In Danville, CA, Bryan Ware was in a restaurant with his children. They were coloring with the crayons they had been given, like so many do. At the end of the meal, Bryan, curious, asked the waitress what happened to the crayons after they left. He was told they would be thrown out. It was this moment that caused a spark.
Bryan would soon create The Crayon Initiative, a non-profit that would take old, used crayons, melt them down and create a brand new set for children’s hospitals. “From my perspective, the biggest goal is to give them an escape,” Ware said, according to The Mighty. “I can’t even fathom what these kids are going through. If these crayons give them an escape from that hospital room for 10 minutes, we did our job.”
So far over 2,000 boxes of crayons have been created and shipped out. In immense amount of thought went into the process and design of the repurposed crayons. When remolded, the crayons have a unique shape, as not to roll off the tables or beds. They also don’t have any paper around them, as paper can hold onto dangerous bacteria. The crayons melted in such a way and tested to make sure any bacteria from the old crayons have been killed off.
“It may be a brief amount of time, but [it’s] something outside their current situation,” Ware, who is a big art lover, told ABC7. “For that moment, they can be anyone or anywhere they want to be. It is their creativity that lives within them.”
For now, they have been donating to local Southern California hospitals, but at the end of the year they will start shipping out cross-country to Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, New York.
For me, this creativity, this spark of genius has brought so much light and energy to these children. From one dad’s experience, he channeled it into and incredible project that will give these children a reprieve, even for a moment.
Original Post: Kimberley Lam