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Polybags For Refugees In Germany

SirKevbagsSirKevbags Fairy Land Member Posts: 4,027
edited August 2022 in Community and Events
We are all sadly aware of the humanitarian crisis sweeping through Europe at the moment. I've been thinking for the past week if there was something we can do with Fairy Bricks to help. A large concern about anything we could send would it be reaching the correct people. We wouldn't want a situation where 80% of anything we sent was to go "missing"

Thankfully one of the members of a German LEGO User Group has agreed to hand deliver any polybags we can send from here so they end up being played with by children. These people have far more pressing concerns than LEGO, we all know that but surely the children having a wee polybag to play with can only help. 

So if you have any spare ones from promotions laid there doing nothing then please consider donating them to this effort. They can be mailed to Fairy Bricks HQ before being bundled together and sent to their final destination. If you're outside of the UK and would prefer to mail them directly to our German contact then that can also be arranged. Our UK mailing address is

Fairy Bricks
26 Ravens Avenue

Thanks for reading :-)


  • LostInTranslationLostInTranslation UKMember Posts: 5,572
    I'm sure I've got a few spares I can send you.  
    Excellent cause and like you say it won't solve the crisis but those poor kiddies deserve to still be children and have some toys to play with. 
  • adiemcadiemc UKMember Posts: 591
    I've got some spare ones I can send you as well @sirkevbags
  • khmellymelkhmellymel United KingdomMember Posts: 1,312
    I'm sure I can dig through and find some duped too... is there a deadline for this?  I'll try to get to it this weekend to send out on Monday. ..
  • SirKevbagsSirKevbags Fairy Land Member Posts: 4,027
    @khmellymel No deadline, there could be a constant flow for a little while.
  • iamterryiamterry Member Posts: 166
    Do you know where the user is?  I'm heading to frankfurt on tuesday so in theory could drop off some of mine to them to save postage.
  • SirKevbagsSirKevbags Fairy Land Member Posts: 4,027
    Google maps says 170km north of Frankfurt so quite a distance.
  • MeganLMeganL Chicagoland Outpost, Brickset TowersMember Posts: 138
    Being in the U.S. I would probably need the German address. I know I have extras and I bet if I asked around I could find others who do as well.

    I will be in Hamburg in October so could deliver some if the contact is near there.
  • SirKevbagsSirKevbags Fairy Land Member Posts: 4,027
    @MeganL He is a long way from Hamburg unfortunately but if you would like to mail anything direct then I can pm the address.  
  • j4chin6868j4chin6868 Member Posts: 6

    im sure I have a few spare too


  • legogallegogal USMember Posts: 754
    Megan, in/near which California town do you live? Are you going to any big cities/events before your German trip, and what day do you leave on the trip?

    Maybe someone from Hamburg could deliver the ones MeganL takes over in October from the US.  That way there would be little spent on postage.
  • MeganLMeganL Chicagoland Outpost, Brickset TowersMember Posts: 138
    @SirKevbags if you could PM the address that would be great.

    I hadn't thought of mailing them when I was in Germany, though that's a great idea.  @legogal I live in the Bay Area.  Plans are in flux but I'll be leaving either October 6 or 13.  Actually if I leave on the earlier date I'll be in England first, and I can mail them to the Fairy Bricks address.

  • GIR3691GIR3691 Member Posts: 674
    Considering the refugees are likely going to be moved around a lot, might be good to give out a zipping sandwich bag along with the polybag so the parts don't get lost.
  • snowhitiesnowhitie BelgiumMember Posts: 3,075
    Great idea.I'll be in the UK in a couple of weeks so will post them to you when I get there.
  • CoyotelilyCoyotelily God's Own County, UKMember Posts: 661
    Sure Linda and I can find a few spares, wish you'd asked a couple of weeks ago just sold a job lot of about 100 but I'm sure there more lurking in a cupboard that can be put to such a good cause
  • xiahnaxiahna Member Posts: 156
    I honestly wish that Polly Bags were easy to get here, I'd love to help. Unfortunately we only get them in specialist shops and they go for around $15 per bag. Beautiful idea. very compassionate!
  • nexandernexander Glasgow Member Posts: 908
    I don't have any spare polys but a few mixels spare, would they be suitable?
  • GreendudeGreendude Member Posts: 58
    a cute idea but how about people sign up to donate a month's Lego allowance instead?  I'm sure with the amount spent on Lego just by Brickset members in 1 month, a quite substantial amount could be raised whilst still relating the charity to Lego.
  • nexandernexander Glasgow Member Posts: 908
    The problem with money donations is that when u r dealing with complex situations like this you are never sure what actually happens to it. This is a way of ensuring the toys are getting into the kids hands, giving them something to play with and hopefully helping them be 'kids' if you know what I mean
  • SirKevbagsSirKevbags Fairy Land Member Posts: 4,027
    @nexander Mixels would be most welcomed.

    @Greendude as a Charity, Fairy Bricks never distributes cash, always LEGO. Our core work of hospital deliveries is based around £800rrp of sets per hospital. We aim to spend no more than £400 in achieving that. With the other things hospital staff have to do there is no way they could achieve such discounts if we gave them the cash.

    With this particular appeal we felt there was a need to move quickly and polys are an ideal small portable plaything. 500 are already on their way to Germany with hopefully more to follow later this week.

    In principle though I like your idea about a months allowance. I wonder how many members have a budget like that? A month with no buying could be an interesting discussion topic!
  • adiemcadiemc UKMember Posts: 591
    @SirKevbags polys will be going in the post tomorrow.
  • nexandernexander Glasgow Member Posts: 908
    SirKevbags said:

    In principle though I like your idea about a months allowance. I wonder how many members have a budget like that? A month with no buying could be an interesting discussion topic!
    You have Dryathon, sober for September and movember, how about something similar for fairy bricks? Getting sponsored for abstaining from Lego for a month or something similar? My wife would sponsor me just so she can get more attention!
  • CoyotelilyCoyotelily God's Own County, UKMember Posts: 661
    @SirKevbags   Dropped you an email the other day, did you get it ?
  • jadeirenejadeirene US, CaliforniaMember Posts: 474
    I'm sure that I have some polys that I can send over.  I'm in the US, so it would probably be more cost effective if I send it straight to Germany.  It might take a couple of weeks for the package to get there, though.  Would that be okay?
    Just posted 14 polybags to the address above Kev. Good work, as always.

  • MinifiguresPlusMinifiguresPlus Member Posts: 218
    What kind of polybags? BR? 

    Also, these are being delivered to refugees in hospitals?
  • SirKevbagsSirKevbags Fairy Land Member Posts: 4,027
    Just an update folks :-)

    Over 600 polys have been dispatched to Germany. 100 or so have arrived and I added 400 from Fairy Bricks stock. In addition @caperberry threw in 100 and collected more from the London AFOL meet up. Thanks to everyone who has contributed.

    They have all arrived safely and are now being given out to children in refugee camps. When the pictures arrive I'll post them up.
  • MinifiguresPlusMinifiguresPlus Member Posts: 218
    We have 280 poly bags ready to go from the Indiana in the U.S. Do you have the address in Germany?
  • legomattlegomatt Member Posts: 2,543
    edited October 2015
    I just noticed this announcement/appeal has vanished from the forum recent discussions view. Was this an accidental consequence of some forum clean-up, or @SirKevbags ' request?

    (Obviously, this post has momentarily bumped it... but had the appeal ended is the key question).
  • SirKevbagsSirKevbags Fairy Land Member Posts: 4,027
    @legomatt Nothing has ended, this pretty much like anything that Fairy Bricks does is a constant ongoing process. Jorg is hard at work now hand delivering things but his stock will run dry and pretty quickly.
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    ^^Whoa how stressful was the exodus? That kid on the right is going full on grey!

    And much props and kudos to Fairy Bricks in helping to brighten the day for these refugee kids. Their appreciation and gratitude for this warm welcome will stay and grow with them over the coming years. Great job FB team!
  • VenunderVenunder Grimsby, UK.Member Posts: 2,645
    edited February 2016
    Recently I saw the story about Tempelhof Airport being used to house thousands of refugees, until they can be integrated into Germany. I though the kids looked very bored and wondered/hoped that this donation was happening and also wondered if it would be possible to extend the polybag thing to that site?

    Maybe buy some small creative boxes, as they are low priced in right now. Is there a German AFOL who could coordinate this? Jorg? 

  • CoyotelilyCoyotelily God's Own County, UKMember Posts: 661
    Happy to donate more polys if needed
  • JessyDooDahJessyDooDah UK Member Posts: 228

    I'll be heading to 'the jungle' refugee camp in Calais in a couple of weeks with my boss (no exact date yet, but she has a camper and goes about once a month donating clothes). I'm going to help her this time and wondered if I could help Fairy Bricks and the afol community too by delivering some polys to the kids?
    i have about 20-25 from my collection ready to go. Let me know if anyone wants to get involved. :) 
  • abordoliabordoli Atlanta, GeorgiaMember Posts: 131
    Just wondering in case it's not and I won't have to worry about diverting my polys. Is this still an active program?
  • 77ncaachamps77ncaachamps Aspiring Time Traveler Stuck in the West (US)Member Posts: 2,442
    abordoli said:
    Just wondering in case it's not and I won't have to worry about diverting my polys. Is this still an active program?
    I am curious as well. Snagged some clearance polys at Target which could happily be donated to a camp, if needed.

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