Local family crayon project giving hope to homeless

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 14, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 1:43 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. – Two local families are turning broken crayons into meals for the homeless. They aren’t serving them: they’re creatively giving the crayons new life in a project to raise money for the Union Gospel Mission.

It was one of their kid’s ideas: he read about someone melting down broken crayons to form new crayons to raise money for a cause in another country. So his parents encouraged him and learned the process.

Now two cousins and each of their families: eight kids altogether, ages two to 10, are joining together to form Colors of Hope Spokane.

They all have a heart for the homeless, so they’re collecting broken crayons anywhere they can find them. The kids are learning through some patience, planning and hard work, they can make a product while making a difference.

Colors of Hope Spokane plans to have a booth at the Garland Street Fair this July. Their goal is to collect, recycle and resell enough crayons to serve 5,000 meals at the Union Gospel Mission.

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