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Ever wondered what happened to a restaurant's crayons after your kids are done drawing with them? Bryan Ware, of San Francisco, did--and found out to his dismay that restaurants typically throw out the crayons after customers have left the table, whether the crayons were used or not.
Ware was so dumbfounded by this that he vowed to do something. He started the Crayon Initiative, a nonprofit organization that melts old crayons and turns them into new ones. Then his organization distributes them to children’s hospitals across California. This month, the Crayon Initiative plans to make its first out-of-state delivery to a hospital in New York City.
What's the process? First, the organization collects crayons from restaurants, schools, and families all across the state.
Posted by The Crayon Initiative on Thursday, June 25, 2015
Then Ware and his team of volunteers sort like colors and melt them together.
Happy #MeltingDay! #shareyourcolorsPosted by The Crayon Initiative on Sunday, July 19, 2015
Happy #MeltingDay! #shareyourcolors
The wax is then poured into specially shaped crayon molds to produce triangular-shaped crayons, which are easier for little kids and those with special needs to grip. Next the new crayons are boxed and delivered to the hospitals.
Into the mold, designed by us!#shareyourcolors #theprocess #givingbackPosted by The Crayon Initiative on Monday, June 29, 2015
Into the mold, designed by us!#shareyourcolors #theprocess #givingback
“From my perspective, the biggest goal is to give them an escape,” Ware told The Mighty. “I can’t even fathom what these kids are going through. If these crayons give them an escape from that hospital room for 10 minutes, we did our job.”
via The Mighty