One local woman volunteers on 9/11

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -- While many of us are remembering victims...others are using today to honor them in a different way...

Gwen Jensen wanted to tie in charity efforts as a way to honor the fallen and give back to the community.

She spent the day volunteering at Dress for Success after hearing about the event through a friend.

She said she was a little hesitant at first to volunteer with so much on her plate.

"Then I got another email that talked about today is because of September 11 that it had been turned into a day for charity service," said Jensen. "So it's actually from what i understand the busiest day for people volunteering doing charity services across the United States."

Jensen is also part of Blue Star Mothers of Spanish Springs, a local chapter which comprises of mothers whose children are in the military. Mothers get together and organize military events and do community outreach.

"We do whatever we can to help each other, especially when our children are deployed, that's a really hard time," said Jensen.

Jensen knows all too well of that feeling, her son was deployed twice. She says volunteering at Dress for Success on 9/11 is her way of giving back in remembrance of all who lost their lives and honoring our military personnel.

"To make me feel like I'm doing something to actually remember what happened and maybe to help the community out, it feels good to do something special," Jensen added. "And to do something that involves the community for the day."

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