Letter from Stacey Jacobs:
After watching and reading the news from Japan for four days and nights, I decided on March 14 that I no longer wanted to be just a passive observer. My three children were watching and waiting, too, and I was struggling to help them understand the unbelievable tragedy we were seeing and hearing about. We all understood one thing very clearly, however: the people of Japan needed help.
I recognized that money was the help that would be desperately needed, but I wanted that money to carry the hope and goodwill everyone was feeling for the people of Japan. Remembering the legend of 1,000 cranes, the vision became very clear. One thousand schools or groups will make one thousand cranes, and each crane will represent a dollar donated to help the people of Japan. This will mean 1,000,000 goodwill wishes, and $1,000,000 going to the relief effort! I shared my idea with Karen Levy, my daughter’s fourth grade teacher, and Ahnalisa Miller and Kristy Sebok--two of my most trusted Mom friends. All three of them said….YES!!! So here we are. Now let's get folding!
Stacey Davis Jacobs, One Million Cranes Founder
Letter from Ahnalisa Miller:
When Stacey contacted me about her idea, I was completely inspired and recognized the brilliant simplicity of the concept. “Why only one thousand, why not one million” was her question, and it made sense to me. As a mother, designer and artist, the vision of children and adults participating in a potentially monumental gesture of compassion through the power of installation art was the main motivating factor to get involved and see this through. Besides, I love working with amazing Moms who stir things up!
By luck and choice we live in a town whose very identity is promoted by a sense of community and volunteerism. It is the extra effort when shared by so many that sets an example for a new generation of young people. In fact, our Middle School has a mandatory program that children must complete several hours of community service of their choice. I have been told by many visiting teens that only the “bad” kids have to serve time in community service where they live, “wow, that is really cool, you guys make it so everyone gets involved in something”. Yes, we do!
It is very satisfying to know that the hours spent setting this project in motion will have a positive effect on whoever chooses to take it on.
Wondering how to contact us?
The best way to contact us is by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are located on the beautiful Pacific Coast in Pacific Grove, California, but we invite schools and groups from all over the US to join the effort!
If you would like to register your school, group, or business, please use our registration from here.