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After Japan Earthquake, Americans Show Their Support With Facebook Paper Crane Campaign

Japan Earthquake Paper Cranes

First Posted: 03/11/11 05:08 PM ET Updated: 05/25/11 07:40 PM ET

Following the massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan, which have killed hundreds and devastated coastal areas, Americans are showing their support with an online paper crane campaign.

Organized by DoSomething.org, the "Paper Cranes for Japan" Facebook page asks young people to make a paper crane, snap a photograph of it and upload it to the page.

DoSomething.org is hoping to see 100,000 crane photos uploaded.

According to the organization,

Cranes are sacred creatures in Japanese culture. According to ancient legend, anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish -- like long life or recovery from illness -- by a crane. DoSomething.org aims to collect 100,000 photos of origami cranes from young people to represent 100 wishes for relief and healing to all who affected by this tragic natural disaster.

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Filed by Erica Liepmann  |