September 11, 2001 was Sixteen years ago. Let that sink in.
On this day, 16 years ago, a series of terror attacks on the United States sent shock waves around the globe. A retelling of events is likely not necessary; for many of us, this day marks one of the most memorable tragedies of our lifetime, prelude to a long and terrible war. There are some actions which seem impossible to comprehend, and unfortunately we cannot reverse time in order to prevent such senseless violence. It's tempting to turn towards anger in vengeful remembrance, pointing fingers, fighting fire with fire. Instead, I think that it's best for us to not only remember those who were killed, but to celebrate heroism, acknowledging the sacrifice of those who would rise in times of need.
September 11th, 2001 was a devastating day, not only for civilians, but for law enforcement and firefighters, of whom more than 400 lives were lost. The damage would certainly have been worse without their presence. You need not look far to find stories of courageous men and women risking their own well-being so that others could live to see another day. Words cannot do justice to the selflessness displayed in defense against terror, though actions come close: tragedy presents us with an opportunity to come together as one, reaching out to friends, family, neighbors, strangers, and becoming something much more than the sum of our parts. It would be a disservice to those who risked their lives for public safety on 9/11, and throughout history, for us to not embrace our empathy, being a force of good in our communities and abroad, seizing every opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Today, we can see the reaction to major hurricanes by first responders, volunteers, and ordinary folks in Texas and Florida as they lift each other up in the midst of calamity. We can offer our thoughts, prayers, and donations as help, but nothing compares to the bravery displayed by those on the ground, fighting for the health of people and places that they love.
Just as standing up in the face of disaster requires great strength, so too does recovery in the aftermath. Post-traumatic stress is a very real phenomenon that we are only recently coming to terms with. There are no one-size-fits-all solutions to those experiencing anxiety after a life-altering event, but there are certainly ways to help heal those in difficult situations. Many rescuers have families of their own to care for, and things can be challenging for loved ones of those in the line of duty as well.
At Baby Jack and Company, we do our best to make things better for families, providing a valuable source of comfort and education for kids. Children can be helpless in times of crisis, often experiencing separation anxiety and stressful environments even during relative times of peace. Whether it's a blanket or a hug, anything that brings kids a smile makes our world a better place. Help us raise awareness, teach our youth about the acts of heroism within our communities and honor those families that are separated from their selfless parents by working with Baby Jack to #spreadthelovey.
Creating comfort and raising awareness for causes near and dear to our #babyjackfan family is the core of our brand and being a business that continues to give back to our communities. Join us as we honor those that risk their lives every single day in war and within our communities.