It's not breaking news, but a young man at Epworth Village by the name of Alex, has been folding origami cranes. 1000 origami cranes to be precise. To achieve his goal, Alex got help from the other clients at Epworth, as well as members of the York and Crete communities. The first 1000 cranes are finished and about 40 of them have taken residence in the CASA for York County offices.
According to Japanese legend, anyone who folds 1000 origami cranes will be granted a wish or eternal good luck. The story became popular after the bombing of Hiroshima when little girl named Sadako, who was only two years old at the time, was exposed to radiation during the atomic blast, which caused her to develop leukemia. When she was twelve years old, she set out to fold 1000 cranes. Depending on where you hear the story, there are two different endings. In one telling, Sadako was able to fold 644 cranes before she was too weak to continue and, after she died, her classmates finished the other 356 in her memory. But according to the Hiroshima Memorial Peace Museum, she not only completed the 1000, but she kept folding more cranes until she passed.
But what does this have to do with CASA? Well, Alex and his friends set out on this folding adventure with the wish of hope and healing for the children and families of Nebraska. To help Alex achieve his goal, Tom and Suzanne Vanous offered to underwrite the project at $1 per crane. That is $1000 for 1000 cranes. And Alex chose to donate half that money to CASA for York County, in order to "give back to someone else who helps kids like us"
Alex isn't done though. He's reached the 1000 crane mark but he is still going. According to The York News-Times the next 1000 cranes will be to raise money, and a wish, for the Epworth Village Music Program. Once he's gone that far, who knows what will be next. You can donate folded cranes or help underwrite the next batch of cranes by contacting Marcia Schleglemich at 402-362-3353, ext 1144 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
by Melody K. Coehoorn