Students Build 30-Foot-Tall Lego Figurine for Homeless Youth Awareness

DES MOINES, Iowa - One thousand campers were toughing the conditions overnight at Drake Stadium for Reggie's Sleepout.

While most participants brought a tent or cardboard to build a shelter, a group of Iowa State University engineering students and students from Johnston High School built a shelter like none other.

"We started brainstorming and about a week ago we made our first cut and our first strap of tape, and it's been not a lot of sleep since then, but it's been really fun," said Ryan Francois, an ISU engineering student.

They built a 30-foot-tall Lego figurine.

The trip started smoothly until rain caused a few pit stops. The crew added tarps and made it to Drake Stadium safely.

"I was surprised that it was going to be as tall as it was," said Jack Spear, a Johnston High School sophomore.

The Lego figurine isn't all looks. The 22 people who helped build it plan to sleep in it Saturday night.

"It's something that we take for granted, you know, having a warm bed to go home (to) and knowing where our next meal is coming from," Francois said. "It's basic life necessities."

The crew behind the Lego figurine raised $6,500 for the Iowa Homeless Youth Centers.
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