Build Friendships by Sharing Toys [PHIL-OSOPHY]
There's a great way to help you avoid stepping on a LEGO brick: give them away to children's non-profits in the United States.
The Enfield, Connecticut LEGO Group is launching a new pilot program, which will accept any and all LEGO brick pieces you have lying around. The program is called LEGO Replay and it's an effort in collaboration with Give Back Box, Teach for America and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston.
If you have any loose LEGO bricks or sets, simply put the pieces into a box and visit the LEGO Replay site to print out a free UPS shipping label.
Each piece, made from high-quality, durable materials, is designed to last for an eternity. Most people don't just toss them into the garbage when they're not being used anymore. Either we hand them down to the kids and grandchildren or we donate them. With this new pilot program, it's an option that's both sustainable and socially meaningful.
The more LEGO bricks they receive is critical to the success of the program. Teach For America will receive most of the bricks and will distribute them to thousands of classrooms across the country.
When I'm interacting with our grandchildren, I know how important it is that they learn through play. LEGO bricks can help them learn creatively and problem solve. Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston will be receiving their first shipments in a few weeks.
Since this is the first time the pilot program is being attempted, the LEGO Group will evaluate it in the spring of 2020 for possible expansion. If you'd like to see the program succeed with flying colors, share this post and help build friendships by sharing your LEGO bricks.
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