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Kids pledge to cut out soda to help Haiti

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PHOENIX -

What would you give up in order to help someone out? Many school kids here in the valley are giving up their favorite drink for charity.

Teenagers and kids love soda. Many drink it every day.

"Oh my gosh, I am addicted so it's hard, it's hard. Tough," says Daniel Pitman. Still, he is giving up soda for a week, and he's not alone.

"Our family loves Starbucks and Bar 7 and all the drinks they can buy," says Taylor Nicholes.

They are all giving it up for a week, drinking only water instead, and sending the money they save to the Liquid Hope Project.

That money goes to Haiti to build and repair ground water wells. Hannah Labarbera saw what it was like on a visit there.

"They use the same rivers that they cook and clean with, that they put their waste matter in and wash their clothes in, so water is a real need there," says Labarbera.

When friends heard the story, they wanted to do something.

"We just started talking, what can we do to just touch more people and be a part of something bigger," says Lauren Reed.

Giving up their favorite drinks would be easy and fast. They just didn't expect so much support.

"It's crazy. It started so small and looking around, the Lord does big things, he does real things," says Margo Walker.

Close to 2,000 kids and their parents are joining in.

By asking kids and teens to give up soda, coffee and tea, they hope to raise $50,000. Not only will they help Haiti, they will be healthier.

In addition to the money going to Haiti, some of the teens are also planning to make a trip there to personally help repair some of the water wells.

Online: liquidhope.org 

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