Touched by the enormity of the tragedy that left three Israeli children mourning their parents and three siblings, two young girls on the campus of Ohio State University decided to sell cookies to passersby to raise money for the survivors.

Within the space of just 48 hours, Margalit, 11, and Batya Deitsch, 8, whose parents direct the Schottenstein Chabad House in Columbus, Ohio, raised $1,650, a gesture from half a world away to show the remaining children of slain Itamar residents Rabbi Udi and Ruth Fogel that they weren’t alone.

“It is a small token of the generosity of sisters far away,” says the girls’ mother, Chabad-Lubavitch emissary Sarah Deitsch. “It cannot erase their pain or ease their future, but it underlines the unity and love that exists amongst the Jewish people.”

When Deitsch told her children about the March 11 murder of the Fogels and three of their children by a Palestinian terrorist who invaded their Itamar home, she cried with them. One of those killed was a baby, all of three months old.

“Mommy, can we say that the three-month-old’s mission was over?” Batya asked her mother.

Deitsch didn’t have an answer.

“What we can do,” she said, “is to do good deeds to counteract the pain and darkness.”

Baking cookies was Margalit’s idea. When she returned home from school a day after she heard the news, she questioned what would happen to the remaining children in Israel. She had dreamed of opening a kosher cookie business to serve the students at Ohio State, and she wanted the proceeds to go to the Fogels.

“We can sell the cookies to students, and I can even make cupcakes, and Batya can help me,” she excitedly told her mother, “and we can give the money to those kids.”

After spending every free hour in the kitchen and with orders coming in from classmates, teachers, and students, cookies were being sold round-the-clock at the Chabad House.

Ohio State students came by to pick up a cookie or two, and left an extra donation for the effort.

“I wish these things didn’t have to happen in order to show Jewish unity,” remarked one visitor.

“In the face of great tragedy, we often forget the resilience and the determination of children,” stated the girls’ father, Rabbi Zalman Deitsch. “They are quick to grasp hold of and allow life to flourish where darkness once stood. With the help of thousands of Jewish children worldwide, we hope the Fogel children will do just that.”