I would like to start by saying – thank you to everyone who donated a creation to this event, as well as to those people who bought creations. It is our love for this hobby that brings us all together, and has allowed us to share our favorite toys with those less privileged.
My experiences with Creations for Charity really began last year through selling my custom Minifigure creations. Shortly after the conclusion of last years event, Nannan and I started having discussions in which he eventually asked me to join the Creations for Charity staff as an area distributor for the Chicago area. I instantly knew that I wanted to help at the next level, and this year was wonderful! With that said – I LOVED being able to join in this years distribution process – purchasing LEGO on sale, and enjoying seeing the surprise and joy at the Toys for Tots dropoff point – when they were expecting a few LEGO sets, and received a LOT of LEGO sets! I only wish I could see the eyes of all the children who receive the toys this christmas!
As all the area distributors were doing, I kept watching for good LEGO sales (particularly on Black Friday/Cyber Monday) in which I was able to stretch $1,125 for over $2,000 which included lots of LEGO games, as well as sets from “Stocking Stuffer” size to ultimate LEGO presents (LEGO Kingdoms Mill Village, Alien Conquest Alien Mothership, and Atlantis City of Atlantis) and everything in between for all ages (DUPLO LEGO to the larger more coveted sets).
These were dropped off at a Toys for Tots warehouse in St. Charles, Illinois (which will distribute to areas around the Chicago area). The staff at the location were very excited for the amounts of LEGO that they were receiving, and very thankful as well! The amount of LEGO dropped off completely filled the back of my car, as you can see in this photo:
Overall – I am amazed at the generosity of LEGO, and have been very thankful to be a part of Creations for Charity this year! It really has been an amazing experience, and I can’t wait until tomorrow morning when kids from all over the country will be getting some amazing presents thanks to the generosity of everyone who was a part of the Creations for Charity event! Thank you!