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KaBOOM! and the Rebuild Texas Fund Provide New Play Opportunity for Kids Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

200 Community Volunteers Unite to Build a Kid-Designed Playground at Fulton Beach Park

Volunteers from the Rebuild Texas Fund, Town of Fulton and the community will join KaBOOM! on Saturday, October 20 to transform an empty site into a kid-designed, state-of-the-art playground in just six hours at Fulton Beach Park. The new playground will help make play the easy choice for kids and families impacted by Hurricane Harvey in Fulton.

In August, kids from the surrounding community came together to draw their dream playground. The playground is based off their drawings and will provide more than 1,200 kids in Fulton with a great, safe place to play following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.

“The Town of Fulton has been devastated and our children have endured the trauma of losing their homes and having to live with other families,” said Mayor Jimmy Kendrick. “This playground will provide the sanctuary they need. Laughter cures much! As the Mayor of Fulton and a former educator, fun is what we need!”

Ensuring kids have safe places to play is critical to helping families and communities heal during times of recovery, as they continue to deal with the stress of lost homes, lost loved ones and lost routines. By creating and providing playspaces, this work will help kids and communities continue to regain a sense of normalcy, and make play an easier choice for families.

This playground project is part of a broader effort led by the Rebuild Texas Fund and KaBOOM! to serve communities affected by Hurricane Harvey by ensuring kids can get back to the business of childhood. It will be the third build by the partners. Overall, the partnership will lead 15 community-designed playground projects, and award 20 creative play products – Imagination Playground™ and Rigamjig – to organizations across 41 counties in Southeast Texas, providing new opportunities to play for more than 87,500 kids over the next generation.

WHEN: Saturday, October 20
8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Kick-off ceremony
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Best viewing of playground construction
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Final construction phase
2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Ribbon-cutting ceremony

Fulton Beach Park
402 N Fulton Beach Rd
Fulton, TX 78358

WHO: Hundreds of community volunteers

About the Town of Fulton
The charming coastal community of Fulton, Texas welcomes visitors to come and share in the tranquility and abundant natural gifts that have made Fulton, Texas a vacation destination for 100 years. In addition to outdoor recreation such as fishing, birding, and boating, Fulton offers some of the finest restaurants and accommodations in the Texas Coastal Bend area. Shoppers will find merchants featuring everything from fresh gulf seafood, to jewelry, beachwear, art and more. Come to Fulton, Texas – we’re sure our small town hospitality, gently gulf breezes and natural beauty will have you planning a return trip soon!

About the Rebuild Texas Fund

The Rebuild Texas Fund is a collaborative project of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and the OneStar Foundation, established to support the rebuilding efforts in communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The Rebuild Texas Fund works alongside organizations within the impacted communities that are making an impact in the following six focus areas: community and economic development; health; housing; education and childcare; transportation and workforce; and capital for rebuilding small businesses. The Rebuild Texas Fund will continue to fund projects and organizations within these areas through the end of 2019. Funding through the Rebuild Texas Fund is provided to eligible nonprofit, government, corporate, and philanthropic organizations working on the ground in Texas communities, that have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. More information about the Rebuild Texas Fund is available at www.rebuildtx.org.

About KaBOOM!
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids – especially those living in poverty – the childhood they deserve through great, safe places to play. KaBOOM! inspires communities to make play the easy choice and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of PLAYces. KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build or improve more than 17,000 playspaces, engaged more than 1.5 million volunteers and served over 9 million kids. To learn why play matters for all kids, visit kaboom.org and join the conversation at twitter.com/kaboom, facebook.com/kaboom and instagram.com/kaboom. #playmatters #PLAYceforKids 

Town of Fulton: Deanna Spruce | 361-790-9496 | pio@aransascounty.org

Rebuild Texas Fund: media@rebuildtx.org

KaBOOM!: Caroline Finnell | 202-464-6164 | cfinnell@kaboom.org

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