Capital Area United Way Teams Up with BASF for 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

BATON ROUGE– In observance of the 13th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on our nation, the Capital Area United Way and BASF teamed up once again to engage the local community to honor our veterans, those in the Armed Forces, and many of our local first responders. Activities include a care package collection, career fair (focused on veterans), supply drive for local homeless veterans, and thank-you banners and cards signed by the public.

Thank-you banners and cards can be signed by the public at Whole Foods in Towne Center and at Matherne’s Supermarket on Bluebonnet at Perkins Road on Saturday, September 6, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Select area schools are participating in Operation Goody Bag – decorating paper bags for troops to receive a special token of appreciation.

A career fair will be held on Thursday, September 11, from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the Mall of Louisiana, 2nd floor near the food court. Veterans are strongly encouraged to attend and bring resumes, as up to 30 vendors from the industrial and retail areas will be on hand to provide career opportunities.

A supply drive for personal hygiene items will also take place on Thursday, September 11th at the Mall of Louisiana Boulevard (east) entrance. Donated items can be dropped off throughout the day on 9/11 and will go to local homeless veterans. Suggested items and other information can be found at

Employees from BASF made donations to purchase items to create and ship 200 care packages to local troops who are currently serving domestically and abroad.

This year’s activities will once again honor the extraordinary sacrifices made by thousands of rescue and recovery workers, volunteers, and public safety personnel, as well as hundreds of thousands of brave individuals who have defended our nation as members of our Armed Forces here at home and overseas. “The programs and projects provide an opportunity for the community to recall and rekindle the spirit of unity and compassion that existed immediately following the 9/11 attacks,” stated Darrin Goss, Sr., President/CEO of Capital Area United Way. “We are thankful to BASF for their continued support in this initiative.”

“BASF and United Way both believe in improving lives by leveraging partnerships in our community,” said Tom Yura, BASF Senior Vice President and Geismar Site Manager. “By supporting Capital Area United Way’s 9/11 activities, we are able to support and pay tribute to our veterans and local troops, as well as salute all of our local emergency volunteers and public safety personnel. We challenge other corporate partners and community members to get involved and be part of the solution.”

The 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance is one of three Days of Action by Capital Area United Way. For more information on how you can get involved, visit or call Capital Area United Way at 225.383.2643.