NEW YORK — The National Law Enforcement and Firefighters Children’s Foundation is hosting its 17th annual Thanksgiving breakfast this week to honor the families of first responders killed in the line of duty.

The organization was founded by Al Kahn in the weeks after the Sept. 11 terrorist attack. According to the Daily News of New York , since 2005, students in 28 states have received scholarships. Grants have been were distributed to individuals and groups in 32 states.

Kahn recalled the initial get-together just weeks after the 2001 attack, telling the paper it was “unbelievably sad.” But the event has taken on a lighter tone in later years.

Kahn says he’s changing the name to the First Responders Children’s Foundation to show the national reach of the organization.

Information from: Daily News,

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