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Thanks to Yanks: a Way to Remember

Michael Shain, a community banker, started Thanks to Yanks, a charitable organization devoted to military families and to remembering the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

People say they respect the military, and those who serve the country in war. But for many Americans, the ongoing conflict in the Middle East is a distant one. Not so for Michael Shain.

The Milford resident and community banker, who handles mortgages for Charles River Bank, created , a charitable organization that recognizes the sacrifice of military families. Shain was inspired by the deployments that followed the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S.

"There are a lot of people who have been touched by war," Shain said. "Their lives are put on hold. Financially, they may be struggling. They live their lives on pins and needles."

The move to create Thanks to Yanks came after some soul-searching.

"What can I do, as an average citizen, to show that I care, to show that my wife cares?" Shain said.

Thanks to Yanks will host a dinner on Sept. 11 for military families, and for people affected by the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. More than 300 are expected. The event is being held at the Medway V.F.W.

"It's my random act of kindness, to say 'Thank You' for the military families," Shain said. "It's important they not be forgotten."

Leslie Jacobs September 07, 2011 at 01:39 PM
Congratulations and thank you Mike for starting this organization which means so much to so many people... Thank you to all the Military and their families who have sacrificed so much to keep us safe and strong and those Americans who stepped forward to protect our country.. may we never forget and be willing to do the same.. 9/11
UglyHat September 07, 2011 at 01:51 PM
What a great thing you're doing Mike. Much more than a random act of kindness. I'm sure this takes time, money and dedication. And I'll bet it helps more than you know. Thank you.

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