Cranes by Western MA Kids for Japan

Nola-rae Cronan of Easthampton, MA writes:

In response to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, a group of children ranging from four to ten have joined together to raise money for relief efforts. They have decided to fold 1,000 paper cranes in the tradition of the Japanese legend that guarantees a wish to anyone who folds 1,000 cranes. All proceeds from the sales of each crane will go to the Red Cross.

Together (along with help with friends and family) they have folded more than 400 cranes in a little over one week. They have begun to place cranes and cups at local shops to collect donations. These shops include: Mt. Tom’s Ice Cream, Easthampton; Manhan Cafe, Easthampton; Shelburne Falls Coffee, Easthampton; Antonio’s Pizza, Easthampton; Silver Spoon, Easthampton; The Williston Northampton School, Easthampton; Northampton Community Music Center, Northampton; Soora, Northampton; Cup and Top Cafe, Florence; Toy Box, Amherst and The Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School, Hadley (where several participating children attend). We hope to have even more locations by next week.

Community members are encouraged to visit these local businesses to buy a crane to support the relief efforts of the Red Cross in Japan.  For more information, please contact Nola-rae at

How to Fold Paper Cranes

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Photo credits (ccl: Vincent van der Pas; scotproof)

One Comment on “Cranes by Western MA Kids for Japan

  1. Thanks for Japan, beautiful Origami cranes .

    Great uplift for Tsunami victims and people in Japan as well as Japanese living in abroad.

    Sincere appreciations.

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