Senbazuru: 1000 Cranes of Hope

American National Red Cross

Japan Disaster Relief

Senbazuru: 1000 Cranes of Hope

Donate for Japan Disaster Relief & Fold Cranes for Hope

Sponsored by Creative Space Gallery & Six Loons Studio

On March 11, 2011, a 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck Japan, spawning a 30-foot tsunami that devastated the country's northeast coast only minutes later. Entire towns were swept away or heavily damaged, thousands of people were killed, and approximately 450,000 people have been displaced and are still living in emergency shelters with no heat and limited access to food and water.

A senbazuru (千羽鶴) is a chain of 1,000 origami cranes folded and strung together. Japanese tradition holds that making a senbazuru will grant a wish, and they are often given as gifts to people facing illness or difficulty.

Senbazuru: 1,000 Cranes of Hope aims to raise funds to aid recovery efforts and to create as many senbazuru as possible to carry wishes for health, safety, and recovery to the people of Japan.

You can help reach these goals by making a donation. In return, Six Loons Studio will send you a paper crane-folding kit that includes precut paper and folding instructions. The kit will contain materials to make one crane for every dollar that you donate. You can also write messages of hope and good wishes on the cranes. So gather friends, family, colleagues, and students to donate and help fold!

Each kit also includes an envelope for you to mail in your completed cranes. On April 30, 2011, Senbazuru: 1,000 Cranes of Hope will culminate in an event at the Creative Space Gallery, when all the cranes received will be strung into senbazuru. There will also be an opportunity to purchase and fold more cranes during the event.

The completed senbazuru will be displayed at the gallery and elsewhere in the area as an expression of solidarity with the people of Japan in this difficult time, and will eventually be sent to Japan as an expression of goodwill from the people of Vermont.

Thank you for your contribution to this cause!

* Minimum donation $10 please.

** Be sure to include your e-mail on the donation form so that we can contact you about sending the kit.

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