Michiana YouTubers raise donations for kids in need to have a gift this Christmas

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Published: Nov. 24, 2017 at 10:06 PM EST
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Starting Friday at 5:00 P.M. to Saturday at 5:00 P.M. Michiana-based YouTube channel "Beyond the Brick" is on the air for a whole 24 hours from its studio in Osceola.

The live stream is set up for charity to help kids through a local hospital.

The sound of LEGOs hitting the surface is something many kids know well. It's the sound made right before something amazing is built.

Josh Hanlon and his brother, John, built LEGOs into a home-run business on YouTube, showcasing LEGO creations built by people all over the world.

"Some of these builders are so talented," Josh Hanlon said. "They use pieces in ways that I would never imagine. I just get so inspired talking to them."

As their channel name implies, they go further "Beyond" just "the Brick."

They care about the people behind the creations and want to help build up happiness in more potential creators. They're doing that with a 24-hour-long live stream on their channel.

"This is the fourth year we've done the 24-hour live stream," Hanlon said. "I've always been a big fan of the work that Creations for Charity has done in getting sets to kids who wouldn't otherwise, wouldn't normally be able to afford them or get them around the holidays."

The channel gets plenty of LEGO set donations to the cause regardless of what they do for 24 hours, as long as they stay on air.

"It's mostly just kind of powering through it," Hanlon said.

But Beyond the Brick has over 100,000 subscribers, so that gives them the chance to see even more donations throughout the night.

"Last year during the live stream, we had somebody donate if we crashed this set and showed it on camera breaking apart," Hanlon said. "So just fun activities like that, anything like that we can do to raise more money for creations for charity. So, we'll be doing some different stuff and taking people's suggestions."

Even though viewers are watching worldwide, the donations Beyond the Brick receives will be going to Franciscan Health, based in Mishawaka.

"Just trying to do our part to give back to the community," Hanlon said. "We have such an amazing fan-base. Our fans are so amazing. They've done so much for us over they years, that anything we can do to give back, we try to do."

They say the 24 hours may be tough.

"24 hours is a very long time!" Hanlon said.

But they'll keep pushing, brick by brick, to build a better Christmas for someone in need.

If you'd like to see how the stream is going, you can watch at

If you'd like to learn more about Creations for Charity, you can check out