Jamie Ohmenzetter of Good Omens shows some of the origami cranes she has made to raise money for relief work in Japan.

Jamie Ohmenzetter of Good Omens shows some of the origami cranes she has made to raise money for relief work in Japan.

Paper cranes raise money for Japan

A flock of origami cranes are helping to raise money for the rebuilding of Japan following the earthquake earlier this month.

On March 11, a 9.0-magnitude earthquake occurred near the northeastern coast of Japan, triggering tsunami waves which hit the country minutes afterward.

The earthquake has left thousands confirmed dead, injured or missing while millions have been affected by loss of electrical power, water and transportation.

Jamie Ohmenzetter of Good Omens coffee shop on Kelly Avenue has been making paper cranes which she is offering for a minimum $2 donation.

Her goal is to raise $5,000 for the rebuilding of schools and hospitals in Japan.

The money she raises will go to the Summerland Rotary Club and from there to Rotary International.

Ohmenzetter said the cranes are a traditional Japanese origami structure. She learned to make them when she visited Japan earlier.

The cranes are available at Good Omens, Just Delicious Bistro and Willowbrook Lane.