Granite Bay teen collects Legos for needy kids
Bailey Snow grew up with a love for playing with Legos because of how the toy stimulates a child’s mind and constantly offers something new.
“It’s not like a Barbie, where you’re doing the same thing over and over,” he said. “You can do whatever the heck you want.”
Bailey, 15, wants other children to experience the same joy he felt — especially those kids who are less fortunate. So, the Granite Bay High School sophomore created a charity called Brick Dreams in which he collects new and gently used Legos and donates them to nonprofit organizations that work with children.
“I’ve always loved Legos and I read something that 60 Lego bricks exist for every one person,” Bailey said. “I thought, ‘That’s really cool.’ But then I realized that I have a ton of them, which means some don’t have any at all.”
He started a student club at his high school, the Brick Dreams Club, which now has six members. He set up a website — with the tagline “bricks plus children equal happiness” — and got his first donation in September from a family friend. He has since received more, including two large plastic bins of Legos left at his doorstep. Bailey also gladly accepts donations of Ziploc bags.
After cleaning the toys, Bailey mixes the pieces up and sorts them into bags. He has donated a total of 45 pounds of blocks to the safe house operated by WEAVE, which provides crisis intervention services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Sacramento County.
“Bailey is an amazing teen who has taken something simple and made it incredibly meaningful,” said Nichoel Menicucci, community relations coordinator with WEAVE.
The organization’s safe house serves more than 300 women and children escaping violence each year.
“Anytime someone in the community steps up to give those children a gift it has a huge impact on their lives,” Menicucci said. “The Legos that Bailey provides for us through his charity allow the children to play, but they also learn the value of giving.”
Bailey’s mom Nina Snow said she’s proud of her son’s efforts to help others.
“He’s always been really empathetic even as a little kid,” she said. “He’s always the kid to go play with someone who isn’t playing with anybody.”
Bailey plans to keep the charity going at least until he enters college, with plans to eventually become an orthopedic surgeon. In the meantime, he’ll keep adding to his Legos collection.
“He’s just starting and his heart is in the right place … it’s such a simple thing but it doesn’t have to be complicated,” Nina Snow said. “If your heart’s in the right place, you can find a way to contribute.”