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Building support for those in need, one 'block' at a time

Updated 7:26 am, Wednesday, November 14, 2012

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  • Lucas Pida, 8, of Fairfield, shows off his Skull Truck and Death Star Lego creations at Saturday's Block Party at Fairfield Ludlowe High School.  Fairfield CT 11/10/12 Photo: Mike Lauterborn / Fairfield Citizen contributed
    Lucas Pida, 8, of Fairfield, shows off his Skull Truck and Death Star Lego creations at Saturday's Block Party at Fairfield Ludlowe High School. Fairfield CT 11/10/12 Photo: Mike Lauterborn

 

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It was not your typical "Block Party."

Even though the Saturday gathering lacked the traditional burgers and dogs on the grill of a typical neighborhood gathering, it did bring people together at Fairfield Ludlowe High School -- this time, to support charitable causes that help make the wishes of families and children with hardships come true.

The Block Party -- the "blocks" being Lego building blocks -- benefited the Make-A-Wish and b-Cause Foundations. Make-A-Wish supports families of children that have been diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses while b-Cause, a new 501c3, is about kids helping kids through tough times.

Hundreds of children and families attended the event, which offered a Lego art gallery, youngsters' diverse creations using the multi-colored blocks, shopping and even a dress-up/fashion show area called Sparkle & Shine.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, building contractors received free admission to the event; revenue from purchases at an on-site cafe was dedicated to Operation Hope's homeless shelter and a food drive collecting non-perishable items was conducted.