Girl Scout Troop 5325 at Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple folded and collected more than 2,500 origami hearts to bring attention to promote a message of love, inclusion and unity.
The project was inspired by Paper Tree, an origami store in San Francisco, which began the “Hearts for Love” movement to combat the increase in AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) hate crimes since the start of the pandemic.
In addition to folding origami hearts and creating the displays, the Girl Scouts collected hearts from temple members and friends with an overwhelming response.
A special shout out to our Jr. YBA, who contributed 600 hearts. What made the hearts so special was that so many wrote thoughtful, impactful messages like, “Compassion,” “Love One Another,” “Tolerance,” and “Stop Asian Hate” that our temple community felt the need to share.
The Senior 1 (ninth-grade) girls of Troop 5325 helped put together the display, which now adorns the temple’s lobby doors and windows in a colorful display calling for an end to h