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Brothers Give Homeless People Lunch Bags Filled With Food, Inspirational Notes: 'We're Making A Change'


Two preteen brothers in Louisiana have inspired their community by packing lunch bags with sandwiches, some pretzels and a lot of love for the benefit of the homeless in their community.

Derrell Martin, 10, and his 9-year-old brother Kyllon created a special project when they noticed the growing rate of homelessness in New Orleans, their hometown.

After Hurricane Katrina wiped out food and shelter in 2005, many residents now live under highways and bridges.

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According to the boys’ mother, Kristy Lewis-Martin, on a road trip, the family passed by a local bridge and noticed people asking for money on the side of the road.

"I didn’t have any cash but Kyllon had a taco and Derrell handed it to a man that was asking for money," Lewis-Martin told InsideEdition.com. "He was so excited that he danced and showed everyone that he had the taco."

Since that day, the boys put their heads together and created a project in order to feed the homeless and send inspirational messages of hope and love.

As for the name for the organization, that was Kyllon’s idea.

According to the 9-year-old old, the project was dubbed ‘The Helping Lunchbox’ because the boys wanted to ‘help people’ and he also 'wanted a new lunchbox.’

Volunteers from the non-profit B.O.S.S. Youth Outreach Program heard about the young boys’ dedication and immediately got involved.

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“When the B.O.S.S. organization decided to help they were really into it,” said Lewis-Martin.

With the help of family and friends, Derrell and Kyllon served more than 200 people and their goal is to serve another 250 by August 8.

From smiles to tears, the brothers received different reactions when handing out the lunch bags.

“Some were happy, some were crying,” said Derrell told InsideEdition.com.

According to Lewis-Martin, after engaging in a delightful conversation with one man, the charming boys inspired him to try and reconnect with his own family.  

The boys said they want to continue inspire and ‘teach other kids to be kind to others’ and lending a helping hand to those in need.

“It makes me feel awesome that I’m helping people,” Derrell said. “We're making a change for once.”

The brothers are raising money for their project at a Gofundme page here.

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