9/11 Kids Help Others, Rebuild Community
FOX 7 News Austin
February 23, 2012
As a city rebuilds after the worst terror attack in U.S. history, some of September 11's youngest victims are doing the same, one community project at a time. On this day it's in Austin, building homes for Habitat for Humanity.
"It's hard today and it's 10 years later, it never fully goes away," said 19-year-old Francesca Picerno, who lost her father Matthew on 9/11.
"I lost my father and my uncle, and they both worked at Cantor-Fitzgerald together."
On this day the girls joined 20 others, all who share a common bond.
"When we need to we just vent to each other about it because we know we understand," said Picerno.
It's all possible through a non-profit aimed at healing victims of terrorism.
Their chaperones also have a story. Margaret Iskyan lost her husband that Tuesday morning.
"We had just celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary on September 7," said Iskyan.
She joined Tuesday's children, she says, because she didn't want her kids to feel like victims.
"I wanted them to realize that awful things happen, but look at all the wonderful things that came back to us from all over the world quite frankly," said Iskyan.
It's a way to move forward, she says, while remembering their loved ones.
Their hard work in Austin is also making a huge difference for habitat for humanity. The work completed by these teens in 3 days puts the construction weeks ahead of schedule.