Playground to enhance family well-being
MAPLEWOOD, MN, July 14, 2012 /CNW/ - A dream is now a reality for
children in Maplewood as their drawings were turned into a new
playground today. In less than eight hours, the play space was built at
The Salvation Army Lakewood Worship and Service Center with the help of
more than 200 volunteers from ForestersTM, The Salvation Army and non-profit KaBOOM!. The new playground will
serve 6,000 children and their families in the community for years to
"Foresters believes in providing opportunities for families to spend
quality time together," said Bruce Burak, Foresters National Sales
Manager. "A playground is an important piece for the revitalization of
a community. Not only does it provide a first step towards keeping
children healthy, but it's a safe, central location for the entire
neighborhood to get together."
Planning for the playground began at a Design Day event held in May when
local children and community leaders met with organizers from KaBOOM!
and Foresters to design their dream playground. The children's drawings
were then used to create the final playground design.
Since 2006, Foresters has invested over $7 million with KaBOOM! with
nearly 100 playgrounds built or planned across the U.S. and Canada.
Over their 15 year lifespan, these playgrounds will provide more than
2.6 million children and their families with an opportunity to spend
quality time together. Foresters is a KaBOOM! National Partner and a
founding member of the KaBOOM! Leadership Circle - a group of
organizations providing long-term guidance and support to KaBOOM! and
"Filling the need in a community has always been the goal of The
Salvation Army for 125 years," said Major Jim Curl, Maplewood Salvation
Army leader. "Whether we are providing basic needs of food and shelter
or rallying to encourage and sustain families, the heart of our mission
is holistic service for the body, soul and spirit "
Thanks to the work of Foresters, The Salvation Army and KaBOOM!,
children and their families now have a 2,700 square-foot playground to
call home that includes features such as 360 Degree Spiral Slide,
Horizontal Loop Ladder and Double Glide Slide.
About The Salvation Army
The Twin Cities Salvation Army serves 288,000 people a year through its
27 local centers of operation. Daily it serves 2,500 hot meals and
shelters 970 people. More than 33,000 local volunteers help The
Salvation Army provide these and other services, from child daycare to
senior housing. To volunteer, call 651-746-3400 or visit
www.thesalarmy.org. To donate, call 800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769) or visit www.thesalarmy.org.
Foresters™ is a life insurance provider with a difference. The
fraternal benefit society, founded in 1874, supports family well-being
through quality products, unique member benefits and inspiring
community activities. Foresters shares its financial strength with
almost 950,000 members in Canada, the United States and the United
Kingdom. For more information, visit foresters.com.
Foresters™ is the trade name and a trademark of The Independent Order of
Foresters, a fraternal benefit society, 789 Don Mills Road, Toronto,
Canada M3C 1T9; its subsidiaries are licensed to use this mark.
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to saving play. Children
today spend less time playing outdoors than any previous generation, a
fact that is having disastrous consequences on their health,
achievement levels, and overall well-being. To fight this play deficit,
social entrepreneur Darell Hammond founded non-profit KaBOOM! in 1996
in Washington, D.C. with a vision of creating a great place to play
within walking distance of every child in America. Since then, KaBOOM!
has mapped over 89,000 places to play, built more than 2,000
playgrounds, and successfully advocated for play policies in hundreds
of cities across the country. KaBOOM! also provides communities with
online tools to self-organize and take action to support play on both a
local and national level. Hammond chronicles the founding of the
organization and the importance of the cause of play in his The New York Times Best Seller KaBOOM!: How One Man Built a Movement to Save Play. The book details how businesses and communities can work together to
save play for children across the country. All author proceeds support
KaBOOM!. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., KaBOOM! also has offices in
Chicago and San Mateo, Calif. For more information, visit www.kaboom.org.
For further information:
Annette Bauer, The Salvation Army, 651-238-8210, firstname.lastname@example.org
Irene Shimoda, Foresters, 1-855-574-7055, email@example.com
Mike Vietti, KaBOOM! 785-320-2137, firstname.lastname@example.org