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.

http://www.stylefedh.com/2017/03/29/137944/20-local-teens-making-their-mark-in-folsom-roseville-and-the-foothills-area

 

 

 

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.  

 

 

Believer and Doer Award Granted by Daisy Button Believes – Kids Changing the World One Dream at a Time

We are so lucky to be recognized for our work recently.  Today, Daisy Button Believes (www.daisybuttonbelieves.com) awarded BrickDreams their Believers & Doers award. Each month Daisy Button Believes awards a few kids across the U.S. the honor of Believer and Doer because of all they are doing to make a difference. The founder of Daisy Button said she was impressed with what we’ve accomplished with BrickDreams. In just the last year, we’ve sorted and donated more than 700 lbs of LEGO and got them to kids who can enjoy them. As a winner, BrickDreams will receive special mentions in social media and press campaigns which will help us so much as we keep doing our charity work.  Take a look at the link below.

http://daisybuttonbelieves.com/believers-doers/

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BrickDreams Awarded Symbol of Service Award

The Domestic Violence Prevention Collaboration (DVPC) recognized BrickDreams today with one of their Annual DVPC Awards.  The award was given to individuals who have demonstrated compassion and dedication in supporting survivors of domestic violence.  The award ceremony is held in October in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The DVPC is comprised of law enforcement representatives, government representatives, and local non-profits and has been in existence since 2003.  It is dedicated to the prevention of domestic violence through advocacy, education and training, intervention, law enforcement and coordination of resources.

BrickDreams was nominated for the award by Detective Salvo of the Folsom Police Department.  Thank you for recognizing our efforts and for being a partner in our mission. brickdreams-symbol-of-service-award-picture

Start a Snowball Grant Awarded to BrickDreams

BrickDreams is excited to announce we are the recipient of a grant from the Start a Snowball organization.  Start A Snowball is helping build the next generation of givers through engaging kids in community service & funding their projects with seed money grants. We will use the grant to ensure we have a ready supply of Duplo to donate to our community partners who need them for their very young children. It will be great to expand how we fill the need in our community. Duplo is also a LEGO product, but is bigger and not a choking hazard.  Know anyone who has Duplo to donate?  We would gladly welcome it. Please see the website for our address.

President’s Volunteer Service Award

Congratulations Lleyton Rutz on being awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award for your exemplary efforts with BrickDreams.  The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Obama.  Lleyton also received the Certificate of Excellence award signaling service work that was deemed within the top 10 percent of applications within the state of California.

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SAFE Center, Sacramento California

We received the following email from Irene Chu of SAFE Center in Sacramento in December.  Thank you, Ms. Chu, for your kind words – we are grateful to be able to partner with you to help kids in distress.

Dear Nina and Maya,

It was such a pleasure meeting with both of you yesterday and getting to know how the BrickDreams initiated by its founder, Bailey, and how this project takes off.  It is even more encouraging to see that more and more children and families are benefiting from such a good deed.  Although the economy appears to be recovering, our County resources are still quite limited, and in addition to the restrictions of our grant fund, our Center has not been able to replace a lot of the old and worn out toys, and needless to say, we surely do not have any extra money for high quality and educational toys such as lego blocks.

Your project is definitely a blessing for our Center, as well as the children and families whom we serve on a daily basis.  On behalf of Sacramento County Child Protective Services and the SAFE Center, I would like to express our heart-felt thank you and appreciation for your generous donations of the lego blocks, and I would also like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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Sincerely,

Irene Chu, M.S.

Program Specialist, Emergency Response Program &

Director, SAFE Center

Sacramento County

Child Protective Services

925 Del Paso Blvd., Suite 500

Sacramento, CA, 95815

Tel: 916-874-5761

 

Molina Community Champions

I am truly honored to have been chosen as one of the six 2014 Molina Community Champions. I would like to thank WEAVE, Inc. for nominating me for this award, and everyone who attended. I am truly grateful for all of your support.

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Molina Healthcare Award

I am honored to have been selected as a winner for the 2014 Molina Healthcare Community Champion award. They stopped by Starbucks while I was working, and I was so surprised!

Thank you to Molina Healthcare, Ariana Vaughan, and Katie Osmon for all of their support! I am truly grateful!

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