Tuesday’s Children was formed in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. We provide a lifetime of healing for families who have been forever changed by terrorism, military conflict, or mass violence. Our commitment to families who lost loved ones on 9/11 is at the core of who we are and who we serve. As a ripple effect of the 9/11 attacks, first responders and military service members answered the call, and our mission at Tuesday’s Children expanded to meet the needs of their families. In response to mass violence, terrorism and other widescale tragedies, we are building community resilience by sharing our Long-Term Healing Model in tragedy assistance efforts and pandemic response.
Since 2001, Tuesday’s Children has served over 45,000 individuals—families of 9/11 victims, responders, military service members, international victims of terrorism and global and local communities impacted by tragedy. We ensure that our families always have a comforting place to turn to for support and community. Our innovative programs strengthen resilience, foster post-traumatic growth and build common bonds.
Even so many years after the original tragedy that united us all, we remain steadfast in our mission to “keep the promise,” not only to the children and families who lost parents and loved ones on 9/11, but to the families and children of post-9/11 military service members and communities impacted by terrorism and mass violence.
How can YOU help the 9/11 Families?
This year, we will mark the 21st anniversary of 9/11 and commemorate 21 years of dedicated service to over 45,000 individuals. We are committed to keeping the promise to meet families’ needs now and in the future. Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, global political unrest, economic uncertainty and increasing incidents of mass violence in the U.S. and abroad, demand for our peer support initiatives and skills-based programming is greater than ever.
The average age of the 3,051 children who lost a parent on Tuesday, September 11th was 8; over 100 were in utero.
As a ripple effect of 9/11:
- Over 90,000 people assisted in recovery efforts
- Over 40,000 9/11 people are now suffering from serious illness
– 4,000+ have died from those illnesses.
- 3.7 million+ U.S. troops have been deployed, and U.S. military casualties exceed 37,000.
- Global terrorism has claimed 250,000+ lives since 2002.
- Mass shootings occur with alarming and growing frequency in the U.S.
- More than 230,000 children nationwide are now grieving the loss of a parent or primary caregiver to COVID-19.
For survivors of terrorism and tragedy, memories can sometimes mean painful reminders, but they can also be powerful forces preserving legacy and embodying the resilience of the human spirit. For a firsthand story of the impact Tuesday’s Children has on our families, we welcome you to read a letter from Rob Pycior, whose father, Joseph J. Pycior, Jr., was killed in the September 11 attacks while working at the Pentagon. And we are so proud that Rob is paying it forward, giving back to others with whom he shared a common bond. Read Rob’s letter at https://www.tuesdayschildren.org/blog/911appeal/
Together, we can make a difference
With the help of committed supporters like you, Tuesday’s Children can continue our work and Keep the Promise to provide a lifetime of healing for families who have been forever changed by terrorism on 9/11, military conflict or mass violence.
As we turn the corner 21 years following the 9/11 attacks, we’re ready to jump into a brand-new year of opportunity, hope, healing and community. We’re so glad you’ll be coming with us