29 Dec

Creations for Charity 2015: Colorado

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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!

 

 

 

 

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24 Dec

Creations for Charity 2015 – Raleigh, NC Donation

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CFC Raleigh Donation 2015

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.

CFC Raleigh NC Donation to WakMed Foundation

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.

Merry christmas!

Matthew Kay

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24 Dec

Creations for Charity 2015 Hungary

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

Enikő

 

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23 Dec

Creations for Charity 2015: Dallas, TX

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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.

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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!

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21 Dec

C4C – Toronto, Canada

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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:

C4C 2015 - Toronto Dontation

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.

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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.

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Boot loaded with LEGO goodness!

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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.

Cheers
Josh.

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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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