It’s hard to believe that it’s been 9 years since the 9/11 tragedy. I remember where I was; just under a mile from the Pentagon. I remember seeing the crash on TV at my eye doctor’s office and then walking over to my office in Rosslyn, VA and hearing the crash at the Pentagon. 2,996 lives were lost that morning. To give you an idea of how many people that is. If we were to honor one person each day, it would have taken until Nov. 26, 2009 – more than eight years – to honor all those who lost their lives.
Remember Tommy from Day 155? Well, I delivered some items from Meghan in Pennsylvania and took some video. Check it out here. By the way, he needs some items for winter, check out the Lend a Hand section.
Before I introduce you to today’s recipient, I must apologize for a mix up on my side. Yesterday I posted Day 256 with pictures of today’s recipient, Lisa, but with the story and notes that pertain to Jessica who was the recipient on Day 257. Sorry…I think I got it all cleaned up now. With 365 posts this year I was bound to mess this up at some point!
Embarrassingly Lisa saw the mix up and wrote to me to point it out. Thankfully she was understanding and assured her that I would get it taken care of today. Thanks Lisa, I’m sorry about that.
Anyway, I met Lisa at a going away party for Sarah, the person who I replaced at the WWF. The 26-year-old owns her own graphic design business here in Washington, DC. After growing up here in the DC area, she went to Pittsburgh to study at Carnegie Mellon University. Today most of her family is split between Boston and Buffalo.
Owning your own business seems to have its advantages for this world traveler. “I try to set aside a month or two each year for travel,” she says. “My next trip is going to be the western part of South America or India. She told me about another trip where she went hang gliding over Rio de Janeiro. When I lived in Brazil I went to Rio regularly for business and often stayed at the Intercontinental Hotel. From the hotel you can see the hang gliders taking off from Sao Conrado and riding the thermals high above. Who knows, maybe Lisa was one of those hang gliders that I have seen!
We talked a little bit about why people give. “I’m pretty busy and so I often give money instead of my time.” Lisa went on to say that she does give of her time to her family and close friends. “I’m pretty artistic, so sometimes I will do a painting for friends. I’ve also done a friend’s wedding invitations.” Speaking of giving, the $10 in her hand ended up being used to buy her good friend Sarah some beers.
I asked Lisa if there was anything that someone else could give to her that would be helpful. “I’d really like it if someone could donate five or six hours at a printing shop. That would be amazing!”
If anyone is in need of a graphic designer, let me know and I can connect you with Lisa!