I first came across this wonderful product on a day out with my family at Red Hill Market during the summer months. Whilst strolling around the many arts and crafts tables, one stood out like no other... Short Story. It was like the moment Moses had parted the sea for me. Those who know me well, know that I adore Christmas decorations and I will search high and low to find that 'out of the ordinary' piece. There I stood there thinking how wonderful a decoration it would make, until I started to read the packaging of Hope in a box. It read:
“May the act of hanging a crane symbolise our support in peace and hope, honouring Sadako’s legacy”.
The story of Sadako follows a young girl who became very ill from the atomic effects of WWII. Bedridden in hospital, her determination and spirit gave life to an ancient legend that promised anyone who folded a thousand origami cranes would be granted one wish. It was Sadako’s desire to hope for good luck, long life, peace and recovery from her illness.
On the 25th of October 1955, Sadako passed surrounded by loved ones and family. Although Sadako’s thousand paper cranes did not save her life, they would take flight in another way, serving as a symbol of the growing movement for peace on earth.
Each year, children and adults from all over the world travel to the Children’s Peace Monument in Japan, hanging their own folded paper cranes as a gift to Sadako’s memory and as a symbol of their desire for peace.
I was blown away by this beautiful story that had touched me in so many ways, that I immediately got my wallet out to pay the man. As I purchased my very first Hope in a box I began to talk to William, who was the man behind this product. William showed me how passionately he feels about his work and shared his hope and dreams for the future. It was then that Kreo Home and Short Story began to work together.
Since our first encounter at the Red Hill market, Kreo Home and Short Story continue to work together, not as two businesses, but as great friends that show support and encouragement towards each other's hopes and dreams.
Each Hope in a box is handmade in Melbourne and is great for a gift or even a Christmas tree ornament. Why not have it hanging in your home to remind you of a short story of hope that touched so many people around the world.