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Creative Dad Finds a Wonderful Use for Leftover Crayons From Schools and Restaurants

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Do you ever wonder what happens to leftover crayons?

While out celebrating his birthday with his family in a restaurant in 2011,  Bryan Ware from San Francisco discovered that every leftover crayons gets thrown away.

“I wondered, ‘What happens to these crayons after we leave if we don’t take them with us?’” he told The Mighty.

Dismayed by what he discovered, the creative dad thought of a brilliant way to reuse leftover crayons. Ware took unwanted crayons thrown out by restaurants, schools, and even acquaintances, then melted them down and reprocessed them into new crayons.

The Crayon Initiative, which Ware founded in 2013, aims to repurpose old crayon wax into new crayons that children from hospitals across California can use.

Up to 75,000 pounds of crayon gets thrown away by schools and restaurants every year.


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This is why inventive dad Bryan Ware thought of a brilliant way to repurpose them.


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He melts them down and puts them into a special mold to create new crayons.


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The creative father comes up with 96 new crayons each time he does it.


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Kids with special needs can easily grasp these crayons as they are thicker than ordinary ones.


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Ware then delivers the new crayons to hospitals across California.


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The Crayon Initiative, which started in 2013, has delivered more than 2,000 boxes of crayons to children’s hospitals.


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“From my perspective, the biggest goal is to give them an escape,”


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“I can’t even fathom what these kids are going through.”


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“If these crayons give them an escape from that hospital room for ten minutes, we did our job.”


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Source: The Mighty, The Crayon Initiative, Facebook, Twitter


Strangers Respond to Facebook Post Seeking Help to Fix a 75-Year-Old Man’s Roof

Now that’s an act of kindness that will restore your faith in humanity, right?


For three months, Richard Dubiel, a man in his mid-70’s, worked on replacing the roof of his house all by himself. Certainly, that is something you wouldn’t expect from an old folk.

Despite his calloused hands and weak knees, the elderly man crouched on his roof to put each shingle down. His kind neighbour David Perez took notice of the old man’s perseverance and posted a photo of the man working on Facebook.

David wanted to find a roofer who could help Richard so he decided to share the old man’s story on Facebook. The power of social media worked its way as  kindhearted strangers volunteered to complete Richard’s unfinished roof, free of charge.

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His Wage At Walmart is Quite Small But I Admire What He Does Every Payday

He obviously needs the money as much as the kids do, yet he sacrifices his own necessities for the children he doesn’t even know. Truly a kind and exemplary young man indeed.


There's an old adage that says it's better to give than to receive, which, in my opinion is true. The feeling of contentment and that sense of accomplishment when you see the joy and gratitude in the eyes of the person who you just shared your blessings with is enough to justify the sacrifices you just made. Be it for a loved one or a complete stranger, what matters most is the thought of sharing your blessings, no matter how big or small.

Perhaps this is what's running through the mind of 18-year-old Kristopher Hudson, who works in a Walmart outlet in Arkansas for the summer. He plans to use the money he earns for his college fund and personal expenses, yet for each paycheck he receives, he sets aside a few dollars to buy school supplies for less fortunate kids.

Kristopher Hudson, 18, buys and donates school supplies for less fortunate students every paycheck.

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Homeless People Turned Shelter Rooftop Into An Organic Garden To Help Feed Fellow Residents

These homeless people are not only able to develop their skills for possible jobs in the future but also feed their fellow residents with fresh produce everyday!

Homeless people are often regarded as useless beings who cannot contribute anything positive to the society. They tend to loiter around, scavenge some food in the trash or burden other people with their rather unattractive presence. It seems as if they cannot do anything right -- or so we thought.

In Atlanta, a task force shelter that houses homeless people believe that these people can still do great things. Hence, they devised programs to prepare them for real life outside the shelter through various job training initiatives. One of these programs is creating a rooftop garden where residents can learn and develop skills in planting and help the community through their organic produce at the same time.

"It is important to share and train residents in green technology that we are involved in because poor and homeless people are being left out of the green development that we see burgeoning in our community," Anita Beaty, executive director of Metro Atlanta Task Force, told Atlanta Progressive News.

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