Hundreds of employees from CSAA Insurance Group took time out of their busy days to color coordinate Thursday.
They helped The Crayon Initiative sort unwanted crayons so they can be melted down, made into new crayons, and donated to children’s hospitals around the country.
The organization collects crayons from restaurants and other sources, remanufactures them, and sends them to kids stuck in the hospital. It gives them a creative outlet for self-expression, which can help them cope with their illnesses, alleviate feelings of anxiety, and contribute a sense of normalcy.
On top of all that, it helps the environment.
“We are trying to avoid the landfills,” The Crayon Initiative founder Bryan Ware said. “Crayons are petroleum-based, so they won’t break down in a landfill, and that sludge will be there forever, so if we can reuse it by melting it down, we are finding a better home.”
To date, The Crayon Initiative has donated nearly 90,000 packs of crayons to 123 hospitals in 33 states.