21 Dec

Creations for Charity 2015: Grand Rapids, Michigan

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This year I was fortunate enough to take on some extra responsibility with the fundraiser. It was gain a pleasure to be involved, but being closer to the inner workings by helping with the sale site and researching and implementing some things for the future plans, 2015 was a landmark year for me with C4C.
Not only was it a landmark year for me, but it was also a landmark year for Creations for Charity with support and fundraising setting a new record in funds. Between our collections throughout the year at the various conventions and the bulk of the funds resulting from the sale of your incredible donations, we reached a truly remarkable sum of $18,056. So once again, thanks so much for all you’ve done to help make that happen.

GR MI drop off locationWith these funds, we have been able to provide Lego to local charities throughout the country and the world, for another holiday season. I feel very blessed to have grown up with Lego and I am thrilled to share its power with less fortunate kids. It helps them learn art, design, engineering, math, problem-solving and more, and it is touching to share those things.

With the portion of funds allocated to me in Grand Rapids, MI, I was able to purchase over 45 new Lego sets and to donate them to the USMC Toys for Tots program via my local fire station, where Dorothy (the receptionist) was thrilled to see us again this year, and this year the firefighters were also in the building, and not out on a call.

GR MI 2015 packed for delivery.Really solid sales were harder to find this year than in the past, but there were some decent ones online.  You can see here all of my purchases boxed and stuffed into my car.  Before I boxed them up for delivery, though, I did set them up for the annual shot of all the sets I was able to purchase and I am thrilled with the result,  I trust 52 children will be too, and I hope that you all are as well.  Again, thanks for help making this a banner year for C4C and we hope to do even better in the future.

C4C 2015 Grand Rapids, MI

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20 Dec

Creations for Charity 2015: Australia

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Firstly I would like to extend my thanks to Nannan, Simon and the rest of the people behind Creations for Charity for giving me the opportunity to take on the first Australian donation! I was blown away by the generosity and eagerly started looking around for a deserving charity group to help out. As luck would have it my lovely wife suggested KidzWish,  who just happened to have their offices 3 blocks from home. KidzWish is a fantastic local charity in the Wollongong area, south of Sydney that supports a myriad of children. Here is a quick explanation of all the services they provide.

KidzWish Foundation lends a hand to help Illawarra & South Coast children who are sick, disadvantaged or have a disability.

The charity was founded in 2004 by Chris Beaven and has since grown significantly over the last 10 years. We provide a range of core services and programs to help children including:

KidzCommunicate: Speech Therapy
KidzMove & Walk: Physiotherapy
KidzPlay & Learn: Occupational Therapy
Sports Academy Program
Music & Dance Program
Appeals Program
KidzSpeak ‘Mobile Speech Therapy’ Program

Unlike most charity organisations, which focus on a single program or specific area of concern, we ensure that children and their families are not forgotten by falling through the gaps. Over the last 12 months alone, over 500 children relied on a KidzWish Program.

In addition to the great work they do year round, KidzWish also hosts a massive Christmas party for children that fit the above criteria. With over 4300 children and carers attending this year, the demand for donations of presents and money is huge.

I approached KidzWish with the offer to purchase some LEGO sets to assist in the Christmas party gifts and was warmly greeted by Beau and Michael who were blown away by the chance to have $2100 Aus in LEGO sets donated.

With the green light, I headed of to local retail stores with sales on in the effort to make the dollar go further. I was able to purchase 81 sets from themes like City, Creator, Friends, Elves, Ninjago, Superheroes and Star Wars.

Creations For Charity Australia 2015

Boot loaded with LEGO goodness!

Creations For Charity Australia 2015

A look at all the sets purchased thanks to CfC.

With the LEGO goodies loaded up, I headed over to KidzWish, where I met Michael. Michael was able to show me around the KidzWish HQ, which is very cramped due to the number of children they now help, in addition to office space needed for staff. They are in the process of fundraising to build a much larger building to allow more kids access to the programs provided.
Creations For Charity Australia 2015

Thanks to Michael for showing me around and letting me know how the LEGO would be distributed at the Christmas party

Michael explained that funding had not been as high as the previous year when vouchers were given out to older children, and as such the LEGO sets would be mostly kept aside for the children aged 11-16.

The party was a massive success and received a lot of local coverage in the media. With a lot of pictures and videos of the party to be found here, Charity Ball 2015.

Creations For Charity Australia 2015

Creations For Charity Australia 2015

Here are a couple I was able to find.

My wife and I were fortunate to be invited to the Charity Ball the following night which is held in the same venue and in addition to being entertained by loads of great performers, we were able to meet some of the kids first hand and relive the Christmas party from the day before.

Creations For Charity Australia 2015

Thanks again to Creations for Charity for helping out a deserved charity that touches the lives of so many from South of Sydney to the New South Wales/Victorian border. I had a blast and would love to help out again in future.


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11 Dec

Special thanks to our 2015 direct donors

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We owe a huge thanks to the organizations that made direct donations to our fundraiser this year. Their contributions accounted over $6,000, that’s more than a third of the total raised this year. This year marks the most we’ve ever received, and I’d like to share a few words from each group on their continued support of our cause.

Brickworld has always targeted charities that benefit kids with the money raised at the Esther Walner Memorial Charity Fundraiser held every year at our Chicago convention. The people participating in the fundraiser all support doing whatever we can to benefit kids. Creations for Charity fits perfectly in this mold as it is not only about kids, but it is also about LEGO sets bringing them some comfort.

We chose to support Creations for Charity because it really embodies what the whole LEGO community is about: sharing and giving with one another. All of us at BrickUniverse love that Creations for Charity brings the whole community to together for a great cause -bringing joy to underprivileged children during Christmas time through something we all love: LEGO.

We feel grateful to be able to help support a cause that is close to our hearts. Our community and staff are filled with adults who were once inspired by LEGO as children and who understand the positive impact it can have on young lives. Thanks, Creations for Charity, for bringing that inspiration to future AFOLs and for involving us in the process. It feels great to “pay the LEGO forward”.

We have been big fans of Creations for Charity for many years. As avid LEGO fans we deeply value the ability of LEGO to serve as a creative medium enabling anyone and everyone to take ideas and concepts and turn them into physical things. We like supporting Creations for Charity because of it’s unique ability to harness the talents of the Adult Fan of LEGO community for the greater good. We hope that through leveraging Beyond the Brick we can raise awareness of the charity and help to spread awareness of it to a larger audience. Creations for Charity is a fantastic organization and we hope that through our 24 hour live stream we are able to lend a helping hand to the overall cause.

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09 Dec

Creations for Charity 2015 final results

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We’ve set an incredible new record for the funds raised this year at a staggering $18,056! Here’s the breakdown:

Creations for Charity 2015 final results

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01 Dec

Over $16,000 raised from Creations for Charity 2015

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The final amount raised for this year’s Creations for Charity surpassed $16,000! A huge thank-you to everyone who participated in setting a new record. We will be able to donate lots of Lego sets this year. Please check back before Christmas for photos of this year’s donations.

Over $16,000 raised

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29 Nov

Over $14,000

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Today is the last day to buy a creation from the 2015 fundraiser. Check out the store to see items still available for sale at the lowest prices. Don’t miss out!

Over $14,000

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27 Nov

We’re live!

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If you’d like to watch us at anytime during the 24 hours that we’re live you can do so by following this link…


If you’re perhaps still interested in joining us during the live stream, head on over and fill out our lovely Google Form and we’ll see about getting you on!


Now for some updates about the live stream…

We’ve got t shirts! Visit the Creations for Charity BrickLink store to purchase the limited run “Creations for Charity 24 Hour Live Stream Presented by Beyond the Brick” t shirts. https://www.bricklink.com/store.asp?p=C4C&itemID=84204479

LEGO designers! During the course of the live stream we will be joined by both Mike Psiaki and Carl Merriam, two extremely talented LEGO designers. With each of them we’ll all be building LEGO sets that they’ve designed in tandem.

For every hour that we’re live The LEGO Group has agreed to donate $40 worth of LEGO sets. Many thanks to the generous folks over at LEGO.

BrickMania has also agreed to donate a certain amount of sets for every hour that we’re on air. Cheers to Dan and the team over at BrickMania.

Additionally, Brick Loot has agreed to provide some products for every hour that we’re on the air. Shout out to the Krex family for their kindness.

We’ll also be accepting donations via Paypal throughout the live stream. If you donate, you may or may not be able to request that we do certain things during the live stream. So, put your thinking cap on and donate wisely!

So, sit back, relax, and enjoy 24 hours of nonstop LEGO awesomeness!


The Beyond the Brick Team

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21 Nov

Announcing the second annual Creations for Charity 24 hour live stream presented by Beyond the Brick!

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Creations for Charity 24 Hour Live Stream Presented by Beyond the Brick

For a period of 24 hours last year, LEGO fans from all over the world joined a live stream to help support Creations for Charity. From building LEGO sets, working on MOCs, discussing the LEGO hobby, to sorting LEGO; it’s safe to say that everyone involved had a great time and all for a great cause.

This year’s event will be building upon last year’s success and taking the art of building with and talking about LEGO for 24 hours non stop to new heights! With 24 hours of non stop LEGO action, this is surely going to be something you won’t want to miss. From 5pm EST on Friday November 27th to 5pm EST on Saturday November 28th, we’ll be fighting off sleep to to bring you all kinds of LEGO goodness!

What exactly can you expect during the 24hr live stream?

The building of numerous LEGO sets.

The sorting of numerous LEGO parts. (Sorting LEGO with friends makes the pain that is sorting a little bit easier to bear, right?)

The discussion of numerous LEGO related topics.

At least one LEGO related presentation or talk as you would normally witness at a LEGO fan event or convention.

…and much, much, more!

If you would like to participate in this live event and join us on the air to do things with LEGO, please head on over to our lovely Google Form and fill it out and hit submit so that we can see about getting you on!

If you would like to simply watch the live stream you can do so by monitoring either creationsforcharity.org or the BeyondtheBrickTV YouTube channel closer to the date. We’ll be updating creationsforcharity.org with all of the latest information about the live stream and when we are live, you should also be able to view the live stream directly from the BeyondtheBrickTV YouTube channel.

Last year during the live stream, a few individuals pledged certain dollar amounts if the people participating in the live stream did “certain things”. One of those “certain things” was to wear a wig, needless to say lots of wigs were worn. This year we’d like to kick it up a notch. By donating to Creations for Charity you’re directly helping to further its mission. In donating you also may or may not unlock the ability to make certain live stream participants do “certain things”. So, donate wisely and be creative!


Beyond the Brick, Creations for Charity, and LEGO fans like you from across the world!


The 2nd annual “Creations for Charity 24 Hour Live Stream Presented by Beyond the Brick”


5pm EST on Friday November 27th to 5pm EST on Saturday November 28th


Please visit either creationsforcharity.org or the BeyondtheBrickTV YouTube channel to view or find out how to view the live stream

See you on the internets!


The Beyond the Brick Team

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12 Nov

Over $10,000!

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Just over half a month left in the fundraiser and we have already surpassed our previous record! There are still 3 days left to donate a creation. Check out what’s for sale in our store as many items are now discounted.

Over $10,000

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20 Oct

Over $6,000

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We are going strong into this year’s fundraiser with already $6,000 raised. Let’s keep it going!

Over $6,000

Take a look at some of the new items recently added to the store:

New creations added!

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