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Creations for Charity 2014 – Grand Rapids, MI

As long as I can remember, LEGO has been a part of my life. I bought my first set from a local, small town, five and dime shop in 1984, and my life was changed forever. I had no idea what I was learning while I played, no idea what LEGO was teaching me through the fun I was having. All of those things, math, engineering, design, color theory, construction fundamentals, creativity, and resource frugality.

A few when years ago, when we started C4C, we knew that children could be exposed to all of these things, through LEGO, if we were willing to make it happen. This year, we continue what has become my family’s favorite holiday tradition, and are putting over $10,000 worth of LEGO into the hands of children who could normally not afford it. What a pleasure it was to be part of C4C again, in this record-breaking year. I am so thrilled with everyone’s willingness to contribute, and so proud of everyone involved. It warms my heart to know that the online community shares our dream.

When we started out earlier this year, I was feeling a sort of disconnect form what was going on. Normally, I will donate some of my builds to be included in the sale, but this year, I didn’t have any to donate. That left me feeling out of it in regards to the sale getting underway. However, I was put me in touch with more people than ever who were asking about C4C and what we do, how we got started, and why we do it. I was so humbled at the multiple opportunities to share this great charity with the people in my community and across the web.

For my 40th Birthday, we threw a party and asked the guests to bring LEGO for C4C in lieu of gifts for me. What a generous group of friends I have.

I challenge everyone involved, whether a seller, those who donated, administrator, or purchaser, to share the success of this year’s fundraiser, and to share next year when the time comes. We can continue to change lives.


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