Cranes for Kids
If you haven’t had the opportunity before now to make a crane or two, grab a sheet of paper and whip one up. The deadline is today, but since the day ain’t over yet there’s still plenty of time to do something good. Here’s a really good instructional video if you’re at a loss on how to make them.
When you’re done, you can post a picture of your crane collection to Osh Kosh B’gosh’s Facebook page so that it counts in their Cranes for Kids program. For each paper crane that you make, OKB will donate one item of children’s clothing to the relief effort in Japan. For my boys, this has been a tangible link between action and result. The boys each made 4 cranes on their own – socks, pants, undies and a shirt – for a child in Japan. Now, I don’t know if OKB is actually donating complete outfits, but if thinking of it that way helped my kids link doing something with their own hands to physically help another person on the other side of the world, then I’m calling that well done.
If you check out the comments on that video, there is a link to Paper Cranes for Japan via DoSomething.org. While their paper crane challenge is over (raising $400,000 for rebuilding efforts in Japan), DoSomething is still going strong with other opportunities for involvement, including the EpicBookDrive to re-stock school libraries affected by Hurricane Katrina (and yes – schools, businesses and residents are STILL suffering adverse effects from Katrina). You can donate books through the EBD for free through June 1.
There are a ton of other awesome opportunities to act, both on websites like DoSomething and in your community. Find something you’re passionate about – something your kids are passionate about – and do it. Talk to other people about it. Every little bit helps.
Thinks to think about:
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” — Dr. Seuss (The Lorax)
“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” — Elie Wiesel
“A change is brought about because ordinary people do extraordinary things.” — Barack Obama
“I for one believe that if you give people a thorough understanding of what confronts them and the basic causes that produce it, they’ll create their own program, and when the people create a program, you get action.” — Malcolm X
“It does not take a majority to prevail … but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.” — Samuel Adams
“New and stirring things are belittled because if they are not belittled the humiliating question arises ‘Why then are you not taking part in them?” — H.G. Wells
“Think about it: virtually every atrocity in the history of humankind was enabled by a populace that turned away from a reality that seemed too painful to face, while virtually every revolution for peace and justice has been made possibly by a group of people who chose to bear witness and demanded that others bear witness as well.” — Melanie Joy