Kids from Harvest Hands, a social enterprise non-profit located in Nashville, met with Delta people from Airport Customer Service, TechOps and Community Affairs earlier this week to kick off planning for their dream playground.
The playground, the 11th built by Delta in partnership with KaBOOM! and the first in the Nashville area, will create a play space for more than 800 kids who live in the neighborhood – just a few miles from the Nashville International Airport.
Thursday’s “Design Day” gave Harvest Hands kids the opportunity to talk to teams from Delta and KaBOOM! about what they would like to see in their new playground. Features and equipment for the playground will be selected using many of the kids’ ideas and drawings.
“Watching the kids dream and design their ideal playground was truly inspirational,” said Marc Stetler, BNA station manager. “The Delta employees in Nashville are excited to partner with Harvest Hands and build a KaBOOM! playground in this great community where we live and work every day.”
More than 150 Delta employees will participate in the playground build on Saturday, June 4.
To date, Delta has donated $90,000 to community partners through KaBOOM! builds in Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Seattle. Delta will build nine playgrounds with KaBOOM! this year, including its first build of 2016 on April 30 in Los Angeles.
As a focus city for the airline, Delta is committed to investing in the Nashville community through a variety of organizations. Focus cities for 2016 also include Raleigh–Durham, Indianapolis and San Jose.
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids – particularly those growing up in poverty in America – the childhood they deserve filled with balanced and active play so they can thrive. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build, open or improve over 16,300 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers and served 8.1 million kids.
Through its community outreach, Delta works to promote an improved quality of life for everyone in the communities it serves.