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 SASENC2015 Community Service Project

Have you ever wondered why dreamcatchers are hoops strung like spider webs with dangling feathers and hung above your bed? It is believed that the night is filled with dreams, both good and bad. The spider web has holes that allow the good dreams to slip through and glide down the feathers to the person sleeping blow. The negative dream would get caught in the webs and wither away in the rising. As for the hoops? According to Native American culture, they are held as the most pristine honor symbolizing both strength and unity for oneself.

This fall, SASE will partner with Houston Children’s Charity (HCC) to provide a peaceful, warm, and nurturing night’s sleep to the Houston community. “A Better Night’s Sleep,” founded and operated by HCC, distributes beds to children in need. The program provides bed frames, mattresses, sheets, pillow, and blankets to thousands of children. Each bed represents an opportunity for happy dreams and a relaxing place to lay their sleepy heads at night.

The importance of quality sleep isn’t only related to resting. Scientific research has proven that there is a significant correlation between children’s sleeping habits and their performance in school. If you recall back to elementary school, there is a reason why there was nap time. Children who take naps during the day have longer attentionspans. Those who are diagnosed with attention disorders have improve their interpersonal skills and academic performance through establishing better sleep routines.

SASE, as a community, will be working towards our mission of providing quality nights of rest to the under privileged children in the Houston Community. The dream catchers you will make at National Conference ensures that they will only sleep through the night with good dreams. Your monetary contributions ensures that they will have a bed to sleep on instead of sleeping on a cold floor. But what about the big dreams their small and youthful minds are making during the day? For every dollar your region fundraises and for every origami crane you bring to Houston this fall from your chapter makes a child’s dream come true.

Thousand Dreams Campaign

The ancient Japanese tradition, senbazuru, promises that a person who folds 1,000 cranes will be granted a wish. Cranes are symbols of long life, good luck, and prosperity. Folklore says that the crane that lives for 1,000 years will grant a wish to the one who folds a thousand origami cranes. Often, groups of people come together to accomplish this task or labor of love. In line with the Community Service Project at NC 2015 of providing good dreams to children, all chapters are encouraged to fold cranes or make a donation to support this task. Each region is challenged with this labor of love to build their very own dream catcher using only cranes.  Which region is able to reach the 1000 dreams goal?

Here’s how it will work

  • Each region will be provided with a hoop with no attachments on it and a score card.  The scorecard will show the number of dreams the region sponsored.
    • Every origami is worth 5 dreams
    • Every dollar donation is worth 10 dreams
  • Please fold your origami cranes with colored paper no larger  than 5 x 5 inch paper.
  • Cranes and donations collected will be given to the Houston Children’s Charity and winners will be announced at the Dinner Gala on Friday, October 9.

When it comes to community service, every SASE member, every SASE chapter, and every SASE region can play a role. We encourage you to participate in this year’s community service project in absence of whether or not you will be there!  Now how will each region accumulate origami for their dream catcher?  Or donations?  That is up to your creativity! Please have all of your cranes and donations counted by a volunteer in the Community Service Room by 12:00 pm CST on Friday, October 9.  A prize awaits for the region who sponsors the most dreams.  If you have any questions, please contact Susan Zheng, National Conference Community Service Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Please visit this page soon for a sample origami dream catcher.