On Earth Day, QMC’s Teen Outreach Program (TOP) participated in a Crayons for Cancer event at Quinebaug Valley Community College. Crayons for Cancer is a non-profit organization who endeavors to ease the financial burdens of families whose children are currently suffering from cancer by raising money through the sale of fun and cute-shaped crayons. Funds raised replenish Family Funds and Treasure Chests at children’s hospitals nationwide.
Five (5) QMC freshmen students volunteered to prepare for and work at the Crayons for Cancer project on Earth Day. Preparation included collecting crayon donations and finding receptacles to store them in. During the event, visitors to the QMC’s Crayons for Cancer table were assisted by the students in pushing crayons through a wooden shredder which stripped the paper from the colorful wax tubes.
“We recycle the paper and the crayons will be melted down into different shapes, like sunglasses and stars,” said Zia Donais, 15, of Woodstock. “Then the new objects are sold for $1 and the money goes to the Crayons for Cancer group. It’s about up-cycling, or finding a new use for an old item.”
During the last few weeks of this school year, TOP students will spend club time stripping and sorting crayons while chatting and connecting. TOP group members plan to continue this project with students next year.
TOP is accepting crayon donations. Any restaurants, schools, or other crayon users that wish to develop an ongoing pickup of used crayons should contact Nicole Colter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-932-4120.
Read more about Crayons for Cancer here.