Cranes for Joy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our mission is to bring joy and blessing through the unique art of origami crane folding. Providing inspiration to people in all walks of life, Cranes for Joy will continually invent ways to display the beauty found in the deep meaning and motivation behind the history of this great art.
What we do
We are creating a community system to fold cranes for specific projects. We plan to offer a dynamic and constantly-evolving program. By engaging the community, our ambassadors, volunteers and participants will be motivated to gather and fold cranes together and share a meaningful experience. It will promote emotional healing, it will have meditative effect, and the crane folders will feel they are actively doing something useful by creating art to give to others who can emotionally benefit from this gift. Everyone will be involved in the inspired giving process.
The crane is a mystical creature throughout Asia. Cranes represent good fortune and longevity as they are believed to live for a thousand years. Folding and displaying origami cranes became famous because of a 12 year old girl named Sadako Sasaki. She developed leukemia from the effects of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. Her goal was to fold 1000 paper cranes wishing peace; however, she died before she finished her cranes. Her classmates took up the call and created the remaining cranes. A monument called the “Children’s Peace Monument” was built in a park in Hiroshima. The monument is a large statue of Sadako holding a crane above her head and setting it free. Today, all over the world, people fold cranes and give them as gift to celebrate life events and as a symbol of love, healing and peace.