We began our 1000 Cranes Project in response to the earthquake and tsunami that hit the eastern coast of Japan. The story goes that a wish is granted for those that make 1000 folded cranes. The crane is seen as a mythical creature with a lifespan of 1000 years. Each crane is to represent one year of the crane’s life.
The 1000 cranes is often seen as a symbol of hope, happiness and longevity. We wanted to bring this sentiment to the people who have been affected by the events in Japan. But we thought the idea of making a crane and sending the actual crane to us would deter some people from participating. So we decided to ask for the images of the cranes. In the end, we wanted to make a collage of the cranes and send it along with our donation to let the people of Japan know that not only did we want to help with a monetary donation but that we are sending our hopes and dreams along with it.
The response has been tremendous. We have received crane pictures from Germany, India, the Czech Republic, Canada, Mexico and of course, all over the U.S. We have several submissions from classes in the NY Metro area. The teachers we have reached out to have been so kind and generous with their time and have been enthusiastic about sharing this project with their students. We are up to about 650 cranes now, with more on the way.
I’ve attached a link here that gives step-by-step animated instructions on how to fold a paper crane: http://origami.org.uk/origamicrane how cool is that?
If you’d like to participate, please make a crane, take a picture of it and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll add it to our chart and donate $5 for each crane to Savethechildren.org specifically for the Japan Earthquake Tsunami Relief Fund. They help displaced children and their families by setting up child friendly areas in evacuation centers. There’s a lot of kids out there who have lost a lot and Save The Children are helping them cope with the tragedy.
We are truly lucky to have wonderful customers and friends who have been doing what they can to help with our project. You can view all the beautiful crane images that we have received on our Facebook page.
Thank you for doing something to make a difference!