Surely, you have lots of crayons lying around the house. Kids get them as presents all the time because if you don’t have any idea what to gift a child, you can never go wrong with crayons. It’s also a staple in your child’s list of required school supplies that you have to buy every year (even if he barely used his box of crayons the year before). Some kids just don’t like using broken crayons so you end up buying another box. The next thing you know, you'll have a big box full of crayons lying around in your house.
Bryan Ware, of San Francisco, California, is a dad of two and he had a genius idea so that these crayons won't go to waste. More importantly, he wants to put them to good use.
It all started at a birthday party, when he was watching his kids draw on paper using crayons. He wondered what happens to the crayons after kids use them and leave them behind, and sadly discovered that they are simply thrown away. Two years later, he founded The Crayon Initiative, a nonprofit organization that repurposes old crayons into new ones, and donates them to children’s hospitals across California.
Since its founding in 2013, The Crayon Initiative has distributed more the 2,000 boxes of crayons in hospitals in California, and just this month it sent out its first delivery to a hospital in New York. These crayons give kids in hospitals a way to express themselves and maintain a sense of normalcy even though they’re sick and going through a rough time. That’s a small step for one dad, a giant leap for the kids his nonprofit helps, and a good reminder that we all can do something to touch other people’s lives.