Our love goes out to the friends and family of Trevor Wehner, Clayton Parks, Russell Beyer, Vicente Juarez and Josh Pinkard. Our hearts are with the Community and City of Aurora, IL, Government and the brave men and women of the Aurora Illinois Police Department. We now have in common not only a name but a tragedy, and we will continue to offer our support. Help us pay forward the love that has been gifted to our community by sharing our common unity with them. We will be collecting paper cranes with notes of love and support at the Aurora History Museum now through March 31st. There will be origami paper available or you can write something on one already made. You can also send your love by taking a picture of you with a sign that says “Love to Aurora, IL to the facebook page Love To Aurora, IL
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 History Museum and 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
We were thrilled to connect with caring people who sent us the 1000 cranes pictured here after our tragedy in 2012. It was their cranes that inspired our artist Douwe Blumberg when he created “Ascentiate”. Cyndi Williams, mother of Nate Williams, saw our 2018 facebook post and wrote: “The kiddo who inspired our community was my son Nate Williams who was just 15 at the time. In 5 days I watched around 100 community members come together to show love to total strangers they had never met. Most of them were just kids his age and younger and some of their parents. It was such a healing time for our community as we mourned for yours and it means so much (SO many chills and tears shed) to know that his simple devastated heart that day turned to action that is still making a difference 6 years later.” The display of 1000 paper cranes from O’Fallon became part of a permanent display in the Aurora History Museum in October of 2018.
The Williams were honored to share these pictures from 2012 of their community in O’Fallon Missouri sharing their hearts on cranes to send to us!
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. The Community came together once again in March to show support for Parkland. Aurora Channel 8’s story explains in this video: