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.
We had some very generous Lego donations in advance of yesterday’s Folsom Community Service Day that helped make sorting and packing 17 cases a reality! Thank you to the Hughes family of New York, the Garcia family of Texas and the anonymous donation left for us at the Community Service Day event. And a huge thank you to the 50 volunteers who enthusiastically supported BrickDreams.
We have the honor of being one of more than 50 projects selected to benefit from lots of willing volunteers at the 2017 Community Day of Service in Folsom, CA. In advance of the day, the Folsom Telegraph has highlighted a couple of what they thought to be some of the most interesting projects and BrickDreams was one of those. Teen leaders, Lleyton and Kyle Rutz, were interviewed by the paper.
Nationwide Radio Show, Kids 4 Love Project, invited BrickDreams to appear on its show this week. What a great experience to reach a large audience and talk about the mission and work of BrickDreams. The broadcast will air on Saturday, September 2 at 6:30 am Pacific time and again at 6:30 pm.
We are honored to have been selected as one of the charities to receive help from some of the 2,500 volunteers at Folsom Community Service Day on September 16th. Our volunteer list filled up on the first day of enrollment! What an honor! Do you have Legos that you are no longer using? BrickDreams can put them to good use. Visit www.brickdreams.org for more information on the magic Legos and tennis ball cans can create.
Community Service Day
4th ANNUAL COMMUNITY SERVICE DAY
The Folsom community is coming together again for the 4th Annual Community Service Day event on Saturday, September 16— Folsom’s largest day of volunteerism.
Volunteer opportunities are now available! Learn more and sign up at www.folsomcommunityservice.org
Community Service Day mobilizes thousands of volunteers of all ages and interests to complete projects throughout Folsom that will have a lasting impact in the community. The effort is organized by the City of Folsom and numerous Folsom businesses and nonprofits.
Our goal is to complete more than 40 single day projects that benefit diverse segments of the community and assist those in need, in addition to raising $70,000 to cover project costs and supplies.
Last year, more than 2,500 volunteers participated in the 2016 Community Service Day, and completed more than 40 projects, including:
- A citywide food drive for the Twin Lakes Food Bank, collecting 115,167 pounds of food
- Clean up projects at Folsom Lake and Lake Natoma
- Packing of 675 care packages for overseas military troops
- Trails clean up projects
- Landscaping and beautification projects at Folsom schools
- LEGO sorting/collection event for children in need
- P&SVRR Railroad Equipment Cleaning and Railfest Site Preparation
- Horseshoe Pits at BT Collins Park
A delayed, but big thank you to Mr. Kessler of Texas. These large boxes arrived filled with Legos. Those pictured on top are just a sample of what was inside. What a great collection! And not only were Legos included but K’nex and Erector sets too that we’ll be able to gift to a couple of our community partners that can use them on site. Thank you again Mr. Kessler for your generous donation. BrickDreams will be able to make immediate use of them.
Summer time is here and the BrickDreams elves are busy. It’s time to update everyone on recent and very special donations that have come in. The Rubin family of Florida has a tradition of building Lego sets. To teach their child about giving to those in need, they have and will continue to gift BrickDreams not only the set they build, but a new set as well. BrickDreams will in turn gift both sets to those in need and we’ll use our network of community partners to help us place them where they can truly be used. What a great chain of giving. Thank you Rubin family now and in the future!
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.
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.
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.