Meredith Moment: September 11, 2001

As the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks approaches, we look back at a moment in Meredith College history. The Meredith community came together in a variety of ways in September 2001. The story below was adapted from Meredith Magazine’s Winter 2002 issue.

Meredith Unites in Response to September 11 Tragedy

Meredith students raised more than $14,000 for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund through a fundraising effort called "On Wings of Hope."

The $14,000 total does not reflect matching funds that have been pledged by Wal-Mart and CP&L.

Meghan Griffith, ’04, and Christy Sanderson, ’01, started this fundraising effort on Thursday, September 13, 2001, as a way to help the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Many students and faculty/staff donated their time and money in support of the effort.

“On Wings of Hope” also sponsored the creation of a commemorative quilt that was donated to Marymount Manhattan College

Meredith volunteers made the quilt as a gift for Marymount Manhattan College, the College’s sister institution in New York. Many Marymount students and employees lost friends and family in the terrorist attacks.

Meredith students and faculty presented the quilt at a special reception during a recent educational trip to New York. Marymount students, faculty and staff appreciated the quilt, said Rebecca Oatsvall, business professor.

"They loved it. They were thrilled," she said. "Some of their students spoke impromptu. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house."

Meredith student Lindsey Wray, ’04, coordinated the quilt project and Mitzi Cook, from the clothing and fashion merchandising program at Meredith, served as faculty advisor.

"I thought it would be a good gesture of friendship, hope and love," Wray said.

In addition to the “On Wings of Hope” fundraising efforts, Professor of Fashion Design and Merchandising Diane Ellis and the Meredith Fashion Association made patriotic lapel pins to raise money for New York City children who lost parents in the attacks. The pins were sold in the Raleigh area.

Meredith also held an on-campus blood drive, which drew a tremendous amount of support and participation.

Griffith is proud of the way she’s seen the Meredith community come together to help the attack victims.

“The level of support has been so surprising. Not just monetary support, but people’s willingness to offer their time…the community has joined together like one family unit,” Griffith said.

On September 11, 2011, Meredith College will host a showing of “Beyond Belief,” a documentary about two courageous women whose lives changed when their husbands were killed in the attacks of 9/11.

Date Submitted: 2011-09-08

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