In the wake of grief, a healing project benefits both giver and receiver.
Naoko Kobayashi lives in the Tri-Cities and is a native of Japan, so the devastation in her homeland tugs especially strong at her heart strings.
But you don’t have to be of Japanese heritage to empathize with the suffering of that nation.
People around the world want to help, but many feel helpless. Kobayashi’s solution is to channel those frustrations into folding paper cranes.
If you want a good cry, read Sadako and the 1,000 Paper Cranes. If you want to send a message of hope to our neighbors across the Pacific, learn to fold paper cranes.
You can do either (or both) from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Friday and April 15 at the Kennewick Library on Union Street.
Anyone who wants to help is invited. She also is seeking donations of origami paper.
Kobayashi and some of her friends want to send Japan 1,000 cranes (at least) as a symbol of hope. They also are organizing other fundraising activities. You can follow their plans and join the ranks on Facebook at Thousand + Cranes For Japan Tsunami Relief.
It might take a beginner five minutes to fold a crane. After the first few, the process goes much faster. But even an experienced folder would have to invest a significant amount of time to fold 1,000 cranes.
Never has an adage been more appropriate: Many hands make light work.