15 Mar

Creations for Charity 2012 wrap up

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The fourth annual Creations for Charity raised $9,300 in our most successful year yet! Not only did we top our previous record in the amount raised, but we also expanded our distribution to two countries outside the US including Chile and Croatia. Thank you to all who contributed to brighten the holidays of so many children!

Creations for Charity 2012 Donations

Reflections

2012 was a busy year for the fundraiser. We sold over 100 custom creations, which was a huge improvement over the previous year. The results were in part due to our new introduction video that helped bring in new participants by explaining what we do. We used the video to kick off our fundraiser and to raise additional funds on the crowd funding site called Indiegogo (but we weren’t nearly as successful there, after all Lego is a niche hobby). Through Indiegogo we raised almost $900.

The biggest part of our success still came from within the Lego community from the participation of both veteran and new Lego fans. Our new option for reimbursing builders the cost of making their creation also helped increase the number of donated creations from people who were able to donate just their time. To everyone who contributed a creation to our store, even if your creation didn’t sell, we are very grateful for your efforts to help. Selling these creations on our Bricklink store accounted for over 83% of our income this year. The rest came from Indiegogo and other monetary donations we received.

Finally, I’d like to thank the other 6 coordinators for taking time out of their holiday season to hunt for Lego deals and donate the sets they purchased. Our new overseas distribution coordinators made especially memorable donations when they were able to donate the sets directly to the children in an orphanage in Zagreb, Croatia and a school for underprivileged children in Santiago, Chile. You can read about their donation experiences in the posts below.

The Future (this may be you!)

Each year Creations for Charity takes many hours each week to coordinate from September until the end of the year. As much as I enjoy running the fundraiser, sometimes there simply aren’t enough hours in a day to fit the charity into my medical school schedule. Although I plan to continue the charity for as long as possible, I am looking for help from those who share strong enthusiasm for the cause to either maintain the Bricklink store or keep track of our money as a treasurer. If you’d like to help one of those two ways, please contact me for more details via the contact form.

When I envisioned the concept of Creations for Charity in 2009, I had no idea it would engage people to raise thousands of dollars each year to buy Lego for underprivileged children across multiple cities and countries. To all who participated in Creations for Charity, I thank you for starting and maintaining a tradition for the Lego community to give back.

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12 Mar

Chilean Set Donation

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Hello There!

My name is Tomás and I was in charge of the distribution of the sets here at Chile. For the ones who don’t know where Chile is, it is located in South America. This is the second year I participate in this noble cause. Last year I decided to just gather funds so that the organization could give even more sets to those who need them but this year I decided to take it a step further and I brought the C4C spirit here to Chile.

With the help of Nannan and ALL of you guys a total of 71 sets were donated to the Cristo Vive foundation. Just like in Croatia we don’t really have a national program like Toys for Tots so I went off and donated the sets to a school that is run by the Cristo Vive foundation. This school is where almost 200 kids with low resources come to learn and discover the great things about life. It’s not like a school where you go in the morning and leave in the afternoon, no. They go there and stay pretty much all day there.

What’s nice and touching about this organization is the fact that they give children a better future even those with disabilities. Kids who suffer of mental or physical problem also come here and they are treated with a lot of love. When I told the organization that I wanted to give them LEGO sets they got really happy. As you may all know, LEGO is super fun and can be used to spend a good time with your friends but most importantly it stimulates creativity. I am sure that the kids will make good use of the sets to both learn and have a wonderful time.

Thank you all for being a part of this great organization. You have no idea how happy you have made many kids here in Chile. I am looking forward to this year’s Creations for Charity to see how we all get together and make this world a better place.

I hope you have a nice year and see you this December!

 

 

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