Tampa playground gets makeover thanks to volunteers

Tampa playground gets makeover thanks to volunteers (Image 1)

A Tampa Bay area playground is getting a makeover but this isn’t any ordinary playground. This one is meant to help children and their mom’s thru hard times.

“We had over 200 on the list to choose from and the reason why we chose this place is because we are all about the children and we wanted to choose something that our sources and resources can be used,” said BB&T bank’s Cherryl Weaver-Rogers as she was helping to lay new mulch at Layla’s House in Tampa.

“These People work for BB&T and they come from a corporate setting and once a year they say as part of their corporate culture it is important to them to do visible hands on give back to the community and this happens to be the day they do it and we happen to be the agency they partnered with this year,” said Champions for Children’s Brian McEwen.

Twenty employees from BB&T Bank spent the day giving Layla’s House a brand new makeover.

“Outside they are laying down playground specific mulch that is toxic free and so they dug up about three inches of mulch that was already there and now they are going to relay brand new mulch that’s appropriate for our kids. They are also currently cleaning the playground equipment. They are making it fresh and new. There was some bad words put on there so they are scrubbing all of that off for a fresh new start,” said Layla’s House program director Latoya Randolph.

Some of the volunteers were also inside assembling a new computer table, bringing in new furniture for kids and building a book shelf on the wall of the center’s family multipurpose room.

“Oh my God do you see this beautiful chair it looks like an adult size living space but perfectly for kids,” Randolph said while looking at the new children’s furniture.

“I already can imagine kids coming in here and feeling so comfortable and seeing this and going aaah and this didn’t look like this it was pretty much a bare wall over there and now the kids have their own space,” Randolph added

BB&T Bank would not disclose a dollar figure on how much Layla’s House makeover cost but when asked they agreed that it cost thousands of dollars. But for parents that will take advantage of the new and improved facility like Reeshemah McCoy-Green and her five year old daughter Legacy, the new facility is priceless.

“It’s a support group that I don’t have as far as family is concerned and as far as friendship is concerned I don’t have that. It helps me connect with my child. It helps me through the stages and learn the stages of development they are in so I can be a better parent,” said McCoy-Green as she watched the volunteers transform her new home away from home.

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