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In January 2005, Nate Berkus shared his personal account of the tsunami disaster and since then, he has received thousands of letters and e-mails of support—many from children.

English teacher Beth Barnes, of Harper's Ferry Middle School in West Virginia, was just one of the millions of viewers touched by Nate. "I really wanted to talk to my kids about the tsunami and teach them about compassion and how to help people when you're sad," she says.

The students decided to write letters to Nate sharing their own life experiences.

Cullen: It is always hard to lose someone close to you. I know how you must feel because I lost someone, too. I hope you can start to get happy soon.

Grace: When I'm sad, I listen to music and that makes me feel better.

Brittany: I kind of know how you feel because I lost my great grandma. You should think about some of the good times you had with Fernando to make you feel better.

Ms. Barnes says her class was so thrilled when they got a letter back from Nate, they framed it!
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