New York Firefighters Repay 9/11 Generosity by Helping California Wildfire Survivors Rebuild

10 FDNY firefighters flying to San Diego to clean up burned out home sites

of La Mesa firefighter and volunteer carpenter from '03 Cedar Fire

JetBlue Airways, Lions Clubs, La Mesa Fire Dept. & SD Carpenters Local 547

offer support



Nov 01, 2007, 01:00 ET from The New York Says Thank You Foundation

    NEW YORK and SAN DIEGO, Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- A volunteer organization
 born out of the ashes of September 11 will be sending a group of FDNY
 firefighters and 9/11 survivors to San Diego County this weekend to help
 some very special people start the process of rebuilding their homes
 following last week's devastating firestorm. The New York Says Thank You
 Foundation sends NYC firefighters along with other volunteers from the Big
 Apple to help rebuild communities around the U.S. affected by disaster as a
 way of saying "Thank You" for all the love and support Americans gave to
 New Yorkers in the days following September 11. The group will spend the
 weekend in San Diego County helping to clean up the Dulzura home of Earl
 Carter, a carpenter who volunteered to help rebuild 20 homes after the 2003
 Cedar Fire, and Dan Lachenbruch, the La Mesa firefighter whose Rancho
 Bernardo home burned to the ground while he was working to save other
 people's homes from the Harris Fire. The weekend's clean-up and recovery
 efforts are being made possible through the generous support of JetBlue
 Airways, the Lions Clubs, and the La Mesa Fire Department.
     "So many people from California and San Diego County went out of their
 way to help New Yorkers following 9/11. This is our simple way to 'Pay It
 Forward' while helping these wonderful families start the long process of
 rebuilding," stated Jeff Parness, founder of The New York Says Thank You
 Foundation.
     WHEN + WHERE: The New York group will fly from JFK to Long Beach, CA
 courtesy of JetBlue Airways on Friday Nov. 2 and stay in Harbison Canyon
 Friday evening. Saturday they will be onsite at Earl Carter's home at 19070
 HWY 94 (Campo Road) in Dulzura at 8AM to clean up. Sunday they will be
 onsite at Dan Lachenbruch's home at 17787 Creciente Way in Rancho Bernardo
 at 8AM to work alongside La Mesa firefighters in the clean up effort.
     ABOUT: Started by the suggestion of a 5-year-old New York boy who
 wanted to help children following the Cedar Fire, The New York Says Thank
 You Foundation has helped rebuild communities following the 2003 San Diego
 wildfires, the 2004 Utica, IL, 2005 Evansville, IN and 2006 Groesbeck, TX
 tornadoes. The group also helped rebuild a number of homes following
 Hurricane Katrina including the home of a 6-year-old boy in Slidell, LA
 battling Leukemia. For more information, please visit
 www.NewYorkSaysThankYou.org.
     THE NEW YORK SAYS THANK YOU FOUNDATION
     The mission of The New York Says Thank You Foundation is to commemorate
 the kindness extended to New Yorkers by Americans from all across the
 country in the days, weeks, and months following 9/11, by sending
 volunteers from New York City each year on the 9/11 Anniversary to help
 rebuild communities around the United States affected by natural or
 man-made disasters. The New York Says Thank You Foundation is registered as
 a charitable tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the
 Internal Revenue Code and is incorporated under section 402 of the New York
 State Not-For-Profit Corporation Law. For more information, please see
 www.NewYorkSaysThankYou.org
 
 

SOURCE The New York Says Thank You Foundation
    NEW YORK and SAN DIEGO, Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- A volunteer organization
 born out of the ashes of September 11 will be sending a group of FDNY
 firefighters and 9/11 survivors to San Diego County this weekend to help
 some very special people start the process of rebuilding their homes
 following last week's devastating firestorm. The New York Says Thank You
 Foundation sends NYC firefighters along with other volunteers from the Big
 Apple to help rebuild communities around the U.S. affected by disaster as a
 way of saying "Thank You" for all the love and support Americans gave to
 New Yorkers in the days following September 11. The group will spend the
 weekend in San Diego County helping to clean up the Dulzura home of Earl
 Carter, a carpenter who volunteered to help rebuild 20 homes after the 2003
 Cedar Fire, and Dan Lachenbruch, the La Mesa firefighter whose Rancho
 Bernardo home burned to the ground while he was working to save other
 people's homes from the Harris Fire. The weekend's clean-up and recovery
 efforts are being made possible through the generous support of JetBlue
 Airways, the Lions Clubs, and the La Mesa Fire Department.
     "So many people from California and San Diego County went out of their
 way to help New Yorkers following 9/11. This is our simple way to 'Pay It
 Forward' while helping these wonderful families start the long process of
 rebuilding," stated Jeff Parness, founder of The New York Says Thank You
 Foundation.
     WHEN + WHERE: The New York group will fly from JFK to Long Beach, CA
 courtesy of JetBlue Airways on Friday Nov. 2 and stay in Harbison Canyon
 Friday evening. Saturday they will be onsite at Earl Carter's home at 19070
 HWY 94 (Campo Road) in Dulzura at 8AM to clean up. Sunday they will be
 onsite at Dan Lachenbruch's home at 17787 Creciente Way in Rancho Bernardo
 at 8AM to work alongside La Mesa firefighters in the clean up effort.
     ABOUT: Started by the suggestion of a 5-year-old New York boy who
 wanted to help children following the Cedar Fire, The New York Says Thank
 You Foundation has helped rebuild communities following the 2003 San Diego
 wildfires, the 2004 Utica, IL, 2005 Evansville, IN and 2006 Groesbeck, TX
 tornadoes. The group also helped rebuild a number of homes following
 Hurricane Katrina including the home of a 6-year-old boy in Slidell, LA
 battling Leukemia. For more information, please visit
 www.NewYorkSaysThankYou.org.
     THE NEW YORK SAYS THANK YOU FOUNDATION
     The mission of The New York Says Thank You Foundation is to commemorate
 the kindness extended to New Yorkers by Americans from all across the
 country in the days, weeks, and months following 9/11, by sending
 volunteers from New York City each year on the 9/11 Anniversary to help
 rebuild communities around the United States affected by natural or
 man-made disasters. The New York Says Thank You Foundation is registered as
 a charitable tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the
 Internal Revenue Code and is incorporated under section 402 of the New York
 State Not-For-Profit Corporation Law. For more information, please see
 www.NewYorkSaysThankYou.org
 
 SOURCE The New York Says Thank You Foundation