Brady Howard found out through a business partner that patients at Seattle Children’s Hospital are sometimes only given few crayons even though the hospital purchases $12,000 worth and distributes 240,000 crayons.
Howard’s company, The Cascade Team Real Estate, has been hosting a Crayola drive for 10 years. This is the first time a drive will be held in Gig Harbor. In previous years all of the drives have been on the Eastside, near Bellevue.
The drive will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (April 25) at Fred Meyer, 5500 Olympic Drive.
Because the drive is new to the area, Howard has been telling everyone he knows about it and sending out lots of flyers.
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“I’m putting it out there as much as I can,” he said.
The drive has brought in about a million crayons before, Howard said, and it gets bigger every year.
One specification is the crayons must be Crayola because the brand is non-toxic.
A member of Howard’s company first brought up the crayon drive idea. He had a child that was a patient at the hospital and saw that there simply weren’t enough crayons to give out. He wanted each patient to have a large color palette.
“Hopefully we’ll get enough crayons to give these guys a box each,” Howard said.
Fred Meyer is stocking up on crayons to prepare for the drive, hoping that shoppers will pick up a box to drop off, he said.