WHO ARE YOU?
We are a small team based in Brooklyn, NY. We like burritos, sports, and the smell of sawdust.
WHY THIS PROBLEM?
It seems like small potatoes at first. With all the problems refugee children are already facing, focusing on sports equipment might appear frivolous, but it's the best possible way for us to get involved based on our limited skill sets.
We believe in the healing power of sports, the sense of normalcy that reliable play equipment can provide, and the importance that kids everywhere get the chance to be kids.
There are already many much more capable organizations working on the big stuff. We just want to help where we see a need.
HOW CAN I ORDER PLAYPALLETS?
HOW CAN I HELP?
There are tons of ways! You can donate. You can spread the word on social media. Got a contact at a newspaper or magazine? Great! You can put them in touch with us. Have access to aid organizations that might be interested in working with us? Awesome! Do you represent a brand that would like to get involved? HIT US UP!
WHY NOT JUST SHIP NORMAL PLAY EQUIPMENT?
Great question! It's hard to make an argument to give space on a shipping pallet meant for food, water, medicine, and/or clothing to a bunch of bulky playthings. So we decided to make the playthings become the pallet.
DO THE PALLETS STILL WORK AS ACTUAL PALLETS?
Of course! They are made out of heat-treated SYP and measure 48"x40", just like a standard shipping pallet. They have 2-way forklift slots, and can carry the same amount of weight.
WHY DID YOU MAKE THEM OUT OF WOOD?
During the design and planning phase, we entertained various materials to be used in the creation of PlayPallets, but we ultimately settled on wood for a variety of reasons.
Wood is more environmentally friendly than other materials, and very widely available. It's workable by people in all cultures with very simple tools. And unlike specialty-molded plastic or metal, it can be easily repaired or replaced when it gets to its destination.
I GET THE BASKETBALL HOOPS, BUT CAN'T YOU PLAY SOCCER ANYWHERE AS LONG AS YOU HAVE A BALL?
Yeah. For sure. But part of our goal is to help kids in terrible situations establish a bit of normalcy and to feel like they have stuff that is just for them. Sure, you can play a pickup game with some sticks as goal markers, but with dedicated, standardized goals, you can rely on them enough to play fair games, form leagues, and teach/learn with much more effectiveness.