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Archive for March, 2011

Cranes for Japan

DoSomething.org has teamed up with Students Rebuild – Paper Cranes for Japan, to raise money for the crisis in Japan. I am writing about this today because we talk of collective action during the year, bringing people together, students in particular to work for the greater good of something. This project, is wonderful because students do not need a car, solicit donations, or depend on an adult to be involved and understand they can make a difference in the world.

According to legend, anyone who folds a thousand paper cranes, which are sacred creatures in Japanese culture, will be granted a wish by a crane. With a goal to collect 100,000 origami cranes from young people to represent wishes of support and healing, the challenge hopes to raise $200,000 for the reconstruction of a youth facility by the Japanese team from Architecture for Humanity.

Students will be able to follow the efforts of Architecture for Humanity on their web site to see how their donations are being used in the rebuilding effort. And after 100,000 cranes are submitted, they will be turned into a woven art installation – a symbolic gift from students around the world to their Japanese counterparts.

On the student rebuild page there are links to a video tutorial on how to make the cranes, and also instructions how to request mailing labels for the cranes and where to send them.

Image Source Ellis Aquarius Powell

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Birthday Celebration

Yesterday we celebrated our granddaughter’s third birthday, time certainly does go by quickly, at least for me! Here are some fun facts my daughter wrote about her on the family blog. A little peak into our precious little girl.

  • She is a chatterbox, basically talking all day long. She also likes to make sure that you are hanging on her every word, by repeating herself until you acknowledge EVERYTHING that she’s said.
  • She is a constant ball of energy.
  • Her favorite color is pink.
  • She loves to sing and dance.
  • When she dances or plays any kind of musical instrument she closes her eyes and sways from side to side, so we affectionately call her “Ray”.
  • Her favorite restaurant is Moe’s.
  • She loves Dora and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.
  • She has a memory like an elephant…I am constantly amazed at the little details she remembers.
  • She LOVES her Daddy and tells everyone that she’s Daddy’s girl.
  • She has strong opinions and isn’t afraid to tell you what she wants.
  • She loves her little brother and always wants to know where he is and what he’s doing.
  • Although she had a traumatic start, she is a daily reminder of God’s goodness.
  • We love her to pieces!

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