NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — This Friday marks 14 years since the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

For one teacher from Paramus, New Jersey, Sept. 12, 2001 began what has turned into a nationwide effort to give back to those protecting this country.

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“The day after 9/11, I entered my classroom and decided that I needed to address the tragedy head-on,” Jane Cosco said.

That decision grew into the non-profit organization Operation Goody Bag — a way for children and teens to honor U.S. troops and remember 9/11.

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Cosco, executive director and founder of Operation Goody Bag, stopped by the CBS2 studio Saturday to explain more about the organization and what it does to help U.S. troops all over the world.

Click on the video player above for the full interview with Cosco.

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