Monday, November 12, 2007
Matthew and Emily Leinwand
Doing hospital rounds with dad could have been boring. But for Matthew and Emily Leinwand, the experience was inspirational. They wanted to cheer up the kids at the hospital with something simple: crayons.

From that idea and an empty box on their front porch in 2001, Matthew and Emily started Crayons4Kids. Since then, they have collected more than 100,000 new crayons and 7,000 coloring books as well as nearly 1,000 baby rattles and 2,500 new toys and games.

Now, Matthew, 11, and Emily, 12, want to deliver gifts beyond their local pediatric hospital. They've seen the smiles and felt the hugs. These siblings are hoping to deliver that happiness to more hospital beds across America.


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Hello. I am a 20 year old, inspired by what these kids are doing. I was wondering if there was any way I can volunteer in helping to expand this great idea.
I remember when my younger brother was always in the hospital suffering from Cystic Fibrosis and there was a nurse who would come around and give the sick kids crayons and paper.....it is amazing what a simple and inexpensive toy can do to bring up the spirits of a sick child. I would love to financially contribute to project.
I would like them to know that I have had a child in the hospital on and off for the last 6yrs so I know first hand how this is important. He is going to be having a kidney transplant sometime soon. It is so amazing how something so simple can do so much. God bless you both and keep on you will never know how you have touched someones life. There are days that the only thing that will make them smile are colors and a coloring book. KEEP ON
This sounds like a wonderful idea. How can I make a contribution and where do I send it??Keep up the good work. I'm sure this makes a lot of sick children and their families happy.
YaY!!!!!! Keep up the good work Emily and Matt!!!!!!!!!! Good luck!!!!!!! break a leg!
Hannah S
The crayons4kids web link is down... someone should get it back up quickly, while so many people are seeing this and are inspired...
WHAT A WONDERFUL ACT OF KINDNESS.
THESE KIDS ARE TEACHING ALL WHO HEAR ABOUT THEM A LESSON IN COMPASSION.
HOW AWESOME. I'M MOVED TO MAKE A CALL TO OUR LOCAL HOSPITAL AND SEE WHAT I CAN DO FOR THE KIDS THERE.
MAY GOD BLESS YOU, MATTHEW AND EMILY...AND YOUR DAD FOR TEACHING YOU TO CARE ABOUT THOSE LESS FORTUNATE. YOU ARE TRUE ANGELS.
Hey guys keep up the good work!!!!!
We believe in you. Thank you for caring about the children in the world. We have a friend that was recently in the hospital for severe burns. He was accidentally burned in a fire.
!!!!!THANK YOU BOTH!!!!!
We would like to help organize this in the Cleveland/Akron area. We have 2 top pediatric hospitals and one smaller one in this area and my kids and I have been wondering how we can help cheer sick children. Please let us know how we can give of our time and efforts.
EMILY AND MATT ,I SMILED WHILE READING .YOU BROUGHT ME THE X-MAS GIFT(SMILE). MY PRAYERS ARE ALWAYS FOR YOU BOTH . I HOPE AND PRAY MY GIRLS WILL DO SOMETHING IN SICK PEOPLE LIFE .
This is certainly a wonderful effort these kids are making. I'm sure their work brings them as much satisfaction and happiness as those they're helping. But through this experience, have they learned something more? Are they looking to their own future and considering a career path in volunteerism?
Thank you, Matthew and Emily, for setting such a wonderful example of real love and compassion for your friends, peers, and parents. The world certainly needs a positive boost such as this. You inspire me and my children to do something more in our community.May God bless you and your efforts!
what do you feel was the most touching situation you have been in while delivering your project?
Matt and Emily,
You guys rock. Thats all there is to it. Your selflessness is an inspiration well beyond what even know. You are both catalysts for love. Thank you.
I would like to know any challenges these two kids faced along the way, how they went about distributing everything they collected, and how they now plan to expand this organization.
Matt & Emily:

What an inspiration for young people to stop watching video games all day!

You saw a need and you filled the need! Congratuations!

Just wondering....did you ever consider teaming up with the Shriners and their team of clowns or a pet therapy group?

Your hearts are definately golden and true!
Hey Emily and Matthew!!!

Just caught you on the news!! We're so proud of what you're doing. Keep up the good work of bringing smiles to children in the hospital!

Dr. and Mrs. Downing ! :)
matt & emily,
we are so proud of you... your old neighbors. great work!!!
It is really touching to the compassion and dedication shown by these young people!!! May you always dream big and never lose that desire to help others!
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