The Sellwood Community House decides to support Ukraine by making and gifting paper cranes. Here's the story...

DAVID F. ASHTON - At Sellwood Community House, Ginny Yavorskyi and Pastor Volodymyr Yavorskyi of Sellwoods St. John the Baptist Orthodox Ukrainian Church accept handmade gifts from the Sellwood Community Houses Ronnie Carey, and project organizer Tina Osterink. In support of their neighbors from Ukrane, the neighborhood-operated, nonprofit Sellwood Community House hosted a community project for adults and children to fold origami paper "peace" cranes, in the colors of the Ukrainian flag – blue and gold.

The project, which ran during most of March and into April, culminated on Saturday morning, April 2, with a presentation to Pastor Volodymyr Yavorskyi of Sellwood's St. John the Baptist Orthodox Ukrainian Church.

"With the help of Ronnie Carey of the Community House, we were able to make about 500 cranes," said project organizer Tina Osterink.

It was a multi-generational and cross-cultural neighborhood-wide effort, Osterink pointed out. Volunteers involved included staff from the Community House, SMILE and Sellwood-Westmoreland community members, Llewellyn Elementary students, and youth with the 59th Johnson Creek Outdoor Service Guides, Cub Scout Pack 64, and Girl Scout Troop 10492.

"We did this to extend support to our neighbors, so they know that we're here to support them," Osterink told THE BEE. "This is a wish for peace; and not only is it a visual support, we're also trying to work out a way to raise funds to support the people in Ukraine."

More than simply baskets full of paper cranes, the pastor was also presented a framed flag made of cranes, a suspended mobile, and appropriately-colored flowers from the Sellwood Flower Shop.

"We are very grateful for the support and friendship of our neighbors," Pastor Yavorskyi acknowledged when receiving the gifts.

You can make donations to their cause through the website of Sellwood's St. John the Baptist Orthodox Ukrainian Church –

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