Rising Son Karate collects crayons for hospitalized children

(MGN Online)

One Heartland business is spreading a little bit of color to those in need.

Rising Son Karate in Kirksville has joined in on the Crayon Initiative by collecting used or new crayons to be recycled into new crayons and given to children's hospitals around the world.

The Crayon Initiative is a northern California based non-profit that promotes the arts for children by providing them access to the resources they need.

Once received, the organization will collect all the broken and used crayons, melt them town, then use a custom mold to make new crayons that are boxed up and sent to children's hospitals.

Twila Schuler, an instructor at Rising Son, told KTVO why it's important to teach the kids to give back.

"I think it's really important that they learn it while they're young, because there's times when we need somebody to reach out to us and when we're able to reach out to others and give. I think a lot of times it makes it easier for us to receive and to humble ourselves when we need to be on the other side of things. It's a selfless act but then it opens up our hearts to be able to receive at those times that we do need."

You can drop off your new or used crayons at Rising Son Karate located at 119 West Potter Ave in Kirksville on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Collections will run through the month of March.

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