fastest growing healing arts program. We are a unique disaster response and community arts program empowering people to transform communities impacted by natural and human-caused disasters by creating and displaying colorful art and messages of hope and healing. In 2007, Stars of HOPE® started with two families – Today, with the help of over 90,000 volunteers, Stars of HOPE have transformed over 220 communities in 26 countries impacted by disaster and tragedy with messages of hope, healing and resilience. Thank you to our National Community Sponsor KMPG, LLP. Stars of HOPE® is a registered trademark of New York Says Thank You Foundation. For more information and photos, please visit Stars of HOPE USA or Facebook.com/starsofhopeusa
About 9/11 Memorial Museum:
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is the nonprofit organization that oversees operations for the 9/11 Memorial and 9/11 Memorial Museum. Located on eight of the 16 acres of the World Trade Center site, the Memorial and Museum remember and honor the 2,983 people who were killed in the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993. The Memorial plaza design consists of two reflecting pools formed in the footprints of the original Twin Towers surrounded by swamp white oak trees. The Museum displays more than 900 personal and monumental objects while its collection includes more than 60,000 items that present intimate stories of loss, compassion, reckoning and recovery linked to the events of 9/11 and the aftermath. The Museum also explores the global impact of 9/11 and its continuing significance through education programs, public programs, live talks and film features that cover contemporary topics designed for diverse audiences.
The Stars of HOPE program utilizes the latest scientific findings in positive psychology and heroism science to bring healing, growth, and resiliency to a world thirsty for loving kindness. The guiding principle behind Stars of HOPE is producing heroic transformation in people through their participation in compassion based community healing. There is no organization more effective in converting despair into love, loss into recovery, and tragedy into triumph. Through connective volunteerism and social transformation, the Stars of HOPE showcases the power of love and service in cultivating the best of humanity. -Professor Scott T. Allison Professor of Psychology at the University of Richmond
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