Following the devastating tragedy in Japan several troops of Girl Scouts in El Dorado County came together recently to send an expression of friendship to their sister Girl Scouts in Japan.
Girls from five different troops (and a few supportive brothers) met at Holy Trinity School to work toward their goal of folding 1,000 origami cranes. The significance of the 1,000 cranes comes from the children’s book “Sadako,” the true story of a Japanese girl who lost her battle with leukemia when she was 11 years old. Sadako’s story has become a symbol of peace and has inspired people to give gifts of 1,000 cranes.
The Girl Scouts of Japan made and mailed thousands of these cranes to the United States as an expression of peace and friendship after the September 11 tragedy. In the midst of Japan’s tragedy, these local girls decided to do the same.
At a joint Girl Scout meeting they learned how to fold 324 cranes. Several girls took origami paper home to continue the endeavor. They hope to complete the task and gather the 1,000 cranes together within a few weeks to send to Japan.
Girl Scout troops 356, 850, 1228 and 1283 were represented in this project.