I folded this crane after making a monetary donation toward earthquake/tsunami relief. The dollar on the wing is a photographic image. The coins come from various currencies around the world.*
I was inspired by Make Paper Cranes for Japan, an activity geared especially toward children. My heart goes out to everyone in Japan, and to everyone with loved ones there. I've been helping a friend in his quest to learn about people he's been unable to reach.
This Huffington Post article includes several earthquake/tsunami relief options. The link to Charity Navigator came courtesy of Japan Times Pulse contributor Sandra Barron (@sandrajapandra) and Brain Pickings editor Maria Popova (@brainpicker).
I've been following them and the other reporters whose tweets are gathered in this list curated by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. As I write, it is about 3:30 a.m. in Japan and reporters are still tweeting, which they do, on and off, 24/7 -- sometimes from under their desks during an aftershock. If you want to see how news works live and on the ground, with links to salient articles and blogs and no small measure of camaraderie, follow this thread.
*I made the collages above using MS Paint and MS Photo Editor. This YouTube video by Rob's World was especially helpful to an origami newbie like myself.
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Proud participant, Operation E-Book Drop (provides free e-books to personnel serving overseas. Logo from the imagination and graphic artistry of K.A. M'Lady & P.M. Dittman); Books For Soldiers (ships books and more to deployed military members of the U.. armed forces); and Shadow Forest Authors (a fellowship of authors and supporters for charity, with a focus on literacy).