A Giving Craft Project: Cranes For Kids Clothing

A Giving Craft Project: Cranes For Kids Clothing

Michelle Chin
Apr 20, 2011

My office has been celebrating Earth Week by working on a number of service projects. One of the most fun and easy has been folding paper cranes (out of recycled office paper) to help send clothing to children who were affected by the three disasters in Japan. You have until April 25 to join the project. Learn more about it after the jump!

The Japanese believe that anyone who makes 1,000 origami cranes will make a wish come true. The legend gained more prominence with the story of Sadako Sasaki who was injured and later died from injuries sustained during the attack on Hiroshima. Sadako is the leading symbol of the impact of nuclear war.

Osh Kosh B'gosh has created "Cranes For Kids - Giving Hope to the Children of Japan" where for every paper crane you send to them, take into one of their stores or (my favorite) upload a photo of your crane on their facebook page, they send an article of children's clothing to Japan (up to 50,000 items of clothing). You can go into one of their stores and pick up a kit that includes origami paper and instructions or do like we have and recycle paper you already have on hand!

Here's a video tutorial on how to fold a paper crane from Osh Kosh's Facebook page. You can also download pdf instructions here.

Osh Kosh states on their website, "while we can't grant every wish, we can make a difference." And so can you by joining me in this worthy project!

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