LEGO donation for UVA Children's Hospital
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Little Bricks Charity donated 240 LEGO sets, which equals to roughly $6,000 worth of LEGOs, to the University of Virginia Children's Hospital on Monday.
The overall goal of the organization is to give children an escape from their reality of being in the hospital.
"I mean these kids are sitting in these hospital beds sometimes two, three weeks, months at a time. And they can pick up a box and use the same box of bricks to become a pirate on the seven seas, or a spaceship captain, or a dog groomer, or heck, even a doctor like they see here at UVA. That escape is what we're looking for,” said Russell Cassevah, the president and founder of Little Bricks Charity.
He is a three-time Guinness World Record holder, Tik-Tok content creator, and certified LEGO professional, but his main mission is to help bring a smile to a child's face.
"A smile on a kid, for one day, in that situation, is worth a year of smiles on any adult," said Cassevah.
This all came to be because of one particular child, who lost her battle with brain cancer.
"And it was that moment that I knew that I had to do this. I quit the job that I had, I cashed out my retirement, and I said, ‘I'm doing this.’ I don't care what it takes. We're going to go in and we're going to make a difference for every single child that we come across,” Cassevah said.
And the nurses get to experience first-hand the joy on a child's face when they get a LEGO set.
"LEGOs make all of a difference. I mean we have some kids that every single day all that they ask to do is play with LEGOs. 'Can I have a new LEGO set. Can I have a new LEGO set.' Like, I want to play with LEGOs. So, it makes all the difference and having a foundation like this who is so willing to donate LEGOs, it makes such a difference for us cause a lot of times we run out of LEGO sets and we don't have them to provide to kids. So, this donation is really huge for us,” said Savannah Sweatman, a Certified Child Life Specialist at UVA Children’s Hospital.
Next year, Little Bricks Charity is hoping to donate $100,000 worth of LEGOs to children's hospitals. For more information, click here.