500 Paper Wishes
Over the last few months, our section hasbeen folding 500 paper cranes out of colorful Post-It notes. What’s special, however, is that we compiled a number of positive messages, and hid them in the folded cranes. They would be donated off to a children’s hospital to support the patients.
This project was inspired by the Japanese story where a girl named Sadako was hospitalized after the bombing of Hiroshima, and she spent her time folding 1000 paper cranes. There was an old legend that if one folded 1000 paper cranes, he or she would get a wish granted. Unfortunately, she only got to 644 cranes before she died; however, her friends completed the 1000 afterward.
Since we were on a time limit, we only folded 500 paper cranes. These 500 cranes would be donated to Advocates Children’s Hospital in Park Ridge. Along with the 500 cranes, we also donated 500 half-sheet instructions on how to fold paper cranes if the patient wished to fold one because they would have to unfold the original cranes to read the messages.
The editor of our section exchanged a few emails with the hospital, and on Monday, May 22nd, some of our section members headed to the hospital for the crane drop off. There, Kayleen Egan from the hospital, met us at the “Discharge Doors.”
This project wouldn’t have been able to be made into a reality if it wasn’t for the help of many of our section members who all helped fold the paper cranes, and our advisor for supporting us through the process. Most importantly, we thank those from the hospital who cooperated with the plan, and we wish to bring smiles to all the patients who receive cranes!
Many thanks from the members of the Anime Section!