9/11 Memorial Inspires Teenager to Fundraise for Nonprofit

9/11 Memorial Inspires Teenager to Fundraise for Nonprofit

Sophie and her friends under the Survivor Tree during a visit to the 9/11 Memorial in 2012.

Moved by a visit to the 9/11 Memorial in the summer of 2012, a 13-year-old from Pittsburgh, Pa., raised some money to support the nonprofit organization operating the memorial at the World Trade center site.

Sophie spent the weekend sightseeing in New York City with her friends and classmates when she visited the memorial. She then decided that her upcoming bat mitzvah project would be to help sustain the memorial plaza.

“Although I was only a baby at the time of 9/11, I was overwhelmed by the horrific tragedy that had taken place on American soil in my lifetime,” Sophie said. The teenager raised $1,161, enough to sponsor a paver on the plaza.

“Looking into the beautiful pools of water that stand at the site where the Twin Towers fell, I think of all of the children whose parents were lost on 9/11 and some as young as me on that day who will never remember their parents,” Sophie said.

By Anthony Guido, 9/11 Memorial Communications Manager