In Boston, the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund is organizing a care package drive for active duty military service members and homeless veterans. In Seattle, the nonprofit group Habitat for Humanity is organizing special interfaith building ceremony.
It's impossible to say just how many people will participate, but thousands have pledged to perform a good deed on Sept. 11 on the website 911day.org.
"We get about 50,000 posts each year from people saying what good deeds they're going to do for 9/11," said David Paine, who helped found the day of service in 2002 with his friend Jay Winuk, whose brother was killed at the World Trade Center. "This week alone, we had 19,000 posted on our website."
People have promised to give blood, donate books, pass out blankets at homeless shelters and volunteer at soup kitchens, among other things. One man is flying from Los Angeles to New York handing out Starbucks gift cards to the flight crew, Paine said.
"It's very inspiring, to be honest with you," Paine said. "Our goal all along was just that something good would come from the day."
Utah: In remembrance
Wednesday events honoring those killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and in fighting terrorism include:
A 9-11 memorial dedication at a 6:30 a.m. ceremony at Utah State University Botanical Center, 920 S. 50 West, Kaysville.
A ceremony featuring speakers affected by the events, as well as military, police and firefighter representatives, at 7 p.m. in front of Sandy City Hall, 10000 Centennial Parkway. A Healing Field of flags will be on display next to City Hall until 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12.