The 2016 fundraiser is over and we have raised $13,887! A huge thanks to BrickUniverse for donating $4,000, to Brickworld for donating $2,500 and to Bricklink for matching 10% of our sales and donating $581.75. We’d like to thank everyone who participated in making a donation, purchasing from our store or helping out in various ways. Take a look at the items sold this year and come back by Christmas to check out photos of our Lego donations over the world! Happy holidays everyone!
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…
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. We will be building LEGO sets that they helped design!
For every hour that we’re live The LEGO Group has agreed to donate $50 worth of LEGO sets. Many thanks to the generous folks over at LEGO.
BrickMania has also agreed to donate a a set or custom Minifig for every hour that we’re on air. Cheers to Dan and the team over at BrickMania for supporting the charity again this year!
Additionally, Brick Loot has agreed to provide some neat 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
Only one week left in this year’s fundraiser! Prices have been reduced and there’s still many great creations to choose from. Check out what’s for sale today and don’t forget to tune in to the 24-hour live stream happening from 11/25-11/26!
We’re very happy to announce the third annual 24 hour live stream hosted by Beyond the Brick!
This year’s event will be building upon the last two years of successful live streams 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 25th to 5pm EST on Saturday November 26th, 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.
- Live builds with LEGO designers in Billund, Denmark!
- 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.
During our last two 24 hour live streams, a few individuals pledged certain dollar amounts if the people participating in the live stream did “certain things”. This year we’d like to kick it up a notch. We’ve already had one viewer donate $60 to watch us destroy the Brick Bank modular building! 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 3rd annual “Creations for Charity 24 Hour Live Stream Presented by Beyond the Brick”
5pm EST on Friday November 25th to 5pm EST on Saturday November 26th
See you on the internets!
The Beyond the Brick Team
Thanks for everyone’s support so far in getting us to over 10K with nearly one month left! A huge thanks to BrickUniverse for their $4,000 donations and to Brickworld for the $2,500 donations this year. We could use some more MOC donations, hope to see some more creations donated in the next week!
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 through donations, 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!