Purdy-Smith is a member of CAPRE (Community Association of People for REAL Enterprise) which supports individuals with intellectual disabilities through person-centered planning, entrepreneurship, innovation, partnership and community engagement. Purdy-Smith has developed a business where he makes and sells a variety of arts and crafts items.
One of Purdy-Smith’s favourite projects is making Crayzons, where he repurposes old crayons, melts them, and turns them into recycled art materials.
To help him with his enterprise, Purdy-Smith and his support worker Barry Bennett are looking for donations of used crayons. Their goal is to collect 1,500 pounds between now and the end of September. Crayon donations can be left at places such as the CAPRE office at Site 1-8736 Commercial Street New Minas and at K-Rock in New Minas. MBW Couriers has also agreed to pick up any donations throughout Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. More information on pick-up locations can be found by contacting the office at MrBsMakery@capre.org.
Finished Crayzons can be purchased as the CAPRE office, at both the Wolfville and Kentville markets, and several local businesses in the area such as Lee’s Shop in Canning and Go as you Grow in New Minas.
Mr. B’s Makery is always looking for other local businesses who might be willing to carry his products, or who might like to purchase the smaller Crazyon kits to be used as treats in restaurants or dental clinics.
New this year, Mr. B’s Makery can go on the road to make the Crayzons and other crafts with groups, or can put together activity boxes at various price points to send to people as gifts. The ideas and creativity are endless.
So far, the biggest Crazyon that Purdy-Smith has made is five pounds, two-feet long from 400 crayons. Eventually, he may try to break the world record with a Crayzon weighing more than 1500 pounds!
For now, he’s happy just to collect that weight in used crayons for his projects.
As Bennett explains, “Some of Brendon’s favourite things are to make things, have fun and to be with people, so by creating art supplies, he is bringing people together to have fun.”
For more information on where to drop off crayons, purchase products, or order samples contact MrBsMakery@capre.org.