Kids Helping Kids, a local not for profit, is breathing life into a tired play space. On Thursday, May 17, Kids Helping Kids (KHK) went to Inspirica, a facility in Stamford dedicated to solving homelessness, to make much needed renovations to the shelter’s playground. KHK youth were motivated to help when they heard an Inspirica resident say, “I am grateful to have a safe place to sleep for myself and my daughter but I desperately want a safe place for her to be able to play while we are living in this transitional housing. The sandbox is unsafe, the wood chips are so old they give the kids splinters, and the small play set is rusting and unsafe.”
The first phase of the renovation took place on Thursday, May 17, led by Kids Helping Kids members Cassie Christopher, Allie Christopher and Madeleine Ker, all three of whom are juniors at St.Luke’s School in New Canaan. The team of St. Luke’s student workers, 15 in all, designed and painted a mural and playhouse, and helped install a new sand box with an attached play area. The second phase of construction will involve laying down mulch, building a shed and painting an additional mural. Allie Christopher shared, “We are kids and we want to help other kids in our community and it is a great way to get involved.”
Materials for the project were donated by Keough’s Paint & Hardware in Stamford. Five tricycles have also been donated by Charity Bikes, along with helmets.
To find out how you can get involved or contribute, visit KidsHelpingKidsCT.org or email Jennifer@KidsHelpingKidsCT.org.
About KHK: Kids Helping Kids (KHK) is a local non-profit organization developing leaders through youth-led service programs by providing a platform to turn their passion into action. The Kids Helping Kids program is unique because every project is inspired, designed and led by youth. We currently have students from over 27 different local schools involved in our program. In a fast paced, technological world, these young adults slow down to identify and support a cause. They gain perspective of the world they live in and appreciation for their power to influence change, and at the same time make a positive impact in the lives of other children. These are small steps in creating life-long leadership skills; this is how we build leaders for the future.