Two Local Boys Use Legos To Give Clean Water (VIDEO)

By Madeline Shine - 21Alive

January 25, 2014 Updated Jan 25, 2014 at 8:01 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE,Ind. (21Alive) -- It's a story that will warm your heart. Two young boys from Fort Wayne are giving for a good cause.

Drinking clean water isn't a problem for most of us in Fort Wayne, but for children in Africa it is.

That's why two young boys from Aboite Township are spreading the word about this issue.

Isaac and Aaron Greene are setting out to collect Legos, that will make a huge difference to young children thousands of miles away.

Little people matter, that's exactly what Isaac and his brother Aaron are trying to achieve with each donated Lego, to give kids in Africa a chance to have clean drinking water.

"Kids die every day just because of lack of clean water and that's just kids plus a lot of adults die every day," Aaron Greene said.

The Greene boys launched a short movie on the lack of clean water in Africa less than a week ago, and have seen more than 3,000 hits. Their dad Scott is overwhelmed with the success that has come from it in just a few days.

"You always hope that your kids, you're building lessons in your kids all the time, and you always hope that they get it and so watching them engage in this project, you're getting a glimpse we're getting a glimpse, that yeah they do get it, and they understand, and they know what it's like to put other people first, it creates a lot of joy in us," Scott Greene said.

The goal, to collect 4,000 or more Legos, raise $12,000, and dig two clean drinking wells in parts of Africa that lack that luxury.

The Legos collected will be arranged on a giant board and will serve as a display of why it's important that the children of Africa need clean drinking water, just like the children here in the U.S.

For many children, giving up a toy isn't always easy to do, especially for boys like Aaron and Isaac who may have received their Legos as a gift at one time.

"It's hard because that might be something that might have been their first thing, we don't know but it could have been their very first Lego guy it could have been their last Lego guy that their ever going to get, their using their own money, and their buying brand new Lego guys like the real mini figure series and stuff, to give us them. So I think it's a pretty big commitment, like their commission jobs that they've done around the house, all the money that they've earned they've paid for Lego guys, and their giving us, so that's big,” Aaron Greene said.

The Greene boys plan on continuing the act of giving even when this project reaches its goal of $12,000 because for them, it's the right thing to do.

Their dad Scott thinks this is just the beginning for many kids to make a difference all over the world.

"Kids empowering kids is a really special thing, and so watching our boys give other kids hope and show them that they can engage in something and do something really really big, that's what's really cool out of this, and we want other kids to come up with their own ideas and engage hopefully this problem or a different problem."

All proceeds go to Let Them Laugh Out Loud (letthemlol.com), a non-for-profit organization, that is helping build the wells in Africa. To learn more about donating Legos or money littlepeoplematter.com.

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