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The Crayon Initiative: A Father’s Non-Profit Turns Old Crayons Into Fresh New Ones For Children’s Hospitals

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A father’s non-profit organization, the Crayon Initiative, is doing something special for children in hospitals.

According to the Huffington Post, the Crayon Initiative, a non-profit based out of Danville, CA is collecting old crayons and recycling them into fresh, brand new ones. The crayons are then being donated to local children’s hospitals and just this year, founder Bryan Ware and his team have donated roughly 2,000 boxes of crayons, he reveals to HuffPo.

Ware’s inspiration for this initiative came when he realized the amount of crayons that get wasted on a day-to-day basis. He told the Huffington Post that a few years ago, he was out at a restaurant with his family when his kids asked the waitress what happened with the old crayons after the meal? The waitress revealed that they usually get thrown away, and wallah, Ware came up with the Crayon Initiative.

The crayons aren’t designed like your typical box of crayons, but Ware explains there’s a reason behind that. “We worked with an occupational therapist to design the crayons so they are easy for children to hold and so they won’t roll off of beds or trays,” Ware told ABC7. “We do not wrap them in paper which can hold bacteria and we’ve had them tested to make sure bacteria from incoming crayons was killed during our processing.”

The thought that is going into this project is heartwarming, and lucky for us, Ware has no plans of stopping anytime soon. In fact, ABC7 also reported that Ware will ship his first out-of-state box of crayons to the Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, New York later this year. I see a world takeover sooner than later.

Learn more about the Crayon Initiative here.

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