WILMINGTON — Representatives of Little Hearts Big Smiles of Southwestern Ohio said a pavilion has been purchased and its goal is to build it by this fall at the all-children’s playground on Fife Avenue.
Little Hearts Big Smiles of Southwestern Ohio is a not-for-profit organization creating opportunities for families and caretakers of children with special needs.
The all-children’s playground — an ongoing project — is located on county property along Fife Avenue, across the road from the J.W. Denver Williams Jr. and the David R. Williams memorial parks.
More good news from Little Hearts Big Smiles: It received a $1,500 Kohl’s Cares for Kids grant to assist with efforts to complete the playground project.
“In conjunction with the grant was a workday at the playground site to plant flowers, pour cement for benches to be installed, stain and seal picnic tables and lay grass seed,“ stated a news release from Little Hearts Big Smiles.
The workday included volunteers from the Little Hearts Big Smiles organization and from Kohl’s. Volunteers from Little Hearts Big Smiles were Terry and Beth Habermehl, Barry and Deirdre Wulf, Michael and Chastity Flanigan, Doug Borton, Emma Hall, Heather Hall, Brandon Hall, Andrew Hall, Davis Wulf and Alex Flanigan.
Volunteers from the South Lebanon Kohl’s store were Olivia Figary, Leslie Bowerman, Tom Graham, Megan Keener and Joe Davis. The benches were installed by Terry and Brandon Hall.
Currently, Little Hearts Big Smiles is fundraising for restrooms and an additional piece of playground equipment.
If you are interested in donating to this latest phase of the project, please mail payment to Little Hearts Big Smiles, P.O. Box 548, Wilmington, OH 45177. If you’re interested in hosting a fundraiser, please contact Emma Hall, fundraising chairperson, at 937-218-1382.
The organization was chosen as one of the recipient charities for this fall’s Oktoberfest event in Wilmington in late September. It will hold a silent auction at the event and also host a 5K race.
The 5K will be held 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, with race registration beginning at 8 a.m. in the downtown area.