Cranes by Western MA Kids for Japan

Nola-rae Cronan of Easthampton, MA writes:

In response to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, a group of children ranging from four to ten have joined together to raise money for relief efforts. They have decided to fold 1,000 paper cranes in the tradition of the Japanese legend that guarantees a wish to anyone who folds 1,000 cranes. All proceeds from the sales of each crane will go to the Red Cross.

Together (along with help with friends and family) they have folded more than 400 cranes in a little over one week. They have begun to place cranes and cups at local shops to collect donations. These shops include: Mt. Tom’s Ice Cream, Easthampton; Manhan Cafe, Easthampton; Shelburne Falls Coffee, Easthampton; Antonio’s Pizza, Easthampton; Silver Spoon, Easthampton; The Williston Northampton School, Easthampton; Northampton Community Music Center, Northampton; Soora, Northampton; Cup and Top Cafe, Florence; Toy Box, Amherst and The Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School, Hadley (where several participating children attend). We hope to have even more locations by next week.

Community members are encouraged to visit these local businesses to buy a crane to support the relief efforts of the Red Cross in Japan.  For more information, please contact Nola-rae at

How to Fold Paper Cranes

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Photo credits (ccl: Vincent van der Pas; scotproof)

Change for Kids: Working With Other Nonprofits to Make a Difference

Change for Kids: Working With Other Nonprofits to Make a Difference

In 1996, a group of friends decided to make a difference by raising money to buy school supplies for kindergarten teachers at four New York City schools. Three fund-raising events later, other individuals and nonprofit organizations interested in making a difference joined the effort.  Check out this link to find a description of how nonprofit organizations can work together over at Education World®.

Support Valley Free Radio, Home of the Hilltown Family Variety Show

It’s fundraising time over at Valley Free Radio,
WXOJ 103.3FM Northampton, MA,
home of the Hilltown Family Variety Show.
(413) 584-1160, (413) 585-1033

Valley Free Radio (WXOJ 103.3FM) is a non-profit, community based and volunteer run radio station for the Greater Northampton area. It is truly a non-commercial radio station. The station is supported by members of our community and accepts no underwriting.

Join me (host, Sienna) and good friend and long time supporter Helen from Cup and Top this Saturday (09/27/08) from 9-10am for our fundraising drive.  We are giving away A LOT OF FREE STUFF to listeners that call in between 9-10:30am to make a pledge of $25 or more to the station.  If you make a pledge of $40 or more you get to pick two.

Check out our juicy list of premiums below of CD’s, DVD’s, Book’s and T-Shirt’s from all the great artists we feature on the Hilltown Family Variety Show.  But this is only while supplies last.  So call us on Saturday between 9-10:30am to make your financial pledge to this great community resource!


  • I Can Do it By Myself by AudraRox
  • Grace’s Bell by Ben Rudnick & Friends
  • Here comes Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could by Brady Rymer
  • Napper’s Delight by Dean Jones
  • Freedom in a Box by The Deedle Deedle Dees
  • Different by Elizabeth Street
  • Cranberry Sauce Flotilla by Dog on Fleas
  • When I Get Little by Dog on Fleas
  • Best Friends by Ellen and Matt
  • Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang by Gwendolyn and the Good Time Gang
  • I Wanna Play by Bill Harley
  • Silly Reflections by Lunch Money
  • The Pod Squad by Hot Peas ‘N Butter
  • Might As Well Sing by Mr. Richard
  • Tummy Talk by Mr. Richard
  • Opus Ditty and the Joyride Jet Engine Bus by Opus Ditty
  • Road Trip by Rebecca Freeza
  • Music in My Heart by Rebecca Frezza
  • Monkey Town by Recess Monkey
  • Wonderstuff by Recess Monkey
  • Music Makes Me Happy by Robbie K & Friends
  • Electric Storyland by The Sippy Cups
  • Kids Rock for Peas by The Sippy Cups
  • Plays Well With Others by Uncle Rock
  • Uncle Rock U by Uncle Rock

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