The founding opportunity for SOS came in the wake of the tornadoes that struck many homes and schools in the Hempfield School District & the Japanese tsunami in the Spring of 2011. FRMS students collaborated together to create an in & out-of-school project. Over 2 days, 50 students traveled to the Westmoreland Co. Salvation Army (WCSA) to organize donations to be given to families affected by the tornado. The students at school made origami cranes to send to an organization that donated $ to Japan for every crane created. The students read a story about the tradition the crane plays and made bookmarks that signify faith, hope, and love. 49 of the 50 that attended the WCSA trip stated they had never had the chance to volunteer before and all 50 stated they would love to do again. These responses became the genesis of SOS.