We know first- hand the impact that banners and words of encouragement sent to us in 2012 had on us. In the past, we have sent banners with signatures from our Community to others affected by the all too familiar mass tragedies that have taken place. Selecting Douwe and his Crane design this year, has given us a new direction for giving back to others. Rather than sending banners, we will be sending wreaths made of origami cranes folded with good intention and containing words of peace and love. 2017 was a tough year and we hope that we do not have to make any wreaths to send in 2018. Our goal is to continue to fold and collect  origami cranes indefinitely to be a visual display of the amount of never-ending love and compassion that is abundant in this world.
The Aurora Strong Resilience Center  will always have origami instructions and supplies available, as well as future community crane folding sessions scheduled throughout the year. We also welcome you to fold cranes from your home or with another group that you are a part of by following the instructions below.
• Purchase a pack of 5 7/8” X 5 7/8” origami paper at any Michael’s or Hobby Lobby for under $10. The more colorful the paper and patterns the better!
• Write your positive thoughts, prayers, and words of encouragement on the white part of the paper before you fold it, or write something on a wing if you prefer.
• Instructions for folding a crane will be in the pack, or look up how to fold a crane on You-Tube.
• Bring the finished cranes to the Aurora Strong Resilience Center at: 1298 Peoria St, Aurora, CO 80011

After sending a banner to Las Vegas in October of 2017, 5 more communities were devastated by mass violence. We were so grateful to the Aurora Strong Resilience Center for offering their help in folding and gathering cranes to make wreathes filled with hope and love. They organized a crane folding event on December 20th, 2017. The response was amazing and thousands of cranes were received enabling us to create the wreaths needed for healing.