Acts of Kindness | Tunnel to Towers Foundation

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This post is my first entry in Acts of Kindness | Sharing Love & Joy This Holiday Season the December 2023 Active Rain Challenge.  

The category chosen for this post is:  Share One of Your Acts of Kindness. 

It typically is not my style to talk about things such as this, however, I am a PROUD supporter of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation.   

From the T2T website:  
“Since 9/11, we have been helping America’s heroes by providing mortgage-free homes to Gold Star and fallen first responder families with young children and by building specially adapted smart homes for catastrophically injured veterans and first responders. We are also committed to eradicating veteran homelessness and helping America to Never Forget September 11, 2001.”

When I see a commercial for Tunnel to Towers, most of the time I choke up, and my eyes well up.  Hearing the recipients’ stories and what the foundation has done for them, and their families, is POWERFUL. 

YES, I support this. It is such a small thing to do for those who have given so much, including the ultimate sacrifice of their lives. 

What does it mean to be a supporter?  For me, it means making monetary donations. No matter how many donations I make, the mailers keep coming! Powerful marketing that works! 

As they ask in the commercials, $11.00 a month is what I give in addition to other random donations.

Unlike so many other “charitable organizations” the bulk, 95% of donations go directly to the programs. 

The video below is just one example of a recipient. 


This is near and dear to my heart for so many reasons. My father was a disabled veteran. The entire family lived with his limitations. I watched how he suffered physical pain. Over the years he became addicted to some very powerful painkillers. Adding to that, he mixed painkillers with alcohol.  He eventually got the help he needed. But this is not about my father.  

This is about acts of kindness, doing small things that make a big difference, my love for my Country, and giving back to the heroes who fight to keep us safe while we sleep in the comfort of our homes. 

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Comments (28)

Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist  loved your post and it is not about the money, it is about caring... now with that said I always look at what per cent of the money goes to the cause and 95% is just incredible.. Endre

Dec 02, 2023 10:05 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

It is incredible Endre Barath, Jr. and they are very proud of that fact. All of their commercials are sure to mention that. 

Thank you for stopping by. 

Dec 03, 2023 07:43 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I have been struggling with whether to participate in this challenge since I don't want to talk about myself doing good things... but I like the way you did this - perhaps I'll do something similar.

And thank you for highlighting Tunnel to Towers. I'll have to do some research to see if they are in my area.

Dec 03, 2023 05:37 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

Dr. Paula McDonald and I discussed that concern knowing that many people here in the rain do not like to "brag" about the good they do. 

One reason I shared my first post so early on was to illustrate an example of kindness and why it means so much to us. is an amazing foundation that builds smart homes for first responders and pays off mortgages for 9/11 families. 

Thank you for stopping by Kat Palmiotti - we know you will put your creative spin on your posts and do it in a way that fits your personality.

Dec 03, 2023 07:47 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Kathleen... without doubt, a wonderful organization to support. My husband and I also support it. I was not comfortable with the idea of talking about my own acts of kindness, but you showed how to do it without seeming boastful.

Dec 03, 2023 07:34 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

Why am I not surprised that you and your hubby are supporters of this wonderful organization Miss Nina Hollander, Broker?  Reading your comment brought a big smile to my face with such a happy feeling inside.  Thank you! 

As I mentioned to Kat, one of the reasons I posted this entry early on was to illustrate a way to share without boasting.  We look forward to what you have to share ... we know you do a lot and are not a boastful person.  

Dec 03, 2023 07:51 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist thanks, Kathleen... I was raised not to boast about anything good that I did. So now, I have no excuse not to participate in this month's challenge! 

Dec 03, 2023 08:03 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Kathleen we have been supporting fans of T2T for many years.  They do such great work for many, many families. I too can get choked up watching some of the stories......heart felt and genuine people.

Dec 03, 2023 09:27 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

I am not surprised to learn that you are a supporter of T2T Miss Anna "Banana" Kruchten. They do so much good for the families. 

Thank you for stopping by. 

Dec 03, 2023 04:23 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Thank you for sharing this, Kathleen - LOVE the cause! At one point, a few years ago, we participated in helping build a home for this organization. Like you, the less than 5% cost to manage the organization was KEY to my participation. 

I just logged in and contributed again - thank you for the reminder! I spent some time reading over the list of donors in my area! It warmed my heart to see some of my own clients there, as well as some of the organizations that I support.

Thank you for this and congratulations on the feature! 😘

Dec 10, 2023 11:51 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

Oh, you bet! And those NOT on the list...well, I'm not surprised by that either! I'm very much a 'like-minded' fan, Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist!

Dec 10, 2023 12:14 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

Thank you, Debe Maxwell, CRS - we attract like-minded people into our lives so I am not surprised that you saw some of your clients there. 

Our politicians could learn so much from this organization ... if only they cared as much! 

Dec 10, 2023 12:10 PM
Adam Feinberg
Elegran - Manhattan, NY
NYC Condo, Co-op, and Townhouse Advisor

Thank you for this post and your support. I was on the main trading desk of JP Morgan Chase on 9/11 in midtown, but originally I was going to be in the WTC that day.  I have posted about this before. From a first responder aspect- I don't think I posted about that before. When I first learned of what was going on prior to the collapse of the 1st tower, I called a friend who lived and worked in the suburbs- but her father worked for NYU's Blood Center. This call to my friend and her call to her father turned out to be NYU's Blood Center first notice that they need to be on high alert. As there were virtually no survivors once the towers came down, the Blood Center services was not ultimately needed but I feel like I did the right thing regardless of the outcome. Throughtout the duration of that week- I witnesses the best and worst of our behaviors. I knew then, the world had changed. I attribute some of the fear and hate in today's environment attributable to 9/11 as a catalyst. Some will disagree with me- that's ok, but the behavior isn't. 

Dec 10, 2023 01:43 PM
Adam Feinberg

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist I am much more concerned about domestic terrorists than foreign one's that are motivated by hate and lies. Anti-semitism is on the rise in a dramatic fashion and so much of this was predictable.  

Dec 10, 2023 02:59 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

Hello, Adam Feinberg I've heard of several people who were supposed to be at the WTC on 9/11.  

Until it all unfolded, no one knew the blood would not be needed. And you did the right thing. 

I agree with your assessment of 9/11 being a catalyst. 

With all the unvetted people coming into this country, we will see more terror on American soil.  

Dec 10, 2023 02:48 PM
Chris Griffith
Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL - Bonita Springs, FL
Bonita Springs Listing Specialist - Agent

On of our favorite organizations.  I wrote a book about 9/11 and seem to bump into the T2T folks from time to time. We provide school teachers/classrooms our book free of charge to teach their students. One of our teachers in Sheffield Ohio sent our book to Frank Siller. He wrote such a lovely letter back.  He's a great human.

Dec 10, 2023 04:49 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

It is among my favorites as well.  They do so much good Chris Griffith 


Dec 11, 2023 08:12 AM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

This is a beautiful submission and such a worthy cause. Those commercials do the same for me. Big lump in the throat.

Dec 10, 2023 06:10 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

The recipients are so humble and grateful for what they receive Dr. Paula McDonald 

Dec 11, 2023 08:13 AM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Tunnel to Towers is such an important cause and I also contribute to it. 

I'm furious that we are paying for illegals to walk into this country, but we don't take care of our homeless veterans and those who have literally given limbs for service to this country.

We owe these brave Americans to have a house that fits their needs and no mortgage.

Dec 11, 2023 06:30 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

I agree and feel the same anger about why we are taking in so many unvetted people and we cannot take care of our own.  We pay to protect borders in other countries and we don't even protect our own borders faye schubert 

We do owe them more than what the government provides! 

Dec 11, 2023 08:15 AM
Don Baker
Lane Realty - Eatonton, GA
Lake Sinclair Specialist

Thank you.  It means a lot to me that people care about this.  Granted my % of Army related disability doesn't stop me from doing much, I served, I gave and I believe in this cause.

Dec 11, 2023 07:25 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

Thank you for your service Don Baker 

Dec 11, 2023 08:16 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

This is one of the charities I annually give money to. A very worthy not for profit.

Dec 11, 2023 07:49 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

Thank you, Leanne Smith 

It is a worthy organization.

Dec 11, 2023 08:17 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
Acts of kindness can never be overstated as important and vital to all all of us everywhere.
Dec 11, 2023 10:33 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

I agree, Laura!  Thank you for stopping by. 

Dec 13, 2023 09:38 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Thank you for sharing, I had never heard of this organization, and am interested in looking into them further.

Dec 13, 2023 08:45 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 I wrote another check today.  This organization does so much good for veterans, first responders, and their families.  

Thank you for stopping by. 

Dec 13, 2023 09:39 AM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

Thanks for the post.  It made me remember some things that I needed to remember


Dec 13, 2023 11:36 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

I guess now you need to remember not to forget what you remembered. 

Thank you for stopping by. 

Dec 14, 2023 08:07 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

This is the first time I have heard of Tunnel To Towers Foundation. What a wonderful organization. I love what they are doing. Thank you for supporting this worthy cause.

Dec 13, 2023 05:29 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

It seems that many people here know about and support it and many are hearing of it for the first time.  Thank you for stopping by. 

Dec 14, 2023 08:08 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Exactly! There’s always room for kindness, no matter where we are, and no matter what we’re doing, even in the most difficult circumstances

Dec 14, 2023 11:34 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

Agree Laura Cerrano - even in the most difficult circumstances.  Thank you for stopping by.

Dec 17, 2023 07:00 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Nick, I agree that’s usually the way it is but it’s not insurmountable, you know?

Dec 14, 2023 11:36 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

Thank you for opening two doors here: we got to know a little bit more about you and your family. I come from a family of Veterans too, I understand to some degree what you shared. But, thank you for door #2 , exposing us to Tunnels to Towers...great info and seems like a wonderful effort they make. Good stuff!

Dec 17, 2023 06:54 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

Thank you, Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets for walking in the open doors.  I certainly learned more about you. We can share in ways that I do not perceive as bragging or boasting. When we do, we open doors for people to see more about who we are. 

T2T.or is now my #1 and favorite Charity.  A few days ago I received this from Frank Siller at T2T.



The mailers keep coming even when we are a monthly $11.00 donor. How can I not contribute more?  You already know the answer.  

I look forward to your third entry.  Thank you again for your participation. 



Dec 17, 2023 07:09 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

T2T is often touted by Don Bongino and is such a worthy cause for those whose lives have been changed forever through horrific events. Tunnel to Towers Foundation has helped thousands of military people get into homes they otherwise might not ever get to experience. Thank you for getting the name out there for more eyes and hopefully, more donations, Kathleen!

Dec 17, 2023 07:32 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

Indeed Miss Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! Mr. Bongino and many others, including some "celebrities" promote T2T.  Many comments have revealed people who were not familiar with the organization. If this triggers just one faithful donor, that would be a blessing. 

Dec 17, 2023 07:43 AM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Hi Kathleen,

Your post has really touched a lot of people and opened their eyes and hearts to a very worthy organization that helps our catastrophically injured veterans and the families of our fallen first responders and military!!!!  Tunnel to Towers is one non-profit that people can be sure their hard earned money is going where it should be;  as 95.1% of the contributions ARE going to help where it should be going  is stewardship at its highest level!!!!  

Contrast that with all those TV commercials we see during the holiday season with the mistreated animals and shaming us into giving to help those poor animals!   Several investigative reports this year have stated that only about 2% of the money received actually goes to help those poor starving and mistreated animals while the "charity" has funneled millions and millions into offshore bank accounts.

T2T is the real deal and thanks for sharing this with us, Kathleen!

Dec 29, 2023 04:11 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist

I believe you are referring to the ASPCA Bruce Walter - the marketing hits the hearts of many animal lovers and supporters yet as you point out, the money does not go to help the animals. I keep my donations for animals local.  
Thank you for stopping by! 

Dec 30, 2023 07:52 AM