Sisters craft 1,000 origami cranes to donate to Valley Hospital patients and staff

Two Ridgewood High School sisters say that they wanted to do something nice for health care workers, so they turned to a craft taught to them by their grandmother.

News 12 Staff

May 20, 2020, 1:12 AM

Updated 1,434 days ago

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Two Ridgewood High School sisters say that they wanted to do something nice for health care workers, so they turned to a craft taught to them by their grandmother.
Yurina and Mayuna Homma have spent the past month in lockdown making 1,000 origami cranes – a Japanese tradition. They will donate these paper cranes to the health works at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood to be hung up so they can bring cheer to patients and staff.
“We don’t really feel like we were really helping out to ease the spreading or anything just by staying home,” Mayuna says. “We were like, ‘What can we really do to show appreciation?’”
The girls will deliver the cranes to the hospital on Wednesday.
“A lot of people are making videos and showing it to the hospital and making signs, which is really positive. But we wanted to do something different to show our feeling,” says Yurina.
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The sisters learned how to make the cranes from their grandmother.
“We remember that when we were little, my grandmother had cancer. We made 1,000 cranes for her as a gift so that she could feel better in the hospital,” Mayuna says. “Because having a rainbow of paper cranes is super nice to have when you’re feeling down.”
At a time when people across New Jersey and the country are feeling compelled to just do something to help, they are reaching out for whatever skill set they have. It could be baking, dancing, singing or origami.
The sisters said that it took them about a month to make all of the cranes. They worked on the project a few hours every day.


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