24 Dec

Creations for Charity – Hungary, 2017

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We are very happy and honoured to participate again, for the fourth time in row, in the Creations for Charity project. To share the experience of playing with LEGO and help the ones in need is very important to us and being the part of this movement enables both of these things.
This year we were able to distribute 63 LEGO sets in all, among orphan children and kids in need at the three largest regions of Hungary. Statistics show that LEGO is becoming more and more popular among the people of Hungary and with this year’s donation we feel more up-to-date than ever. It can be referenced to the notion that people of our country discovered educational possibilities in LEGO. In this way, we are very happy to involve those children in this, who otherwise could not reach the benefits and merits of LEGO and can find a grip that they can use in their future studies as well.
All in all, we would like to thank Creations for Charity for this amazing project all around the World. This opportunity is very important to us and we could not do it better without this venture. We wish amazing holidays to all the children and paricipants of Creations for Charity and hope that all of You will find many joy and happyness (with playing with LEGO) in the next year!
All the best,
Viktoria

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23 Dec

Creations for Charity – Houston, Texas 2017

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A great big THANK YOU to Creations for Charity, your generosity made it possible for us to brighten the Christmas of many children at 2 local elementary schools that were destroyed by Hurricane Harvey’s flood waters in Houston, Texas earlier this year.

Both Kolter and Moore Elementary schools took on several feet of water during the hurricane ruining everything in the schools as well as making the buildings unusable for this school year. Many of the families that make up these schools, both students and teachers, also had their homes severely damaged or destroyed. At Moore Elementary almost 50 families are still homeless as a result of the flood.

In HISD (Houston Independent School District) Kolter Elementary flooded and had to be relocated to another location while they rebuild. Four weeks after what was to be the first day of school, students finally got to start the school year. For Kolter Elementary we coordinated with PK teacher Kerri Lyons to fulfill the wish list of replacing classroom DUPLO.

Classroom DUPLO for Kolter Elementary

How can I even begin to thank you and your LEGO enthusiasts for all of the Duplo sets you purchased for my classroom?  I have taught at Kolter for 34 years and had a dream classroom.  In addition to tons of wonderful materials and books I had at least 15 Duplo sets and a large LEGO table in my block center.  The devastating flood from Hurricane Harvey brought 5 feet of water into Kolter and we lost EVEYTHING.  I can’t even begin to put into words what a loss that was in terms of having materials to teach children–especially 4 year olds.  Preschool children need concrete materials to touch and explore in order for them to develop academic and sensory skills.  I mean this sincerely that if it wasn’t for donations from kind people such as your group I don’t know where I would be in terms of being able to teach and meet the needs of my students today.  Your kindness and generosity will always be in my heart and the hearts of my students who squealed with delight as we opened all of the boxes today!   Happy Holidays! Kind Regards,  Kerri Lyons   PK Teacher @  Kolter Elementary

 

For Moore Elementary we coordinated with the principal and counselor and provided a LEGO set and 2 LEGO polybags for each of the 47 students left homeless by the flood.

LEGO gifts for Moore Elementary students left homeless by Hurricane Harvey

Moore Elementary is located in a suburb of Houston within the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District. The community it serves was besieged by Hurricane Harvey August, 2017. Hundreds and hundreds of families from the school and also staff members lost everything when the floodwaters of Cypress Creek poured over the banks and into their homes. Many of our families had to be rescued by boat, air-lifted or swam through rapid moving water to escape the wrath of Harvey.

Included in the devastation was Moore Elementary itself. During the flood Moore took on at least two and a half feet of water and suffered a massive sewage back-up, completely ruining every porous surface in the school. This means that ALL teaching materials and personal belongings were rendered un-useable and had to be destroyed or were destroyed by the floodwaters.

Our community is one of many that suffered at the hand of Harvey and we have come together as a community and staff to support one another and care for one another during this extremely difficult time. We were blessed to be able to be housed together, because many other schools in other districts affected in this way have had to be split up among available sites. The old Matzke Elementary building sat waiting for Windfern High School to move into it but the Board and CFISD administration decided that it would be best to keep us all together and allowed us to move in. Administration and Staff worked feverishly over a 7 day straight period – and again, many having suffered great personal losses in their own homes – to get the empty building on Jones Road ready and transformed into the new Moore On Jones. We opened our doors on September 11th, 2017, two weeks after the scheduled first day of school.

Thanks to the support of our community and so many communities across the United States and beyond, we are surviving and providing the best that we can for our beloved students and community. We are Moore Strong. #BeMoore   Jennifer Nichols, Counselor @ Moore Elementary

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23 Dec

Creations for Charity in Saskatchewan, 2017

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Hello from Regina, the Queen City!  It is an honour to yet again be handing out LEGO sets to kids this holiday season!  Thank you to EVERYONE who built, bought or just straight-up donated to the cause!  And a big thank you to Nannan and his elves for keeping this marvelous fundraiser going through the years!  It is truly one of my favourite LEGO community traditions.

 

As with last year, I partnered with a local toy shop to turn our $1500 donation from C4C into $2450 worth of LEGO sets of all shapes and sizes!  Looking around our community to see who could benefit from some sets around the holidays, I was able to spread the 122 sets across three locations:

The Pediatric Ward at the Regina General Hospital cares for children from infants to 18 years of age, and each year they have a handful of patients over the holidays.  Our LUG had a member who spent much time in the Hospital himself and found LEGO a great comfort.

The Regina Open Door Society is a non-profit organization that provides settlement and integration services to refugees and immigrants in Regina.  It is committed to meeting their needs by offering programs and services that enable them to achieve their goals and participate fully in the larger community.  As newcomers have other expenses to worry about over the holidays, these sets will go a long way giving new Canadians an enjoyable first Christmas!

The North Central Family Centre offers inner-city children and youth an opportunity to participate in educational, recreational, social and cultural programs and activities.  Their vision is to provide a safe environment to build self-esteem and self-confidence in in the youth of the community.  These kids, and many more in the neighbourhood, will hopefully find inspiration in these sets over the holidays.

Thanks again to everyone for allowing the kids in our community to experience a bit of the joy of building that we all enjoy!

Happy Holidays!

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21 Dec

Australian Creations for Charity 2017

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Australian Creations for Charity 2017

Wow! What a fantastic responsibility again this year to help needy kids have a great LEGO Christmas. Many thanks to Nannan and the crew behind Creations for Charity as well as all the great AFOL’s who build, donate and purchase the creations.

Nannan got in touch with the global representatives asking if we were keen again to help out local childrens charities. I quickly jumped at the opportunity again!

Fellow SydLUG member Graham and I again put a call out to other SydLUG members to assist with cash or set donations, and were again impressed by the generosity of our members.

This year Graham ran another raffle on GoFundMe to members of OzLUG, but put up even more prizes for peoples $5 ticket investment. Needless to say with Graham’s history of having run the raffle the year before and offering more choice to the winner, the response was even stronger, raising $2800 Aus. This allowed us to purchase about 140 sets!

With the donation of $1575 Aus from Creations for Charity, and the raffle cash, Graham and I set off again to make the most of the cash. We hit up a local branch of a Australian retailer who had a 20% off sale and they were kind enough to offer a further 10% off. This allowed us to purchase even more sets, about 90 or so.

In addition to this we had another donation of 176 sets including advent calendars.

So armed with approximately 400 sets we headed to the Kidzwish storage facility a week before their major kids Christmas party. With over 4300 kids and carers attending this year, it was a great feeling thinking that so many kids had a chance to choose a LEGO set for Christmas.

Australian Creations for Charity 2017

Australian Creations for Charity 2017

Australian Creations for Charity 2017

Graham attended the party as a volunteer and enjoyed handing out the sets to many happy kids on the day. Looks like LEGO was a popular choice!

Kidzwish Party 2017

Kidzwish Party 2017

Kidzwish Party 2017

Thanks again to Creations for Charity, they have really kickstarted our local fundraising efforts for needy kids and we look forward to continue the great work again in future.

Cheers
Josh

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03 Dec

$14,926 raised for Creations for Charity 2017

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This year’s Creations for Charity raised $14,926! We couldn’t have done it without the numerous donors and buyers who played a part in this year’s successful fundraiser. Take a look at the creations sold and don’t forget to check back around Christmas to see our Lego donations!

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28 Nov

2 days left in this year’s fundraiser!

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The 9th annual fundraiser approaching the end, and there’s 2 days left to buy a custom creation. So far almost $12,000 have been raised. Take a look at some of the great items still left for sale below. Check back at the end of the year to see our Lego donations around the world!

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26 Nov

4 days left in this year’s fundraiser!

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Only 4 days left in the fundraiser and all items are reduced to their lowest prices. Take a look before the store closes on December 1st!

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24 Nov

We’re live!

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The Creations for Charity 24-Hour Live Stream Presented by Beyond the Brick has begun! Tune in for 24 hours straight of LEGO talk, LEGO building, and even interviews with LEGO’s community team in Denmark. Click here to sign up to join the live stream.

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 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!

Purchase a Beyond the Brick t-shirt and 100% of profits go to Creations for Charity.

Click here for more information about the 24-hour live stream. Click here to make a PayPal donation.

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21 Nov

Over $10,000

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We have raised over $10,000 and there’s not much time left in the fundraiser this year. Prices have been drastically reduced. There are still many great items left for sale!

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17 Nov

New items for sale from LEGO designers

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Check out the latest items added to the store built by LEGO Designers on the 2017 LEGO Inside Tour. Don’t forget our sale ends in two weeks!

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13 Nov

Shop at Amazon Smile and help CfC

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A few years ago Amazon launched an initiative called AmazonSmile where a percentage of your Amazon purchase is donated to a charity or your choice. Since CfC is now a registered non-profit organization, we are eligible to participate. Simply go to smile.amazon.com and search for Creations for Charity, and whenever you shop through AmazonSmile we will get 0.5% of the sales. It’s not much, but every bit helps and we still rely on your donations and purchases from our store!

Shop at Amazon Smile and help CfC

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