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May 17, 2013 6:35 PM by Cameron Polom, KSBY News

Fourth graders make a quilt to send to Boston

A group of students at Joe Nightingale School in Santa Maria decided you're never too far away to make a difference.

After hearing about a little girl who lost her brother and a leg during the Boston Marathon bombing, students wanted to make sure she knew she wasn't forgotten.

"I mean everyday they'd ask me when are we going to do it, when are we going to do it, they were excited about doing it," said the grandmother of one of the students.

Piece by piece, stitch by stitch, students in this fourth grade class hope their sewing can help mend the hearts and injuries of last month's bombing victims.

"A little girl lost her brother, and she lost her leg, and we're making a quilt for her," said one student.

"It's going to look like an American flag with hearts on it," said another.

Most are too young to understand the motivations of the bombers.

"I thought, why would people do this to other people?" said one boy.

One by one, each student took a turn, helping each other along the way.

The students, as young as they are, offered a simple thread of advice to stop these tragedies.

"I think that I would ask what the problem is first and we could work it out all together," said one little girl.

Once they complete the quilt, it will be sent to Boston Children's Hospital, with the hopes of blanketing the horrific day with kindness and hope.

"The world needs to help each other and become closer so that things like this don't happen," said another boy in the class.

The students will complete the quilt in the next two weeks. They plan to make three more.

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