Chronicles of a Country Girl (amazing photography!)
and read her recent post 1000 Cranes for Japan.
(waiting while you click over and read her great post about all the paper cranes being made all over the world for relief efforts in Japan.....take your time, I'll wait...)
While this sparked my interest for a few reasons, mostly I think its a great relief effort for kids to participate in.
Ethan is my older son, he's ten. (that's Jack on the right)
He's a great kid, a typical boy in so many ways, loving and happy 90% of the time. Not only is his glass half-full, he's sure its going to be filled right up again any second.
Love that kid something awful.
But ten seems to be a curious age. All of a sudden...he realized that homework is a serious thing, and studying leads to good grades, and teachers become grumpy when you talk a lot....hmm.
Along with all that, he has become more aware of the suffering in the world. He can certainly empathize with a disaster that involves earthquakes (we're here in sunny southern California, atop the San Andreas fault-line), and has been curious about ways to help people on the other side of the world.
Back to the paper cranes....Students Rebuild http://studentsrebuild.org/japan/ has partnered with
DoSomething.org and is making paper cranes to trigger a donation to Architecture for Humanity (to be used in Japan). The Bezos Family Foundation will be donating $2 for each crane received. The goal is 100,000 cranes which will then be woven into an art exhibit and gifted to the youth of Japan.
Origami for cash.....one paper crane for $2.00. Kids can do that! Kids can do that a lot!!!
You can either send them directly
1700 7th Avenue
STE 116 # 145
Seattle, WA 98101
or (if you have over 50) email them
and they will send you a self-addressed box to mail them in.
Both Chronicles of a Country Girl and Students Rebuild have links to you tube videos showing how to make the cranes....
Its such a simple thing, even if you only send one, and a great way for our kids to feel like they can help.
Gotta run! I'm off to Michael's to pick up some origami paper! Now where did I put this week's coupon...
Love to all,