Henry Banner first came up with his Mitzvah Project when he and his family learned that his 8-year-old cousin had been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. After learning more about diabetes and how many children, like his cousin, suffer from its effects, Banner was inspired to dedicate his Mitzvah Project to creating awareness for juvenile diabetes and the great work Camp Kudzu does for this specific community.
“Camp Kudzu is a really cool place where kids like my cousin can go and not have to worry about their diabetes for a while,” says Henry Banner, “I just thought it would be nice for these kids to have their own LEGO sets to play with on days when it’s raining at camp.”
While participating in Camp Kudzu’s programs, the children are educated on insulin administration, dose adjustments, counting carbohydrates, recognizing hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia and other skills vital to proper diabetes management. The campers also are taught how to build friendships in order to have a social support network and be able to establish positive patterns for living with diabetes.
“After hearing Henry’s story and the motivation behind his Mitzvah Project, I immediately knew we had to help him,’” says Whitney Kemmerick, marketing manager of LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta, “We are excited to help Henry make his goal of collecting 500 LEGO sets for the kids at Camp Kudzu.”
The community is invited to drop new, unopened LEGO sets at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta’s admissions from December 15 – 17. Sets can also be purchased in LEGOLAND Discovery Center’s LEGO Shop, where guests who make a purchase of $25 or more on LEGO sets will receive 40 percent off a LEGO Classic Set! Also, guests who donate a LEGO set can enter to win an LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta annual pass!