This Dad Found A Wonderful Use For Restaurants And Schools' Leftover Crayons

September 3, 2015

In 2013, Bryan Ware founded The Crayon Initiative, a nonprofit organization that repurposes old, used crayons into brand new crayons and distributes them to children's hospitals.

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The Crayon Initiative

Ware collects old crayons from restaurants, schools, and day cares. He separates them by color and melts them down.

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The Crayon Initiative

Instead of the typical round shape of most crayons, Ware puts the wax into a triangular shape mold, which is easier to grip for small children and kids with special needs.

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The Crayon Initiative

The Crayon Initiative has donated more than 2,000 boxes of crayons to children's hospitals.

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The Crayon Initiative

"From my perspective, the biggest goal is to give them an escape," Ware told 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 ten minutes, we did our job."

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The Crayon Initiative

(h/t) The Mighty. Learn more at The Crown Initiative.

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