Desert Edge High School will honor first responders at its Sept. 10 football game against Westview in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of 9/11.
The high school in Goodyear has partnered with Nothing But Love Notes organization, and is expected to hand in at least 1,800 letters for first responders at the home game.
Nothing But Love Notes was started in 2016 by Arizona native Natalie Reilly on Valentine’s Day, with her mother who had been diagnosed with cancer.
Her mother has since died, but Reilly has gone on to write thousands of letters thanking first responders.
Reilly will be at the game to personally collect the notes written by students and staff.
Westview Knights have also been invited to participate.
“No matter what happens on the football field, there will always be a common love and bond for doing good for others,” said Colleen Koblinski, parent involvement specialist at Desert Edge.
Donations are expected to be collected at the game for the 100 Club of Arizona, an organization that raises money for the families of first responders who have been wounded or killed in the line of duty.
All first responders with a valid ID will have free admission to the game, which will begin at 7 p.m. on the Desert Edge football field located at 15778 W. Yuma Road.