JERICHO, N.Y. (WCBS 880/AP) - Some 75 children are participating in Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day at the the Purolator freight company on Long Island Thursday.
WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs: The Kids Will Actually Have Work To Do
Company spokesperson Dawn Down says it will be very interactive at their Jericho offices.
"The kids are gonna have assignments," Down tells WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs. "They're gonna to be moving from one place to another, engaged with different people within the company, and, hopefully they'll walk away feeling very happy and know a lot more about Purolator [and] what their parents do."
Down says you never know, some of these kids may end up future Purolator employees.
"They are the future," Down says. "Absolutely, they are!"
A Queens firehouse is also celebrating by opening its doors to four boys who lost a parent in the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
The boys, ages 9 to 11, learned how to use firefighting equipment and got a tour of Engine Company 304/Ladder Company 162. Then they joined the firefighters in preparing lunch and eating it.
The tour Thursday is being organized by Tuesday's Children, a nonprofit organization that provides services to people who lost a loved one in the terror attacks.
Terry Sears, the executive director of Tuesday's Children, said that almost 30 other New York-based businesses also will welcome children of Sept. 11 victims to mark Take Our Children to Work Day.
In Manhattan, the storied Friar's Club also opened up its round tables to Tuesday's Children.
WCBS 880's Rich Lamb At The Friar's Club
They were served hamburgers, ice cream, and heaping helpings of humor.
"First, I didn't know what it was, but then I realized it's about my father and the World Trade Center. So, I joined in and I think it's really fun," said 9-year-old Liam.
Liam lost his dad, Mickey, on 9/11.
10-year-old Hannah also lost her dad at the World Trade Center.
"I don't really think about it anymore, but sometimes I think about it," she said.
WCBS 880 reporter Rich Lamb replied, "And stuff like this helps you to think about other things, right?"
"Yeah," she answered.
When asked what she learned, Hannah said: what Billy Crystal looks like.
"It's really nice because we get to do different programs and go all over the place, really, with Tuesday's Children," said 11-year-old Brendan Fitzpatrick.
He said it's good to see people help other people who are devastated.
This is how the Friar's Club is participating in Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day.
Tuesday's Children is named that because September 11, 2001 was a Tuesday.
In Washington, First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed the children of White house employees by sitting down and answering their questions.
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