Support for 9-11 Families of Policemen and Firefighters

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The Silver Shield Foundation identified twenty families with a child with a disability to receive $5,000 each in support of their child’s special needs from the funds donated by McMahan Securities.

None of us can forget that day on September 11, 2001 when the airplanes crashed into the World Trade Center Towers.  We recall with pain the lives that were lost that day, that included not only the people in the Twin Towers but the rescuers who came to help those who were trapped as the buildings collapsed.

David Bruce McMahan immediately called Yvette Marrin, the National Cristina Foundation’s president and informed her that McMahan Securities would be putting together a donation of $100,000 for families of policemen and fire fighters who had died on that very sad day.  The call to action for the National Cristina Foundation was to locate potential candidates for this support and to find an appropriate organization that would be distributing the funds appropriately.

Yvette Marrin contacted the Silver Shield Foundation, a New York based not for profit, to consult with them and get their assistance to properly distribute the donated funds.  The Silver Shield Foundation reaches out to every family who has a member in the police force or are fire fighters in New York City and the surrounding area that has lost a mother or father in the line of duty. The Foundation ensures that the death of a parent does not mean the end of educational opportunity for their children.  They were asked to help identify families of youngsters with disabilities who had lost a parent during the rescue efforts that had followed the planes crashing into the Twin Towers. It was clear these youngsters with special needs would be especially impacted by the loss of one of their parents.

The Silver Shield Foundation identified twenty families with a child with a disability to receive $5,000 each in support of their child’s special needs from the funds donated by McMahan Securities.  Their identities, though kept anonymous to ensure their privacy, were a sad reminder of all the families who had to deal with their individual losses on that tragically historic day.