Fifteen kindergarten students at Seattle Hebrew Academy wanted to help those who had been injured by the terrorists in New York City. Their teachers suggested a Band-Aid drive. The 5-year-olds, working together, created this appeal letter:
“Dear Students and Parents of Seattle Hebrew Academy,
“Please give us Band-Aids. We’re going to send them to people who got hurt in the planes. We should send Band-Aids because the people in the buildings got hurt. The people that got hurt needed some Band-Aids because they got bigger scratches and it hurt them. We want to help because we want to be nice and because we are sad. If you give us Band-Aids we will send them to the people who got hurt.
“Thank you, the kindergarten class at SHA”
The letter worked. Before the campaign was over, a few days later, the class collected five pounds of Band-Aids.
One of the student’s parents took the five-pound shipment to the Columbia City Post Office to send to New York. When others in line realized that it was a package to help people in New York, each stranger voluntarily reached into his own pocket or purse and pulled out enough dollars to pay for the postage. They insisted on supporting the kindergartners’ effort.
Their teachers say the young students learned a lot from the experience, including the idea that one generous act often leads to another and that anyone can make a diference.