The Crayon Initiative News

Written by Bryan
on May 31, 2018

Summer Crayon Collection Drive in Stores from June 24th – August 4th

DANVILLE, Calif. – May 29, 2018 – National non-profit The Crayon Initiative has partnered with arts & crafts retailer A.C. Moore for a second year to host a crayon collection drive in all of its 135 store locations from June 24 – August 4, 2018. Teachers, students and parents are encouraged to collect used or unwanted crayons from the classroom or home and drop them off at any A.C. Moore retail location. The donated crayons will then be recycled and distributed to art programs at children’s hospitals across the U.S. by The Crayon Initiative.

Last summer, A.C. Moore helped collect more than 19,000 pounds of used crayons, and the A.C. Moore Foundation donated $25,000 to The Crayon Initiative. The crayons were sorted and used to create 95,000 fresh new packs that were then donated to children’s hospitals across the country. Countless children engaged their schools and communities in the crayon collection to help make a difference and reduce environmental waste. This year, the A.C. Moore Foundation is pledging to donate $1 for every pound of crayons collected, up to $40,000, to further The Crayon Initiative’s mission to improve the lives of hospitalized children through art and creativity.

“We’re thrilled to extend our national partnership with The Crayon Initiative,” says Pepe Piperno, owner and CEO of A.C. Moore. ”Having opportunities to create can help reduce stress, ease anxiety and prevent boredom during a young person’s hospital stay. Through our partnership with The Crayon Initiative, we hope to provide an outlet for creative expression and help make these children’s lives just a bit more colorful.”

To participate, bring unwanted and used crayons to any A.C. Moore retail location and deposit them in designated collection receptacles from June 24th - August 4th.

“A.C. Moore has been a wonderful national partner and we’re grateful to their customers in communities across the region for supporting the movement and becoming Crayon Advocates,” says Bryan Ware, founder and executive director of The Crayon Initiative. “As a result, we’re able to reach more hospitalized children and brighten their lives during an otherwise stressful time.”

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