November 10, 2011

A rocket seat in Ottawa

Three weeks ago the town of Ottawa, Kansas built their first playground accessible to children with physical challenges. They’d never come together to do anything quite like this, and weren’t sure exactly where to start. But, the KaBOOM! online planner showed them how, step by step. Tara says the new playground is “a double excitement” for her family because her epileptic daughter can play there, and her wheelchair-bound mother can join the fun, too.

Kelley is excited too– her daughter has spina bifida, which renders most playground equipment out of reach. The new swings with protective bars are “almost like a rocket seat---she’s always wanted to go faster, and now she can safely.” Sonny, who’s in third grade, spent his summer collecting change at local gas stations to raise money for the new playground. He ended up surpassing his goal and collected $337 all in honor of his five-year-old brother who had died a few months before.

“Play it forward” with a donation today to help more communities follow Ottawa’s lead in 2012.

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