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OKLAHOMA CITY - It’s been more than two months since the tornadoes ripped through Oklahoma and the worldwide support continues, which includes 1,000 paper cranes ending up at the Myriad Botanical Gardens.

The cranes traveled all the way from Japan, representing a gift to honor storm victims.

"It takes about five minutes to make one," said Goodner.

When you're making 1,000 of these paper cranes, which adds up to hours of folding time.

Candice Goodner, originally from Oklahoma, was teaching English in Sai Tama, Japan when the tornadoes hit her home state back in May.
She wanted to do something, so she rallied students from three schools in Japan to create what's called a Senbazuru, which is a collection of vibrant paper cranes, representing mystical or holy creatures that are said to live for a thousand years.

"The legend says that if you fold 1,000 cranes that you can make a wish," said Goodner.

A wish that now hangs from the ceiling of the Crystal Bridge Lobby at the Myriad Botanical Gardens.

Each one of these cranes was individually folded, representing a symbol of hope and healing for tornado victims in Oklahoma.

"That one looks great, they all do," said Goodner.

A project State Senator David Holt supports.

He and Goodner went to high school together.

She reached out to him when looking for a place to display the cheerful decoration.

"These cranes that you see here are evidence that sympathy and human care knows no distance," said Sen. Holt.

Traveling thousands of miles to help light up Oklahoma, with bright colors strung together, showcasing unity.

"To let the people of Oklahoma know that even as far away as Japan, people I didn't even know we're folding origami cranes we're mailing them to me to be a part of that," said Goodner.

The paper display at the Crystal Bridge lobby will be set up through the end of August.