September 11, 2001, was a deeply traumatic event for everyone in this country. It was especially traumatic for children who lost loved ones and for other children who had to imagine what that kind of loss was like.
Just after September 11, a Little Pearls project called Child to Child: Heart to Heart was born.
In this project, children from the Asheville, NC area sent poignant messages of love and support to the children of greater New York.
These children, all 4th and 5th graders, spoke from their hearts, directly to the children who had suffered loss. We were blown away by their wisdom,understanding and compassion during the filming.
The 30 second Pearl has been on YouTube for awhile and it's a sweet, timeless one. Click on this photo to see it:
We grownups could learn from these kids, given the hostility and ignorance around this tragic event today, nine years later.
The 5 minute Child to Child mini-documentary, sent to NYC schools and Red Cross volunteers in 2001, has just been uploaded to YouTube for the first time.
Click the image here to see it:
More about the children and the story behind this project, which came together quickly and with much serendipity, is at Child to Child
We hope their messages continue to touch hearts -- and maybe even open some minds!