Air date: March 20, 2014
Susie Fenster is doing a new twist on take out. She comes to a restaurant with a plastic bin and leaves with …CRAYONS Susie: We were eating dinner at a family chain restaurant and after we were done eating the bus boy was clearing the crayons and putting them right in the garbage and it shocked me. Susie learned that for sanitary reasons, the restaurant couldn’t re-use the crayons. But others could. So she started bringing them home, and giving them to schools. And she formed Crayons 4 kids. Susie: I partnered with an organization called Operation Kid Equip that supplies up school supplies and materials for most of the children living in homelessness. The idea has caught on big. Susie: Crayons 4 Kids ultimate goal would be to collect 1 million crayons. Mitch: A million crayons? Susie: A million crayons Mitch: All in your house Susie: All in my house…no I don’t think I have room for a million. Even broken crayons are melted down and turned into new ones. Susie: We donated the crayons to a Detroit public school and elementary school. I’ve dropped them off at Ronald McDonald House and a local women’s shelter. Now I have restaurant managers calling me. I envision every restaurant in the United States collecting. I’m hoping. Mitch: Are you becoming known around your neighborhood as the crayon lady? Susie: The crayon lady. I think I might be (laughing). A simple idea changes garbage into a rainbow. Susie Fenster’s Crayons 4 Kids is helping to brighten and color the heart of Detroit.