The New Y0rk Says Thank You Foundation is proud to be the national custodian of The National 9/11 Flag.

Started in 2003 at the suggestion of a 5-year-old boy, The New York Says Thank You Foundation has grown into one of the Nation’s leading organizations to transform the 9/11 Anniversary into a positive, hands-on platform for national volunteer service.

Each year on the 9/11 Anniversary, The New York Says Thank You Foundation sends large groups of volunteers from New York City to help rebuild communities around the United States recovering from disaster. It’s the group’s way of saying “Thank You” for all the love and support Americans from across the country extended to New Yorkers in the days, weeks, and months following September 11.

The Foundation’s core volunteer group consists of FDNY firefighters, many of them survivors of the World Trade Center, as well as Ground Zero construction workers, 9/11 family members, NYC schoolchildren and scores of New Yorkers impacted by the tragedy of 9/11 and the Humanity we experienced as a Nation on 9/12.

At each 9/11 Anniversary rebuilding effort, the group is joined by hundreds of local volunteers as well as by a growing group of disaster survivor volunteers from all the communities assisted by New York Says Thank You on previous anniversaries of 9/11 who continue to volunteer each year as their way to “Pay It Forward.”

Recognized in 2009 by President Obama, New York Says Thank You Foundation’s volunteer rebuilding efforts have been featured on over 500 television news programs nationwide including ABC World News Tonight “Persons of the Week”, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, CNN, and Fox. The organization’s projects have also been featured in The New York Times and local newspapers across the United States. To date, 7,000 people nationwide have participated in The New York Says Thank You Foundation’s 9/11 Anniversary community rebuilding projects.

The secret to New York Says Thank You’s growing national “pay it forward” movement is very simple: What we do is not about 9/11. What we do is about 9/12.

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