Tenth annual Mitzvah Marathon held
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VESTAL, N.Y. -- The memories of the attacks on September 11th, 2001 bring with it varying thoughts and emotions. Some groups of people are making an effort to take those emotions and channel them into good deeds.
Members of the Binghamton University Chabad Center joined with Hillel of Binghamton for the tenth annual Mitzvah Marathon. The fair encouraged students to take time out of their day to do something kind for someone else. Whether it be to stop and pray for a loved one, give blood or make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for the homeless.
Organizers hope the event encourages people to turn the hateful action that was brought upon this nation into an opportunity to spread good.
"If the only response to violence is just more violence, then our world is just going to decay into nothing but violence," BU junior Andrew Topal said.
"It’s really important that on campus, there is an event that you can commemorate and remember the victims on 9/11," BU senior Samantha Greenstein said.
The Jewish groups started this event on the first anniversary of the attacks and many student organizations across the country have used it as a model for their own September 11th Mitzvah events.