200 packages sent to military overseas _lowres

Photo provided by Kendall Hebert -- Jim Utz, a 12-year Marine veteran, second from right, drops off a donation of toiletries and other items for local homeless veterans at the Capital Area United Way and BASF 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance at the Mall of Louisiana on Sept. 11. From left are Mark Hughes, BASF Geismar production manager; Paulette Rosamond, BASF Geismar environmental, health and safety specialist; Utz; and Allan Bailie, BASF HR business partner.

In observance of the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Capital Area United Way and BASF hosted a 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance at the Mall of Louisiana on Sept. 11, a news release said.

Activities included a care package collection by BASF employees, a career fair open to the public and focused on veterans, a supply drive for local homeless veterans, and thank-you banners and cards signed by the public.

BASF employees created 200 care packages that were mailed to troops overseas. More than 600 items were donated through the supply drive along with nearly $200 in cash donations.

“The programs and projects provided an opportunity for the community to recall and rekindle the spirit of unity and compassion that existed immediately following the 9/11 attacks,” said Darrin Goss Sr., president/CEO of Capital Area United Way.

Jim Utz, of Semper Fi Tree Service in Baton Rouge, a veteran who served 12 years in the Marines, dropped off several bags of donations for homeless veterans.

“Our creed is we don’t leave a man behind, and we take care of our own,” Utz said.