BRICKTOBER is back!

It’s that time of year again…BRICKTOBER!

Let’s all work together to collect new and used Lego and get it to kids in need!

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For the entire month of October, we are encouraging all of you to set up Lego Drives in your schools and businesses! We’re here to help! Please reach out to us if you are interested in participating and we can walk you through it step by step!

 

 

Play Well Jewelry donates Lego to Viejo Elementary School’s STEM Lab!

As most of you may know, all four of the Serratos kids attend or attended Viejo Elementary School. We have seen it evolve into the amazing school that it is today with specialized programs for the students, new playground equipment and their one of a kind garden. The most recent addition is the STEM Lab and we couldn’t be happier to see this addition implemented! So, when the staff reached out and requested some Lego for some hands on lessons, we jumped at the chance to help!

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While Lego is a favorite amongst kids to play with, it’s also a learning tool.  LEGO provides the engaging, hands-on experiences students need to explore core STEM concepts and link them to real-life phenomenon. Solutions grow with students as they problem-solve and discover how science, technology, engineering, and math affect their everyday life.

With some of the donations from McDowell Elementary school and some from the Azurin Family (Thank you Amanda, King, & Rolynn) we were able to donate almost 15 lbs of Lego to The Viejo STEM Lab!

We are so excited to be helping out some local causes! If you have some Lego you’d like to donate please don’t hesitate to reach out! We are also accepting donations!

McDowell Elementary host its first Lego Drive!

Back in June, McDowell Elementary School teamed up with Play Well Jewelry to host their first annual Lego Drive! They invited us to join them at their open house for the Lego Drive Kick Off and we were able to speak with so many amazing students and families about what we do! Over the course of a couple weeks, they collected Lego and we picked everything up on their last day of school.


Today, we were able to donate almost 150 lbs of Lego from McDowell Elementary to Play Well Africa! All of those Lego will be going to underprivileged kids in Uganda! We are also utilizing some of the Lego bricks donated by McDowell for another very special project we’ll tell you about soon.

Thank you McDowell Elementary School for doing something so amazing for others! We appreciate your support and look forward to the next Lego Drive!

 

Let’s get Trey to Uganda!

We LOVE when kids do rad things! When we see kids doing rad things, we want to help them….so, here’s what we have in mind, and we’re going to need your help! Let me introduce you to my friend Trey…

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I’ve known my friend Trey for most of my life. He’s smart, a little silly and fun to be around. Well, he recently ran RAGNAR to raise money for the South Sudanese refugees and the following day, he got to help pack over 112,000 emergency meals for those same families! Now, he is presented with the opportunity to join his church and Kids Around the World in Pagirinya, Uganda and help distribute those meals and build a playground!

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So awesome right! Well, I’ve been to Uganda twice and know what a life changing experience it can be for a kid. I want Trey to have that experience too. Since I don’t have a lot of money, I was trying to think of a way I could help. I decided I would make some custom pieces to sell and all the money raised would go to Trey’s trip!

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I made keychains and necklaces with the colors of the Ugandan flag. I thought it would be nice for anyone who wants to help, to have something to remember what a nice thing they were doing. My goal is to raise $600.00!

You can help Trey get to Pagirinya, Uganda to help other families and to have an experience of a lifetime. I know he’s going to come back wanting to do even more!

Keychains can be purchased for $5.00 here and necklaces for $10.00 here.  You can also make a donation here.

To find out more about Kids Around the World you can visit http://www.katw.net/

Thank you so much for your continued support.

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BIG news!

I have some GREAT BIG NEWS to share! As you all know, my sister Anabelle and I have been saving money to go on a trip to Uganda to hand deliver Lego to kids. This year it was really hard to raise the money for both of us. We worked really hard and held Lego drives and sold our Lego Jewelry, but it wasn’t enough. Today, something AMAZING happened.

Kevin from Mission Viejo Transmission, where they do Girls in the Garage asked me to and Ani to stop by. When we got there he had a check for $1,000 for our trip! I was so excited because that money is just what we needed to get us to Uganda!

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I LOVE Girls in the Garage. I have been going there for a few years now and the guys there are always super nice and always teach everyone really cool things about cars. The have been so supportive with Girl Scouts and my Lego adventure. They even let me have a booth at one of the Girls in the Garage events where I sold lots of items.

To everyone at Mission Viejo Transmission, Anabelle and I are so thankful for your support.

If you’d like to chip in and donate to help these two out you can do so here.

Let’s get Anabelle to Uganda!

It’s almost time to head back to Uganda with Play Well Africa to take Lego to kids in need! I can’t wait!!!!

This year, my sister Anabelle has been helping a lot. She’s helped me collect lots of Lego! She even thought of a way to raise money for her trip. Over the winter holidays, she made Lego ornaments and sold them wherever she could. I continued to sell my Lego Jewelry to raise money too. Unfortunately, we are both still pretty far from our goals to get us to Uganda.

We have a bunch of items we’ve made together. We still have our regular items, but we’ve also made hair bows, earrings, hair clips, portable tic-tac-toes, keychain holders, picture frames and more. We are hoping to sell ALL of it this weekend at a local festival, but if we don’t we will be listing it on our Etsy page.

In the meantime, please watch and share this video. Check out the tabs above and maybe buy something or make a donation. We really appreciate it….any little bit helps!

Thank you all for the support!


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/216081233″>Anabelle goes to Uganda</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user60954992″>Alicia Serratos</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

 

BRICK WALK CHALLENGE!

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Forget hot coals, we challenge you to walk across a path of LEGO! Oh! We wouldn’t ask you to do this for no reason, keep reading and you’ll find out about the amazing cause this supports!

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Here’s how it works: 
1) Take a gallon bag and fill it with Lego
2) Spread the Lego over a 10 foot length
3) Walk across barefoot and try not to cry
4) Post a video and this text to challenge your friends!

Why would someone do this? Here in the developed world, we have so much stuff. Some of it is awesome stuff, like Lego. But we have much of it that it’s often lying around our house.

You would think the pain and aggravation of stepping on a Lego would be a universal experience, but you’d be wrong. In places like rural Uganda, many kids have no toys or learning tools at all. They have never heard of or seen Lego.

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The Brick Walk Challenge is raising awareness for Play Well Africa, a grassroots nonprofit that provides used Lego and other learning tools to underprivileged families and schools in Uganda, Kenya, and Botswana. If you are nominated for the challenge, you must either accept it, make a video, and copy this post, OR donate $25 or 1 pound of Lego to Play Well Africa.

WATCH OUR VIDEO HERE: http://bit.ly/brickwalkchallenge

 

We had so much fun making this video and we are going BIG with our challenge….

WE NOMINATE ELLEN DEGENERES, COACH ANTHONY, MR. BECERRA AND DAVID BECKHAM.

Feel free to click on their names and send them a tweet letting them know you want to see their #BrickWalkChallenge videos!

You can also purchase Lego Jewelry and ornaments from Play Well Jewelry or if you’d like to donate directly to Alicia or Anabelle you can do that too!

Anabelle joins the team!

I’d like to introduce a very special person….my sister ANABELLE!

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Anabelle is one of my sisters and she’s 8 years old and really funny. I told her all about my trip, showed her pictures and video and now she really wants to help out and make the trip to Uganda too! She making ornaments and selling them to raise money for her trip. Please support her and buy an ornament or two!

Hi! I’m Anabelle and I really want to go to Africa with my sister to meet kids and give them Lego to make them so happy. I’m making Lego ornaments and selling them to raise money to go on my trip to Uganda. Please buy one and help me reach my goal to help kids in Uganda! You can purchase the ornaments by going to the Play Well Jewelry “buy” page. You can also make a donation here. Thank you!