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He Does It Again! Owen Byrne, Origami Salami Ridgewood(Queens) New York City, folds 1,000 Origami Cranes, for Folding for Good!

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When the call goes out to Fold for Good, Owen Byrne, President, Origami Salami Queens, New York City, answers big. He folded 1,000 for Operation Sandy Hook and answered with an encore for, “Folding for Good for Franklin Regional.” This time, he also strung his army of 1,000 and accented with a top ring of silver beads reading, “Peace; Hope; Love.” There is a white leader crane crowning the top. Do one good deed a day….or maybe a thousand when you make the time for it.

Here are Owen’s thoughts about Folding for Good for Franklin Regional.

Calista, 

Since I’m a firm believer in doing one good deed a day for others, it was an easy decision for me to participate in the Franklin Regional High School OS Project.

It took me two weeks and all of my free time, which I don’t have a lot of: between homework, research projects, saxophone and piano practice for concerts, scouting and few more activities, I had to stay up late quite a few nights to fold cranes. photo 3

Folding the 1000 cranes for FRHS meant a lot to me. I know that I can’t prevent violence in schools, but what I can do is to promote peace – that is what I want to achieve by making these peace cranes ‘armies’ for those schools which experience such sadness.

At first, my plan was to just make simple Senbazuru, but when I was at the craft store to get plain beads and string for it, I found beads with peace, hope, love words on them, and at that moment I knew I had to include them in my Senbazuru.

For me, peace in my design stands for: all kids deserve to grow up in a peaceful and happy environment. Schools should be a safe place for all.

Love stands for: show respect towards one other and be nice to the people around you.

Hope stands for: no more violence in schools. Hope that somebody will notice troubled kids and help them before they use violence as a way to be seen or heard.

As I was folding the cranes, I was thinking about the life story of Sadako Sasaki and her words: “I will write peace on your wings and you will fly all over the world.”

Peace to You,

Owen

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