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LEGO Creations for Charity 2012!

Make children happy during the Christmas holidays and get awesome LEGO creations at the same time! This is the 4th year for LEGO Creations for Charity founded by Nannan Zhang and supported by many LEGO fans from around the world. You can have some fun, and also know you are participating in a great cause to raise money for underprivileged children during the holidays. How? Read the details below!

LEGO Creations for Charity is an annual fundraising event where LEGO builders from all over the world donate their creations to sell and raise money to buy LEGO sets for kids who otherwise wouldn’t have the chance to play with LEGO. In their first year in 2009, LEGO Creations for Charity sold 43 LEGO creations and raised $2,010. They purchased and donated almost $3,000 worth of LEGO sets to Toys for Tots. In 2010 they sold 120 LEGO creations and raised $9,035 from sales and monetary donations and donated over $14,000 worth of LEGO sets along with a check for $723 to Toys for Tots. In 2012 they sold 66 creations and raised $5,700. And despite the lower funds, they still managed to donate almost $9,200 worth of LEGO sets!

This year LEGO Creations for Charity is expanding their donations to two countries outside the USA: Chile and Croatia, and they need a lot more funds to buy enough LEGO to make this happen. They have already raised over 2,000 in the first two days and looking forward to setting a new record! Here is Nannan explaining how the process works and how you can participate:

Would you like to participate? Below are ways you can take part. There is a way for everyone to have some fun and make a difference!

➡ Visit the LEGO Creations for Charity store to buy LEGO creations donated by fans. Please note that the best creations go fast. Also, I recommend that you check back often as new creations are added regularly until November 30th. Visit the store here.

➡ Donate your own LEGO creation to the charity drive. Fill out the donation form here before November 15th, and your LEGO creation will be listed at the LEGO Creations for Charity store. You’ll feel good knowing that you have brightened a child’s holiday with a LEGO set (or more)! You can also get reimbursed you for the cost of making your creation. This will make it easier to part with your LEGO bricks. If your donations contribute more than $50 to the fundraiser, you will also receive a special thank-you gift.

➡ If you don’t see what you are looking for at the store, you can head over to the LEGO Creations for Charity Indiegogo campaign to get a commissioned LEGO creation or pick up a cool LEGO gift! Here are some examples of what you can have an experienced LEGO builder do for you:

And here are the LEGO gift items you can purchase at the campaign page. You can donate for them individually, or get all three:

If you have any questions about the LEGO Creations for Charity fundraiser don’t hesitate to ask in the comment section. Are you planning to participate? How? Share your thoughts below, and Happy Holidays!

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  • The Yellow Ninja October 21, 2012, 11:12 AM

    WOW! that is so sweet. I was looking through the store and there were some interesting things on there.

  • Dude October 21, 2012, 12:37 PM

    I looked and the sets were VERY Expesive i saw like a little go cart for like 65.00 though the cause is worth the money

    • admin October 21, 2012, 5:38 PM

      Yeah, as you said; here the focus is on the charity first. Also, you can get some very unique LEGO creations from famoues LEGO builders – that count’s for something too. 😉

      Also, don’t forget ot check back often as they are adding new stuff as donations come in. It is really worth it. I have been watching this charity drive for 3 years now and have seen some very amazing creations. You will likely find something that you will be very happy about and at the same time you know your money went for a good cause. It is really an awesome feeling. 🙂

  • Kristy Carlson December 11, 2012, 1:31 PM

    Just another source for charity LEGO ornaments sold each year. The Carlson brothers (Brandon, age 10 and Aidan, age 6) build and sell over 500 ornaments each year to benefit children living in homeless and domestic violence shelters. We have ornaments starting at only $10 with flat rate shipping! Check it out!

    • admin December 11, 2012, 1:55 PM

      Kristy, your project is already mentioned in the article. 😉

  • hippyman April 13, 2016, 9:35 PM

    I’ve been wanting to create a larger project out of legos, maybe a life size endangered species. I was wondering if there was a way to use it to raise funds for an environmental organization. If anyone has any ideas, please let me know.

    • admin April 13, 2016, 9:52 PM

      Is there a LUG near you? They should be able to help with a project like that.

      • hippyman April 13, 2016, 10:32 PM

        Not that I know of. I’m kind of in the middle of nowhere, 2.5 hours to any “big” city.

        • hippyman April 13, 2016, 10:32 PM

          Are there online LUG’s that could help?

        • admin April 13, 2016, 10:41 PM

          Did you check the LUG map? https://lan.lego.com/lugs. For events like this a physical LUG is a much better match. They get support from LEGO for running public events and they have a lot of experience in this regard.

          If you don’t have a LUG near you, can the environmental organization take care of the event as far as setting up the venue, dealing with the public, and the fundraising part? You can provide the display, and maybe run some interactive LEGO play areas for kids. Sort of like what LUGs do.

          • hippyman April 13, 2016, 10:45 PM

            The closest LUG to me is in DFW, and I’m up close to the oklahoma border.

            • admin April 13, 2016, 11:08 PM

              You might want to contact them. Even if they can’t participate, they should be able to give you some tips. And who knows? They may have some members who just happen to be in your area.

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