I know many parents who are feeling conflicted about how to discuss the recent Sandy Hook shootings with their children. My first thought was to tell my son nothing at all, but then I realized that he’d eventually hear about it from someone else.
I’m not sure how much of it he really understands, but I know he’s been asking if there is anything he can do to help the kids who’ve lost their friends and classmates.
If your children are aware of the shootings and want to do something to help, I encourage you and your family to participate in Origami Salami‘s “Operation Sandy Hook” peace crane folding project.
Origami Salami is a group of young origami enthusiasts from around the United States that work together on various educational and charitable folding projects.
The group is hoping to collect cranes from around the world to send to the elementary school children affected by the shooting so they will know that they are in our thoughts and prayers. Origami cranes are widely recognized as a symbol of peace, hope, and love.
Origami Salami asks that you label your cranes with your name and where you are from, then mail them to:
P.O. Box 1324
Wexford, PA 15090-1324
If you mail a picture of the cranes to FoldingforGood@gmail.com, they will be posted on the Origami Salami Facebook page.
Based on past experience, I’d say most children ages 10 and up should be able to fold a crane with minimal adult assistance. Younger kids will probably need more help, unless they are “crafty” or have a lot of previous origami experience.
Photo credit: Dana Hinders