BOISE -- The earthquake, tsunami, and overall tragedy in Japan is a difficult thing to explain to children. Many, like Parker Bava, want to know what they can do to help the people of Japan.
That is why Parker's family decided to do something together, using the Japanese tradition of origami.
Folding paper into animals is not an easy skill. But little Parker Bava is getting the hang of it, folding these paper cranes here at the College of Idaho. It's a Japanese tradition called Senba-zuru.
Parker may just be five years old but she knows all about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
Like many kids, she saw the images the day of the quake and she told her parents she wanted to help.
"It didn't take a lot of explanation or soothing her to make her know that people are hurting," said Amy Bava, Parker's mother.
"I grew up in Japan so it's a particularly important place to me, Parker realized the impact this has on us as a family," Parker's father Brian Bava said "We came up with the idea of putting together a thousand cranes memorial."
An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds 1,000 origami cranes will be granted a wish. The Bava family's wish is for Japan to recover.
"We've had a lot of students here today that have been folding cranes, it's wonderful to see the whole community coming together for Japan." said Brian.
Each crane will bring in a one dollar donation for the Red Cross.
"I'm not an expert in Origami or anything, but I can make a crane in my sleep." said Parker's mom.
She knows this is an important life lesson for their daughter on giving to others in need.
"She's a pretty empathetic person and I think it's important to her to feel like she can do something." said Amy.
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