Worcester man donates Lego sets to kids with cancer

WORCESTER — It’s not uncommon for Matt Laramie to work late into the night packing his pick-up truck with Legos.

“It’s given me a purpose in life and something to do. I never dreamed it would be this cool and this big, but it’s pretty awesome,” Laramie said.

Matt started a charity after he sent a bunch of toys to a friend who is a child-life specialist at a hospital as a way to cheer the kids up.

“Six or 7 days later she sends me a message and said you know a kid came in for his chemo treatment today and they have a prize cabinet and he went over and the first thing he picked was a set of Legos. She said he was so happy and you don’t even know how much you made this kid’s day,” he said.

That inspired the 37-year-old Worcester native to launch Matt’s Lego Drive For Kids With Cancer.

Matt delivers Lego sets to hospitals, including UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center and organizations in the Worcester area treating kids with cancer.

“I mean, imagine being stuck in a hospital bed that for several months and with nothing to do, you know,” said Laramie. “Legos teach you so much, you know, colors, shapes how to follow instructions, how to use their imagination if they want, you know what I mean.”

All the Lego sets are donated and Matt has received sets from all over the country and around the world.

He said it’s all about putting a smile on a sick child’s face. “It’s a cool cause. I really enjoy doing it and I know every kid that gets these things they love them, so it does wonders for people who really need them right now,” Laramie said.

In the past year since he started the charity Matt has delivered more than 800 Lego sets.

If you’re interested in donating to Matt’s charity, here is the link: Matt’s Lego Drive for Kids with Cancer | Facebook.

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