I remember back in grade school, we had a Japanese woman(whose name I can't even remember) who helped us learn of her culture. One such aspect was the story of Sadako Sasaki and the thousand paper cranes, about a dying girl who wanted to make a thousand cranes so she could recover from her lukemia and live. After hearing of the disasters in Japan these last few days,
and I felt this was an appropriate way to send our thoughts and prayers to those suffering there right now. Together, we constructed 103 cranes so far.
I really wish we could do more than just making cranes, but we're short on cash at the moment. Still, if there's even the slightest chance that our prayers and well wishes can reach even one person over in Japan and lift their spirits even in the slightest, then we owe it to them to try. They need every shred of goodwill the world can muster right about now.
I'd also like to encourage any of the equally financially-challenged out there to send out your thoughts and prayers to those suffering from these recent disasters in any way you can.
Also, for those who can, you can donate money to the red cross on their website. [link]