Students Use Community Service to Honor the Lives Lost on September 11th

 Bag by bag, box by box, more than one hundred University of Illinois students devoted their Thursday evening to packing meals that will soon be donated to the hungry.

It's a collaboration of two student organizations using service to help people heal and remember the lives lost on the September 11th attacks of 2001.

"One of the greatest things we can do to remember people, to remember people whose lives were lost, is to continue to make the world a better place for all," said Max Colon, president of Illini Fight Hunger.

The event highlights the importance of service in the aftermath of tragedy, but underneath that, it's an opportunity for people from completely different backgrounds to unite for a common cause.

Interfaith in Action is one of the groups that put on the event, because it's members believe religious intolerance was the motivation behind the September 11th attacks.

"No matter people's backgrounds, or their philosophical religious beliefs, everyone believes in service and helping people," said Ellie Brick.

All of the food packaged will go to Eastern Illinois Foodbank.

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