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In careful handwriting neatly penciled across a crisp page of wide-ruled paper, Tanya said she was sorry, sorry for all the people who got hurt.
After the Boston Marathon bombings, her class had gone around their Hyde Park school, collecting money for the One Fund for victims. They wanted to do something nice, the grade-schooler wrote, for “such wonderful people.”
“We felt so bad, wishing everything that happened didn’t happen,” Tanya wrote for her class. “God is watching over us now.”
As donations poured into the One Fund this spring, letters like Tanya’s came too, tender expressions of grief and sympathy for the bombing victims, of thanks for those who rushed to their side. They came by the thousands, sweet messages in folded construction paper, filled with earnest words of comfort and the hope to set things right.