THE TRUE MEANING OF COMMUNITY.
Here is a quick story to remind us about the true meaning of community.
We hear a lot these days about recycling and repurposing items to save them from the landfill. Actually, the conversation seems to start with International World Forest Day at the end of March, then is followed by a multitude of environmentally focused holidays throughout the entire month of April.
While not everything can be recycled, there are many items that simply get overlooked in the shuffle and aren’t considered as part of the equation. Sometimes, it takes a child’s view of the world to make a difference… and that is exactly what happened with The Crayon Initiative.
Coloring The Landfills!
One day, an entrepreneur named Bryan Ware was out to dinner with his family and, as is common, was given children’s menus and a few crayons to keep the kids occupied at the table. The children asked what happens to the crayons after they leave the restaurant. Well, they did a bit of digging and found that in one day alone, over 12 million crayons are manufactured in the United States, that 45,000-75,000 broken crayons are tossed out daily, and that approximately 60 tons of paraffin wax is buried in landfills with centuries left to biodegrade at a very slow rate.
The Ware family decided to change that situation and do good in the world while helping the planet.
This was the perfect opportunity to get creative and— better yet— open up a world of art for those in need. So, they started collecting used, broken, discarded, or old crayons from friends, local businesses, and not-so-local businesses. The Ware’s backyard turned into a crayon sorting adventure as they melted down the wax to make perfectly new crayons.
Coloring Your Imagination
Today, The Crayon Initiative collects unwanted crayons from all over and recycles them into new boxes of crayons for donation to pediatric hospitals, group homes, and children in various communities who might just change the world if they only had a scratch piece of paper and some crayons to plan out the next big idea.
How many times have you wondered aloud about a seemingly random thought and gone on to think that it might just be the next big thing? This month, this spring, this year: consider what you can do to make the world a better place.
Cheers to that idea!
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