Volunteers take a day for new playground

MAYFAIR - September 25, 2010

A beehive of activity was under way for much of the day as volunteers built a new playground at St. Stephen's United Church of Christ. The church operates a day care center and afterschool program.

"I'd probably be laying around in the living room right now, but I feel great coming out here," Mike Melendez of Levittown, Pa. said.

"I'm really thrilled, I'm excited, we are trying to give the best to the children in the community," Reverend Dr. Chandra Soans of St. Stephen's Church of Christ said.

The project was funded by the Knight Foundation and organized by Kaboom, a national nonprofit whose mission is coordinating community playground construction. This one is number 1,864.

"What is special about these playgrounds is it's all community," Kaboom Project Manager Katie Morgan said.

Until now, some toys were all the children had to play with outside, but thanks to the work of more than a hundred volunteers, they will have a new world to play in.

"My husband, we're both out here volunteering, it's amazing, it only going to take one day; the kids didn't have a place to play and now they do," Netta Sumner of Mayfair said.

Late Saturday afternoon, with the job done, there was a ceremonial ribbon cutting at the new playground. The children for whom it was built will start enjoying it on Monday once the concrete has set.

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