We’re off to a great start! We sold over $1,500 sold from the store in the first day on top of $2,800 from direct donations from BrickUniverse. Let’s keep going!
Our store is now open for the 2016 fundraiser! Visit our store to see what’s for sale this year and check back often as new creations will be added until November 15th. Anyone can donate a creation to the store before November 15th. Here’s to another record-breaking year!
Creations for Charity is now accepting donations of custom Lego creations for our 8th annual fundraiser. Any Lego fan can contribute a custom Lego creation to our online store opening from October 15th to November 30th. Sales will be used to buy Lego sets for children in need across the world. Participation is easy! Simply submit a donation form and we will notify you when your creation sells and where to ship it. Learn more at our about us page!
When you contribute $20 or more to the fundraiser, you will receive a double-sided printed brick. The front features “Creations for Charity 2016” and the back reveals part of a design that will become complete when you collect the bricks from any 3 consecutive years.
In the seven years that I have organized Creations for Charity, I am most grateful for the growing support from the Lego community in making the fundraiser a success year after year. This holiday season, we donated over $18,600 worth of Lego products to children around the world from USA, Canada, Brazil, Hungary and Australia. We gave Lego sets to kids in hospitals, orphanages, shelters and to organizations like Toys for Tots that specializes in distributing Lego to underprivileged children. I want to thank everyone who played a role in making this possible and hope for your continued support in the future.
2015 was our biggest year for Creations for Charity. We set a new record of $18,056 raised and distributed Lego sets to 8 locations in the world. Over the years we have had a steady growth of donors who contributed creations for sale in our store. This year was no exception as we received more than 230 unique custom creations from builders of diverse skill levels and nationalities. You see a list of all the items sold this year. In addition, we received monetary donations from organizations including Brickworld, BrickUniverse, Bricklink and Beyond the Brick, which accounted for over a third of our funds raised this year. Even after donating $18,600 worth of Lego sets, we still have over $4,000 left in our funds to grow our organization next year.
Szent Mihány Children’s Home in Budapest, Hungary
Numbers aside, it brings me more joy to hear from our distributors about their donation experiences. This year, we had the help of 8 amazing individuals who volunteered to spend our funds to buy Lego and distribute them in their local area to kids in need. They have each taken photos of their donation, which you can see in the posts on our website from December to January. Some were able to build the sets alongside the children. For many of the kids, it was their first time playing with Lego and owning a Lego set.
Casa Lar Fraternidade OraAçao in Vila Velha, Brazil
Going forward, I am optimistic about what lies ahead for Creations for Charity. Now that we have grown to a sizable organization, we plan to apply for recognition as a 501(c) nonprofit organization to achieve tax-exemption on our purchases in the US. With our remaining funds, we are looking to expand our distribution next year to new countries. In the meantime, we are seeking help to revamp our website and to connect us closely to popular social media platforms to improve our outreach. The Lego community is full of talented individuals and generous donors, and I am grateful for everyone’s support in making Creations for Charity an annual tradition of the Lego community to give back. Here’s to another successful year in 2016!
KidzWish in Wollongong, Australia
It is amazing to see the growth of donations year after year with Creations for Charity. I want to thank this wonderful community for their belief and support in us.
This year, it was my privilege to be invited to be part of the distribution coordinators team. I confess that this was unexpected but I was extremely happy join and help bring a little joy to those people who no longer know what it means. I was not able to get the LEGO sets before Christmas due to a delay in delivery. In a way I think this turned out to be a good thing since orphanages receive many visitors during the Christmas holidays and no visitors during January. I asked a group of my closest friends to join me and we selected two orphanages. We donated over $2,250 worth of Lego sets. The first orphanage was Casa Lar Walter de Souza Barcelos, which consisted of adolescents who unfortunately were not adopted and already very close to the age limit allowed to stay in foster care.
The second orphanage was Casa Lar Fraternidade OraAçao, which consisted of infants, toddlers and children who are waiting to be adopted.
The kids were super excited and happy. Spending the day with them and seeing their big smiles while constructing and deconstructing the LEGO sets was simply amazing. Thanks again to all who have contributed in some way to the realization of this beautiful work. I hope we have another wonderful year in CFC.
Once again I am blown away by the generosity and effort put forth by the community in helping to contribute to another record setting year. A big thank you and round of applause for your help 🙂
This will be my 3rd (or 4th year, I’ve lost count) as a contributor and my 2nd year as a coordinator located in the US. I learned from some mistakes I made last year and did my best to purchase as many sets as possible with my allocated funds. Before I get to the numbers I would like to say a big thank you to Jack at Chowren Toys who worked with me and discounted a few items to a price which allowed me to purchase a large number of two different poly bags.
I was able to purchase $3,331.93 worth of LEGO with my $1,500 in funds which wound up being a whopping 55% off retail! That translates into 121 full sets and 175 poly bags for a total of 296 children in the El Paso County area (via Toys for Tots) who received the gift of LEGO this year.
Everyone did an amazing job this year and I look forward to seeing what we can all accomplish in 2016!
Hot on the heels of another successful “Creations for Charity 24 Hour Live Stream Presented by Beyond the Brick” event this year, it was an incredible honor for me to be able to serve as a Creations for Charity distribution coordinator for the first time.
After rounding up some LEGO sets (purchased on discount to maximize the amount of LEGO given per dollar spent of course) and receiving two very generous donations from both BrickLoot and The LEGO Group; quite an impressive assortment of products for donation was amassed. All tallied up, the total retail value of these LEGO sets would be $3,439.89 USD. Wow!
I chose to donate these sets to the WakeMed Foundation. The foundation is the charitable arm of WakeMed Health & Hospitals, an operator of numerous hospitals here in the Raleigh, NC area. The WakeMed Foundation will give these LEGO sets to hospitalized children so that they can enjoy some lighthearted play while receiving treatment. Without a doubt these LEGO sets will bring smiles to the faces of many children.
A huge thank you to everyone that contributed to and was involved with Creations for Charity this year! I am continually amazed by the ability of Creations for Charity to leverage the power of the LEGO community for such a worthy cause – bringing joy and happiness to children during the holiday season.
First I’d like to say Thank You to Lego fans who donated or purchased and took part in this project. Without you, this would be impossible!
This is the second year I have participated in the Creations for Charity international fundraiser project. Last year we distributed the LEGO sets in the area of the capital city of Hungary, Budapest. This time I dreamed bigger. My plan was sending the LEGO and Duplo sets to children who are really in need and extreme poverty. Orphanages and institutes near the border usually have less money to buy or purchase presents for the children in Christmas time so I decided to transfer the LEGO sets there. We donated over $1,560 worth of sets.
First I began with a short orientation than I found Bethlen Gábor foundation with an amazing volunteer crew called „the little people of hope”. This foundation focuses on helping children, who are living in poor conditions, lost their homes or have no family. With the help of this crew, the LEGO sets could find their best places. We distributed the sets among three children’s home in three township.
Thanks to the kindness of the Lego fan community children had a different Christmas time in the Szent Mihány children’s home, in Hajdújárás Lurkóházak and in Szent Antal parish. Children who are living in orphanages or children’s home usually get used toys for present. In this Christmas, maybe for the first time, they spent hours playing with high quality unused LEGO sets. I hope we managed to give some special experience to lot of hungarian children who may didn’t have any LEGO sets until this Christmas.
I work in a LEGO store, in Budapest, called Kockashop, so it wasn’t hard to find LEGO sets in a fortunate price. I could compile more than 70 Lego sets, Duplo products and minifigures. We distributed the sets between three children’s home where more than 100 children (3-18 years old) could play with them.
It was a pleasure to experience how much help can we get from the community based on LEGO!
Thanks to the Brickworld, the BrickUniverse, the Bricklink, and the Beyond the brick crew, and last but not least to the Lego fans, it became possible to give LEGO sets to the hungarian children.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!
Thanks to your donations and support, the Dallas, TX area contribution of just over $2,300 RRP of 86 LEGO sets was given to stock Chosen Ones’ gift closet! Chosen Ones is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that helps children in foster care, children who are eligible for adoption, and families who are caring for them get support. Over 4,100 children in the Dallas-Fort Worth area are in foster care after having been removed from their parents (either temporarily or permanently) by the State due to abuse or neglect. Chosen Ones provides support groups, resources, and tangible assistance through a “Just 4 U Closet” available for foster and adopt families to use as a resource anytime they need to. In addition to stocking children’s clothes of various sizes and other toys, they are now fully stocked with LEGO sets for these children who are in very emotionally (and sometimes physically) trying situations to have and enjoy, giving them something to build, feel proud of, and use their imaginations with.
A huge thank you once again to everyone who contributed to make this happen. Your donations are making a difference and will continue making a difference for years to come!
As we round the corner to another year, and another holiday season, it is my pleasure to be once again part of Creations for Charity. Not just donations, but a little bit of purchasing, and most importantly distributing the sets that the money everyone helped raised. In years past we have donated to two hospital wings, a women’s shelter, and this year we decided to focus in on children directly and donated to Toronto Children’s Aid Society. The CAS is Toronto’s child protection services, which provide support and other services to parents; and when necessary provide safe and nurturing care for children and youth who are unable to live at home because of family problems.
Thanks to my wonderful present elves: Eric L, Julie V and Nick D, we were able to get 72 LEGO sets at deep discount and worth just under $2,900 CAD:
The CAS is always looking for LEGO, as it’s a frequent request by parents and children, but is rarely actually donated. So when we contacted them offering our donation of roughly 50 sets, they were ecstatic. So much so that several representatives were emailing and leaving phone messages to make sure everything was in order!
Due to the exceptionally good year we had a C4C we were able to go out and push a bit more and get an additional 22 sets over my original budget!
Sadly I do not have the “loaded car” photo this year – as my car wasn’t big enough for the entire donation and had to get some help delivering it…. Hopefully this will be a continuing problem that I can’t physically move the entire donation by myself 😀
As always, none of this is possible without the generous donations and purchases by the AFOL community, So thank you from bottom of my heart for help making a difference.