Sorting, cutting, sharpening, and even melting.
It’s one step after the other until colors4change sends off these newly crafted crayons.
What is colors4change?
“We collect recycled art supplies and we donate them to underserved facilities – basically children who don’t have access to them. So most of the stuff here you’ll see is like people who have already used these crayons and stuff,” explained President and Founder Anaisa, a Neuqua Valley student.
It’s an idea that grew after Anaisa fundraised earlier this year for an Indian maternal and infant health organization.
Since June, the nonprofit has grown with the help of some of her classmates and volunteers. So far the outcome of their hard work has been shipped to communities in Riverton, Jamaica and New Dehli, India.
“We also wanted to help other people and also ensure that people around us are happy,” said colors4change Secretary Rishabh. “Especially coming from Naperville that’s an affluent neighborhood, helping other third world countries that don’t necessarily get the same facilities that we do. So it brings a lot of satisfaction to us and the organization.”
Making a Difference
They’ve even collaborated with local restaurants, collecting their old crayons to make new again.
“Change can happen just one step at a time. Even if someone could just donate a bag of crayons that could make someone’s day,” said Vice President Jessica.
With over 100 pounds already collected in just two short months of operation, Anaisa hopes colors4change continues to grow, and perhaps start chapters throughout the US.
“We just want to make a difference,” added Anaisa. “Even just one crayon can make a difference in a child’s life. Growing up art was a big thing in my life. And having access to crayons and stuff, a lot of kids don’t have that. So we just want to provide that for them. So that’s what it means for us.”
How to Donate
If you’d like to donate your crayons, colored pencils, stationary, and other art supplies, you can do so at colors4change.org.
Creating change one color at a time.
Naperville News 17’s Christine Lena reports.