Style Magazine’s 20 Under 20 Feature

The April edition of Style Magazine arrived in local mailboxes on Friday. We are so proud that Lleyton and Kyle Rutz were recognized in the Top 20 Under 20 section.  The section recognized teenagers “setting the pace” in their respective areas, whatever they may be. The kids accomplishments are so interesting to read about.  Lleyton & Kyle were fortunate enough to be recognized for their efforts with BrickDreams, a nationally recognized charity.

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Thank you Singh Family

We love how we are granted donations in the most surprising ways.  At a recent 4-H meeting, the Singh family presented BrickDreams with a box full of sorted and packed Lego for donation.  We had no idea they were planning that.  Thank you Lucas for thinking of BrickDreams and taking the time to help us in a way that all those cans are ready right now to be given to kids in need.

Lucas Singh BrickDreams Donation

No Birthday Gifts…Donate to BrickDreams Instead

We recently received a very special donation.  A 12 year girl wished to gather donations to BrickDreams instead of being given gifts for her birthday.  Part of her birthday celebration was to see the Lego Batman.  The generous donations of her and her friends seemed to be a perfect match.   And boy her friends were generous – new Lego, Lego containers, and mini-fig display cabinets.  It was a big box filled with so much.  BrickDreams volunteers recently prepared Zuzu’s donation and everyone was touched by her thoughtfulness and kind nature.  Thank you so much for thinking of us. Everything you sent will be put to great use.

Zuzu Shoaff BrickDreams Donation

Thank you Abedi Family

A wonderful surprise was delivered by the Adedi Family – 5 boxes of donated Legos!  We greatly appreciate you thinking of us and making such a generous donation to our charity. These Legos will be sorted and packed in short order and will be in the hands of our partners soon.  Thank you again for supporting our charity.

Cachet Abedi BrickDreams Donation

Thank you Fields Family!

The large donation from the Fields family of Antelope was the perfect community service project on March 26th. Thank you very much. Members of the Eureka Granite Bay 4-H club spent the afternoon preparing Legos and getting them ready to give to our community partners.  Your gift was deeply appreciated and will give many children great happiness.

Eureka Granite Bay 4H Community Service BrickDreams

Style Magazine’s – 20 under 20 Article

Lleyton and Kyle were honored last week during a photo shoot for a Style Magazine. In an article entitled, “20 under 20”. The magazine will highlight teens who go beyond what’s expected and inspire all who cross their path. The magazine will hit news stands April 1.

Style Magazine Photo Shoot

Thank you to the Fields Family

Wow, we can’t thank the Fields family enough.  They made a huge donation to BrickDreams – all the Legos their son had outgrown and it was quite a collection. Multiple boxes full! Our charity will be able to put them to great use and will bring a lot of kids in need some enjoyment.  Thank you again for all your generosity.

BrickDreams Fields Donation

 

Fox 40 Salute to Service BrickDreams Interview

We’re excited to say a photographer from Fox 40’s morning show came to interview us for their Salute to Service segment.  They saw the article about BrickDreams in the Folsom Telegraph last week and wanted to get to know more about what BrickDreams is about. The producer said the segment is scheduled to air on Wednesday, 12/21 at 6:23 and 8:15 am.

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BrickDreams awarded the Daisy Buttons Believes Grant for $1,000

BrickDreams appreciates being recognized as the Daisy Buttons Believes grant recipient for the month of November. See more in the press release below.

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Making a Difference Brick by Brick

13YO wins $1000 grant to help abused kids “build” hope.

Folsom, CA:  When 13 year old Lleyton Rutz first got involved with BrickDreams ™ it was because his Dad, a tennis pro, had collected tons of tennis ball cans. He was looking for something positive to do with them and discovered BrickDreams needed cans to distribute their Legos in. Over time and many hours of service, Lleyton grew to love the mission and the difference he could see it making for so many kids. In fact, he loved it so much that he didn’t even need to think twice when he was asked to run BrickDreams! “When my family and I were asked to take it over or it would stop existing, it was clear that we had to step up and make sure that Brick Dreams kept its mission going.  I cared so much about the kids.  I wanted to do it all for the kids.” Rutz said.

With the help of his twin brother Kyle, family and friends, Lleyton has grown his dream to distribute 700 lbs. of Legos in the last year! That’s 1400 cans of them to kids in need. He targets kids of domestic violence and was even recognized recently by the Folsom Police Department being awarded the “Symbol of Service” award.  “Legos are simple and easy for everyone to play and build with!” Rutz said. “They are a really encouraging gift to a child who is struggling to find joy” he added.

Shortly after taking over BrickDreams (originally founded by Bailey Snow), Lleyton began looking for resources he could use to help him run and grow his charity. That’s when he found Daisy Button Believes™. He now uses their network of kid Philanthropists for support, advice and ideas for his own cause.  Because of his hard work and results, he received one of the organizations monthly $1000 grants to further “build” BrickDreams. The grant money will help us so much.  It will help pay for a storage unit I want to buy so I don’t have to pay rent on a unit any more. It will also help expand our donor program globally and establish ourselves as a true non-profit 501c3.” Rutz said.

DaisyButtonBelieves.com was founded by children’s author Tracey Serebin. She was inspired to create the site after working with schools in New Jersey. “I realized there was no central location that kids could learn from each other, find the resources they needed to take their ideas to the next level, and get feedback from other kids who had succeeded in a big way. I also wanted to expose them to adult role models that have created successful platforms and used their money and position for good.”  Serebin said.

Past winners include Sally Campbell (13) of Sallybrating with a Cause, raising money for Cancer patients, Brooke Thomas (12) of The Thomas Promise Foundation, filling backpacks for hungry kids in her community, Violet Humble (8), of VOLT, feeding the homeless and Torrin Thorp (13) of The Helping Hand Project, creating Blessing Bags and collecting entertainment for hospitals.

For more information about Daisy Button Believes, please visit: www.daisybuttonbelieves.com or call 201-394-5328. For more information about BrickDreams, please visit:  http://www.brickdreams.org.