CNN is highlighting stories about acts of kindnesses and generosity for the holidays. Today’s story is about Sadako Sasaki, a young woman who inspired hope for peace in people all over the world though making paper cranes.
TAP’s 2008 First Night Austin theme was based on the non-fiction children’s book Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes.
The story is of a girl, Sadako Sasaki, who lived in Hiroshima at the time of the atomic bombing. She developed leukemia from the radiation and spent her time in a nursing home folding paper cranes in hope of making a thousand, which supposedly would have allowed her to make one wish, which was to live. However, she only managed to fold 644 cranes before she became too weak to fold one more, and died shortly after. People made the rest after she died and made a statue for her. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sadako_and_the_Thousand_Paper_Cranes)
TAP staff and volunteers made thousands of peace cranes for our First Night Austin parade and even sent some to Japan! Check out our previous blog about the project!
Also get involved with TAP’s First Night Austin theme this year, The Neighborhood Project. Help us inspire austinites to look for beauty and room for improvement in their neighborhoods!