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Thursday, September 20, 2001
KENTWOOD -- Shaye Schumaker covered her USA letters with
gold glitter in hopes of sparking a smile on someone's face.
"First, I felt like it was all unreal. Then I felt guilty that all
those people died, and now I just want to help."
Children made cards and bookmarks to send to the people of New York.
"She's part of this," he said. "It's her world that she's going to grow into. Someday, she will able to be told she was a part of it."
Mikel Miller, 5, was busy drawing blue, green and purple objects on his card. His mom, Kim, said she has been monitoring how much of the news Mikel sees but believes it's good for him to ask questions.
"I brought him here to show him that people care about other people and that we are a community and all of us stand together," she said. "He doesn't understand it all, but he knows something bad has happened."
"It's just sad seeing all those people die," said Ashley Goetz, 13, who worked at the card-making tables. "I just hope the cards help send the message we all care."
"I think it's wonderful to see this whole community coming together
like this," Anne Goetz, Ashley's mother, said.
Hardiman said he was encouraged with the turnout.
Judy Slager was shaking and fighting back tears even before the prayer
Steven is 18 and Jonathan is 20; both are graduates of South Christian