Reasor's Helps Build New Playground in Just One Day for Sand Springs Children
On Friday, August 17, Reasor's teamed up with Dr Pepper Snapple Group, KaBOOM! and volunteers from the Sand Springs Home to build a new playground at the Charles Page Family Village – West Village. The new playground's design is based on drawings created by children who participated in a Design Day event in May.
The new playground will provide more than 300 children in the Sand Springs community with a safe place to play. The Charles Page Family Village currently only has old, out-dated playground equipment for the children it serves living in the West Village.
The project is part of Let's Play, a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple Group to get kids and families active nationwide. The first Let's Play initiative is a $15 million, three-year commitment to KaBOOM! to build or fix up 2,000 playgrounds by the end of 2013, benefiting an estimated five million children across North America. Via Let's Play grants and projects in 2011, Dr Pepper Snapple Group and KaBOOM! built or improved 528 playgrounds, benefitting an estimated 1.3 million children during the lifetime of the playgrounds. Dr Pepper Snapple Group is also a member of the leadership circle within the KaBOOM! National Partner Program.
Today's kids spend less time playing outside than any previous generation in part because only 1-in-5 children live within walking distance of a park or playground. This play deficit is having profound consequences for kids physically, socially and cognitively. Children need a place to play every day in order to be active and healthy, something KaBOOM! has been committed to since 1996.
Reasor's Sand Springs store director Mike Bellmard and a team of volunteers from the Sand Springs store and the company's home office in Tahlequah attended the event. The group had a great time lending a hand to all aspects of the build, from hauling mulch to mixing cement to assembling playground equipment.
About Sand Springs Home
Sand Springs Home operates two charities; Sand Springs Children's Home and the Charles Page Family Village. The Children's Home is a DHS licensed residential care home for as many as 20 children ages 6-18 who cannot live in their homes due to family problems. The Family Village is a housing program for single mothers who have at least two children. The Family Village can house has as many as 108 families in duplex-style housing.