Coming together in that spot on that day is part of their healing.
Some of those victims' families will meet teenagers from our area who want to help. They are young enough to be called kids, but old enough to understand sorrow.
"My mom went through cancer when 10," said 16-year-old Sam Matson. "And I, I was quiet. I didn't talk to anyone."
Sam found something to help him cope.
"Art can help people," he says.
And not just the artist.
"I hope they feel a sense that someone cares about them," says Rachel Land.
Art can help the person who receives it. So the art students are creating 100 wooden boxes, each hand painted with a child in mind -- a child who lost a loved one in the 9/11 attacks.
They will distribute them at Ground Zero.
Chloe Dziok hopes to meet the person who chooses her box: "I would say 'I hope you like this box. I put a lot into it. I hope when you see it you can realize people still remember what happened. And they still care.' "
Each box contains a gift and a note. The message: that joy can come from sorrow and good can come out of tragedy.
It is a deep sentiment wrapped up in 100 wooden boxes.
"I hope he feels just loved and thought of," says Sam.
The students at the Northwest Art Center in Duvall still have a couple dozen boxes that need to be painted. And they could use money to help them ship the boxes.
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