Feb 21, 2014 12:06 PM by Andy Koen
EL PASO COUNTY - A local teenager has done some savvy swapping to help out victims of the Black Forest Fire. Fifteen-year-old Wes Crockett started his series of trades by swapping a purple Lego block for another toy.
He then traded that toy for some golf balls and kept trading up to where he now has a 50 inch plasma screen television and a home gym.
Crockett, who turns 16 in May, says he started out swapping in hopes of getting himself a car when a teacher encouraged him to use his skill to benefit the community.
"Purple Legos, like this color, are like really rare," Crockett sais. "So, I decided I can get farther with that maybe in less time."
Crockett has two open trade lines between the TV and the home gym. He says the deal that ultimately brings in the most money he'll donate to Crosses for Losses.
The group, which is headquartered in an historic cabin at the corner of Shoup Rd and Black Forest Road, has distributed over $46,000 worth of donations to victims of the fire since opening eight months ago.