While sitting at a restaurant one evening with his sons, one dad watched as they busied themselves with the crayons and paper that was provided, but he couldn’t help but wonder what happened to the crayons after being used or broken.
Bryan Ware asked the waiter what happened to the crayons and was stunned to hear they had to throw them away.”They said they had to throw them away after it’s been on the table,” Ware said. “So that to me was just kind of a spark; there’s got to be something we could do with them.”
In order to reduce the 75,000 pounds of waste that crayons contributed to each year, Ware came up with the idea of collecting used and broken crayons from restaurants and schools, melting them down, and remolding them in a handmade mold so kids in need could have something to play with.
With donations from local restaurants and schools in San Fransisco, Ware is able to collect 500 pounds of used crayons each week, which he melts down and gives to hospitals for free for young and special needs patients.
“You would be surprised the things that come out when you put a piece of paper and some crayons in a kid’s hand,” Sara Devaney, who worked with the Children’s Hospital in Oakland, said. “It’s as important to their healing as the medications that they receive.”
“It provides them the ability to be whatever they want to be,” Ware said. “Dream whatever they want to be. That right there is why we do this.”
Watch the entire video below to see the messy process that’s bringing smiles to children’s faces.
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