Please and Thank You

First, the thank you:

Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by (and is still stopping by) today — I’ve really enjoyed being freshly pressed! I appreciate all your comments and subscriptions, and I hope at least some of you come back to read more. Talk about inspiration to post every day! So again, thank you kindly.

Now, the please:

I know I’m not the only person who woke up to the news of the earthquake in Japan today and was left with a heavy heart. I won’t begin to describe it because there are not words, but I am keeping that country, its people, and those with loved ones there in my thoughts. I am organizing an event at work next week that I hope will, in some small way, pay forward to those in need a favor I once received.

I was a junior in college on April 16, 2007 when a gunman killed 32 people on my campus. I have carried the effects of that day with me every day since. So today when I was brainstorming ways my company could support the relief effort in Japan, I was reminded of the thousands of paper cranes that were sent to my school by Japanese school children in the days following our tragedy. The cranes are a significant symbol in Japanese culture, globally accepted as a symbol of peace and healing since the story of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes.

During the summer of 2007, I passed those cranes every day as they hung from the atrium ceiling of the student center. And every day they brought a little more peace to my heart.

Next week I will ask my colleagues to join me in making paper cranes. By asking for one dollar per crane, I hope we can raise a decent donation for the Red Cross Relief Fund. When all the cranes are finished, we will bring them to the Japanese Embassy which is not far from our office.

I understand that the scope of this situation and the one I went through are vastly different, but my hope is that the gift will have a similar effect. I am still grateful for the one I received almost four years ago.

So please, consider donating to the Red Cross Relief Fund. Or make some paper cranes. You just never know how even the smallest effort can help someone.


Posted on March 11, 2011, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Such a great idea and I love you for coming up with it.

  2. What a lovely thought – I too am astonished at the devastation in Japan and saddened for its people. I think your gesture of kindness is wonderful.

    (Congratulations to you on being Freshly Pressed).

    • Likewise was I devastated at the unexpected quake and tsunami in Japan. I happened to be getting ready on a stage ready for a presentation when we were told the news. Worse still someone on the stage had relatives there so was worried the rest of the evening. I think that what you are doing at your work place to help is absolutely wonderful:)

  3. A very unfortunate event. Sometimes mother nature is so furious that the whole mankind is as helpless as a new born!

    The moment I heard this news I made sure that one of my friend in Japan is safe. And he lives somewhere around 70miles from one of the troublesome nuclear reactors..


  4. Beautiful symbol. It is so hard to know what to do in the face of tragedy and devastation. So nice that you are taking action.

  5. Great idea Lauren, such tragic events in Japan; I hope they receive as much help and support as possible from all over the world

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