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The amount of money raised is going to make such a difference to the kids on the receiving end of all this kindness - having a chance of winning one of the generously donated items is just the icing on the cake. Thanks to @kevbags for organising, and to all those who donated prizes. You guys are all sorts of awesome.
It will bring the total to seven locations.
As rediculous as this sounds considering we are giving things away it isn't always easy to make the initial contact and turning up to a childrens ward/hospital un announced obviously wouldn't go down so well.
Extra places are needed because one it spreads the joy to more kids and two, practically if to much money was spent in the same place they couldn't store it!
I entered the raffle about a week ago but I have been having troubles with my Paypal account. I know its an extreme hassle but could you confirm if you received my entry?
Thank you so much :)
If I got first pick I'd settle for the monster fighter zombies.
@BrickDancer To ensure a peaceful nights sleep I think the only solution is more tickets ;-)
Thanks to @legoboy and with compliments fron TLG this arrived today for direct donation to the hospital pile :-)
Thankyou James and thankyou LEGO :-)
The hospital could of course give a smaller set away here and there as they see fit.
Cars are always a risk as once a single wheel is gone...
My 5 year old is a huge fan of the city theme, loves the emergency service sets. For example Helicopter Rescue #4429 this would be cool as it has a hospital.
We should probably include some Friends sets as well.
Hate this bit, why can't they hand the money to the hospitals??? Delivered locally to where????
No cash will be handed over. It will be given to trusted Brickset members to spend on Lego and be delivered locally. With our collective buying knowledge we are much more likely to get maximum value for money and therefore more bricks into sick kids hands.
Children's wards usually (from my very limited experience) attempt to reduce the 'hospitalness' with bright colours and picture murals, don't they?
I like the idea of creator sets, houses and so forth, gender neutral is definitely the way to go - with a mix of colours including pastels for those who appreciate a more delicate shade. :o)
The Lego acquired with the proceeds will be delivered directly to the hospitals involved.
I'm sorry you feel somehow this project is in someway dodgy. A similar one operated last year without any problems. True it was on a smaller scale but the principle was the same.
I'm also sure that we will be able to make the money go further than if the Hospital staff just go and buy Lego from the local department store at RRP, assuming they can even do this and don't have to put all donation money into some kind if consolidated revenue.
Hospital social workers have more than enough to do without being saddled with having to figure out how to spend a large sum of money on LEGO which they may know nothing about.
Instead 8 (9?) Brickset members, known to varying degrees within the community, will take delivery of a large number of boxes and spend their time and money getting them to the hospitals at a time convenient to those hospitals. Many of those people have donated sets themselves either for the raffle or to be given to the hospital and/or contributed to the amount raised.
The reason the number of boxes is so large? Hours spent by members searching for the cheapest way to purchase them resulting in up to twice as many sets as you'd get purchasing from [email protected]
Where are they going? There's a list of four hospitals at the beginning of the thread, Kevin just announced Barcelona and he's mentioned my attempts in Toulouse. I seem to recall other updates but really you can read the thread yourself.
While your scepticism would be perfectly appropriate for a random ad on craigslist/Gumtree it's not appropriate here within a group of people who have seen thousands of dollars of LEGO change hands with very few problems. In fact it's quite inappropriate to be casting aspersions on people you do not know given the amount of information on this project, and it's predecessor, available here and in other threads.
I've probably come across harshly but the generosity of this community has blown away everyone involved, and most of it is documented on the Brickset forum for anyone to see, coming in and seeming to pass judgment on everyone involved without bothering to look into it is really rude.
By all means don't send Kevin money if you don't wish to, I have no interest in pressuring you, just let us alone to take joy in joining together to make kids' lives better in a way appropriate to what brought us together in the first place. We're not stupid, there are all sorts of horrible people around, that just makes this opportunity, and this community, more special.
Years ago we (wife and I) donated an original (#4709) Lego Hogwarts Castle we had picked up from TK Maxx to a hospital through a friend who was volunteering in the children's ward - boxed and everything although opened and before I was collecting again. I sometimes think "Why did we do that?" just because it's so rare these days but in the end a bunch of kids got to play with it and that makes me happy and glad we did.
This is the same sort of thing.
I would encourage you to join, we here at Brickset are generally a very positive, giving bunch.
My wife also suggested that we should just give the money, but that would miss our special unique ability which is to get maximum Lego or the children and spread the joy that these little bricks can bring, even at the most distressing times.
Look at the kid's face. You think that was staged??
There are plenty of people within our community that have working behind the scenes for some considerable amount of time to make this work and get the most out of shops for when it comes to buy the donated toys. Hell, even TLG made a donation.
Pathetic! Crawl back to your hole TROLL!
After your ill-thought-through post I hope you can find the time to apologise to the people working so hard to bring happiness to ill children.
I see this was your first and only comment in the forum, you only get one to chance to make a first impression, I guess you blew yours.