Christine was a beautiful person both inside and out. She fell victim to the tragic terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 as a passenger on board flight #93 that went down near Pittsburgh.
Christine was a very special woman who always wore a bright smile and exuded positive energy. She laughed a lot and cared so much for others.
Christine also loved nature and being outdoors. Growing up in Kailua, Oahu, she was a local girl at heart. She worked for the environmental agency The Outdoor Circle as an arborist. Christine was very dedicated to her work.
Christine knew so many people in Hawaii and beyond. Her family and friends will miss her dearly.
May the spirit of Christine live on in all of us.
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From islenews.com, Friday, September 21, 2001:
Arborist remembered with education fund: A fund to grow minds has been established in memory of a woman who dedicated her life to keep Honolulu's trees growing. The Outdoor Circle this week created the Christine Snyder Tree Education Fund to teach people about the importance and proper care of trees. Snyder, 32, died aboard United Airlines flight 93 when it was hijacked and crashed in Pennsylvania on Sept. 11. She was attending a forestry conference in Washington, D.C., and was on her way home. Colleagues said Snyder was a dedicated defender of Hawaii's green spaces and an articulate activist when she needed to be. The Aloha Arborists Association and the American Society of Landscape Architects are also supporting the fund. http://www.outdoorcircle.org
Your Kokua (Help) is Appreciated:
American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund: Those wishing to contribute can call 800-HELP-NOW (800-435-7669). Contributions can be sent to the American Red Cross Hawaii at 4155 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, HI 96816; or on the Web at http://www.redcross.org. Checks should be made to the Disaster Relief Fund. A collection site is set up at the Customer Service Center at Ala Moana Center.
September 11th Fund: The Hawaii Community Foundation and others have created a fund for victims and families. Contributions can be made at any Foodland, Sack 'n Save and branches of American Savings Bank, Bank of Hawaii, Bank of the Orient, Central Pacific Bank, City Bank, Finance Factors, First Hawaiian Bank, Hawaii National Bank, HomeStreet Bank and Territorial Savings. Send cash or checks to the September 11th Fund, c/o Hawaii Community Foundation, Pioneer Plaza, 900 Fort Street Mall, Suite 1300, Honolulu, HI 96813. Online donations can be made at http://www.hcf-hawaii.org. Call 537-6333.
New York State World Trade Center Relief Fund: The state of New York has established a fund to support the World Trade Center emergency response effort and victims' assistance. Call 800-801-8092, or send checks to the New York State World Trade Center Relief Fund, P.O. Box 5028, Albany, NY 12205.
The Hawaii Island Food Bank is asking people to donate cash rather than food. Visit http://www.secondharvest.org, or mail checks, made out to America's Second Harvest, to Hawaii Island Food Bank, 140-B Holomua St., Hilo, HI 96720.
Federal funds have been established to help Army victims and families directly affected by the Sept. 11 attacks. Contributions may be made to Pentagon Victims Fund, Army Emergency Relief, 200 Stovall St., Room 5N13, Alexandria, VA 22332-0600. Phone: 703-428-0000 or 703-325-0463, http://www.aerhq.org. Make checks payable to the Pentagon Victims Fund.
Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society Pentagon Assistance Fund, 703-696-4904, http://www.nmcrs.org.
For civilian victims: Federal Employees Education and Assistance-World Trade Center/Pentagon Fund, Suite 200, 8441 W. Bowles Ave., Littleton, CO 80123-3245. Phone: 800-323-4140 or 202-708-4909. Make checks payable to Federal Employees Education and Assistance Fund. An additional number is 303-933-7580, http://www.feea.org.
More information regarding donations may be obtained from the Federal Emergency Management Agency at http://www.fema.gov.
Fire Department: The public may drop off checks, not cash, at any Oahu fire station from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Checks should be made payable to the New York Fire 9-11 Relief Fund or mailed to Hawaii Fire Fighters Association, Local 1463 IAFF, AFL-CIO, 2305 S. Beretania St., Room 202, Honolulu 96826.
The Salvation Army is also accepting donations to help feed, house and comfort volunteers helping in the recovery efforts in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania. Checks can be sent to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 620, Honolulu, HI., 96809. You can also donate online at http://www.SalvationArmyHawaii.org. For more information call 440-1861.
Blood Bank of Hawaii: Blood donations will continue to be needed for several weeks. Donors are encouraged to make appointments by calling 845-9966 on Oahu or 800-372-9966 on neighbor islands. Oahu's blood collection is being centralized at 2043 Dillingham Blvd. There also is a downtown center at 126 Queen St. Make an appointment online at http://www.bbh.org.
The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, Inc. (Taps) a national non-profit organization made up of, and providing services to, all those who have lost a loved one while serving in the Armed Forces. The heart of TAPS is our national military survivor peer support network. We also offer grief counseling referral, case worker assistance and crisis information, all available to help families and military personnel cope and recover. We provide these services 24 hours a day free of charge! Please call us at 1-800-959-TAPS (8277) or e-mail us if we can help. http://www.taps.org
This song for Christine is from a Hawaiian artist named Keali'i Reichel from the Punahele Records release: "Kawaipunahele". The Words & Music where written by Lennon/McCartney (EMI Blackwood).