Folsom Community Service Day last month allowed BrickDreams to get the assistance of so many volunteers to sort and pack alongside us. A number of cases were given to our kind friends at the Folsom Police Department. Sgt Bates took time out of his busy shift to meet with us.
BrickDreams was excited to support our Yolo County partners as they actively use their donations to truly support the kids. A large SUV was filled to the brim with cases of Legos for the following agencies. 14 cases in total! Thank you so much for supporting our charity.
BrickDreams was moved this week when we received a note on behalf a young girl. Her family lost their home and possessions in the wine country fires. An avid Lego collector, she lost her entire Lego collection as her family quickly evacuated her home. BrickDreams wants to help her rebuild what brought her such enjoyment, so we are expanding our mission a bit for the next few weeks. In addition to serving those who are victims of domestic violence and abuse, we want to help those like our young friend who have suffered a loss at the hands of the wine country fires. If you are or know someone who has this need, please contact us now.
BrickDreams has been selected to be part of Folsom’s largest day of volunteerism. It was selected by the City of Folsom from many that applied. The 2017 Folsom Community Service Day is coming up in September and 1,700 volunteers are expected to participate. This major citywide event mobilizes volunteers of all ages and interests to complete projects throughout Folsom that make a positive, lasting impact in the community. Volunteer sign-ups will be coming soon. We are accepting LEGO and DUPLO donations too in preparation for the September event.
BrickDreams has joined forces with Stand Up Placer in Auburn and made a donation of 4 cases of LEGO to Annie Hess, Advocacy Specialist on behalf of the children they serve. We are proud of the great work Stand Up Placer does and are excited to be working with both the Roseville and Auburn locations. A big thank goes to Amos, Martha and Leah Humber wonderful youth partners who sorted, packed and delivered the donation. We couldn’t do it without you!
Our son (and big brother), Bailey Snow, started this charity when he was 15-years old with an idea to help kids affected by domestic violence and/or felony abuse through LEGO. He, along with the rest of our family, worked hard on this simple mission, and BrickDreams became a successful and nationally recognized charity. We were so lucky that Bailey and BrickDreams was acknowledged through USA Today, Newman’s Own, President Bush’s Points of Light Charity, and Molina Healthcare awards.
To date, BrickDreams has donated 809.5 lbs of LEGO to 1,619 kids who find themselves in awful and stressful situations. Last November, as we prepared for Bailey to leave for college this Fall, his sister, Maya and I planned to continue BrickDreams and help kids who truly need some joy in their lives.
Unfortunately, she and I have not been able to put in the time and effort that those children deserve. We came to the bittersweet decision to give this charity to another family who would stay true to Bailey’s vision, and who could continue to grow it and reach the lives of many, many more deserving kids.
We are thrilled that the Rutz family (Susan, Patrick, Kyle, and Lleyton) accepted our gift; we know that they will be fantastic custodians of BrickDreams. Over the next few months, both families will work together to ensure a smooth transition. Thank you, Rutz family!! We can’t wait to see how BrickDreams grows even further through you.
Bailey, Maya, Kevin, and I want to acknowledge our unbelievably generous donors for trusting us by giving us their unwanted/unused LEGO, tennis ball containers, and other supplies. Because of their contribution, we were able to create tennis tubes filled with LEGO and give them to children who are in distressing situations.
Thank you also to the many, many volunteers who spent countless hours helping us sort and package hundreds of pounds of LEGO for distribution, and to BrickDreams’ friends who helped us immensely during our LEGO drives.
We want to thank Auburn PD, Auburn PD Chaplaincy, Rocklin PD, Roseville PD, Lincoln PD, Folsom PD, Sacramento PD, Placer County Sheriff’s Department, SAFE Center, MDIC, Stand Up Placer, KidsFirst, and many other agencies for accepting and distributing our donor’s LEGO to the kids affected by domestic violence and/or felony abuse.
Lastly, we would especially like acknowledge the past and present staff at WEAVE, (Ariana Vaughan, Nichoel Menicucci, Beth Hassett, Julie Bornhoff, and others) – they have always been wonderful in their help, support, and encouragement to Bailey.
You all helped make our family’s (Brick)Dreams come true.
I have had a great time founding and operating BrickDreams over the past 2.5 years. However, I will be passing it on to my mother and sister, as I will be leaving for college soon. It has been an awesome ride, and I am excited to see BrickDreams flourish in the hands of my mother and sister!