A Father Found a Wonderful Use for Restaurants’ Leftover Crayons

A Father Found a Wonderful Use for Restaurants’ Leftover Crayons

You know those crayons that restaurants will give to kids so that they have something to do while they are waiting for their dinner? Well, a man in California did, and the response he got has led to a GREAT charity!

A Father Found a Wonderful Use for Restaurants’ Leftover Crayons

He later questioned a restaurant employee and was dismayed to learn that every crayon put out on the table had to be thrown away after the table’s customers left — whether it’d been used down to a nub or left completely untouched. Convinced the crayons’ lives didn’t have to end so early, Ware started taking restaurant crayons with him. He made it his mission to come up with a way to get the unwanted crayons into as many children’s hands as possible.

Two years later in 2013, Ware founded The Crayon Initiative, a nonprofit organization that repurposes old unusable crayon wax into new crayons and distributes them to children’s hospitals across California.

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Click here for some photos of people melting the crayons down and repurposing them. They’ve donated more that 2,000 boxes of crayons to hospitals so far!

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