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50 cranes


Shoebox a gift two times over


Take Adams (pictured here) presented a shoe box filled with 50 origami cranes to the owners of the Chance’s R Restaurant recently. The cranes have been added to the count of Epworth Village Cranes for Hope & Healing, one-thousand of which have been underwritten by the restaurant at 50-cents apiece.



Take Adams read a story recently in the York News-Times which took her back. Back to the home in Okinawa, Japan where she grew up; back to her youth and the tough times following World War II.


“I read the story in the York paper. I was so sorry about the girl … Sadako … just like my sister; with the same name … they died the same year (1955). My sister was so beautiful,” Adams tells.


The York News-Times article to which Adams is referring, told of a young girl who suffered from exposure to radiation following the dropping of the atom bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. A young girl named Sadako, and the ancient Japanese legend promising those who fold one thousand origami cranes be granted a wish for healing and the gift of hope.  The article spoke of Alex, a client at Epworth Village, who learned of the story; asking Epworth Village supporters to take the legend of the crane to heart and fold cranes to provide hope and healing to Nebraska children and families.


Adams, clearly moved by the tale, told several of her friends Epworth Village was folding cranes. She explained the story, and how her sister and the little girl shared the same name.


“So my friend Reiko from Crete decided to fold some cranes (for Epworth Village). She works in the school in Crete. There are fifty of them,” Adams states, proudly looking down into a shoebox filled with colorful cranes, “they are beautiful.”


Reiko’s gift of origami cranes to her friend are on display at the Chance’s R. They have been counted in the thousand which will benefit CASA for York County and are a gift twice given with much love and hope.






Marcia Schlegelmilch

Public Relations/Fundraising Coordinator

2119 N. Division Ave.

PO Box 503

York, NE 68467

(402) 362-3353 ext. 1144


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