Teens promote acceptance as part of Seven Days of Kindness

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- A group of teenagers came out for an interfaith workshop Saturday evening. It was part of the Jewish Community Center's Seven Days of Kindness.

"There is so much we can learn about ourselves and the world around us from folks who believe differently than we do," said guest speaker Samantha Nichols, who came out to Cleveland Chiropractic College for the event.

Dawson Gardner, who was close friends with Reat Underwood, who was shot and killed during the JCC shootings, said he thinks Reat would be proud of how Saturday's event went.

"I think he would first laugh at me because I don't think he would expect me to do this and he would then just say good job, way to work," Gardner told FOX 4.

Gardner said the two were in talent shows together, were in boy scouts and eagle scouts together and were more like brothers than friends. He said Underwood's smile couldn't be forgotten.

"The way he interacted with everybody, he was friends with everyone, he was outgoing," he said.

Organizers said the goal of the event is to teach people about accepting everybody, regardless of their religious beliefs. The Seven Days of Kindness will wrap up on Monday with a peace walk.

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