COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - 'My first thought was I'm going to train, I'm going to run in the Boston Marathon cause I want to show my support," said Kari Wagner.
But Kari Wagner realized she didn't enjoy running. Instead, she turned to art to draw people together and honor those impacted by the Boston Marathon.
"And to show our unity as a country," said Wagner.
Wagner created the America 4 Boston Prayer Canvas. Every state will receive ten large canvases to paint on.
"And along the way we've met different people with stories, their connection to Boston.'
The canvases have traveled as far as California, Washington and Alaska. Here in Naples, students at Seacrest Country Day School left their mark.
"I said stay strong Boston. Have hope."
"I wrote we love you and don't give up."
"I drew a little heart and I said bless you."
Wagner has included her young daughter in the project. Teaching her there's no age limit or other requirements to helping others.
"She painted her square and she's a little girl and she painted a rainbow, and that she just loves rainbow but i said oh how sweet and she said well mommy, i painted a rainbow because it comes after the storm. And you know that everything's going to be okay," said Wagner.
For more information on the prayer canvas, prayercanvasusa.com and firstname.lastname@example.org