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!