Delta partnered with KaBOOM! this past weekend to build a playground in Seattle for Amara, a community-based nonprofit dedicated to serving children in foster care.
Tad Hutcheson, Delta’s V.P.–Community Affairs and Paul Baird, Delta’s Director – Airport Operations-SEA, kicked off the event and highlighted the importance of Delta investing in the Seattle community.
“As we invest in more planes, more routes and more people in Seattle, we’re also investing in the community and giving back to those in need,” Tad said. “At Delta, we excel at flying airplanes, but we’re getting pretty great at building playgrounds, too. Delta is proud to partner with KaBOOM!, as we positively impact the lives of children nationwide and inspire communities to promote and support play.”
More than 250 volunteers, including 120 Delta employees, Amara and KaBOOM! volunteers and residents of the Seattle community, mixed nearly 9 tons of concrete, shoveled 130 cubic yards of mulch, painted art work and assembled a new playground structure. The new playground is exclusively designed from drawings by children in the community and was constructed in just six hours as part of the one-day build.
“I am so proud of our employees for their commitment and dedication to giving back to the Seattle community,” Paul said. “Their hard work will make a difference in the lives of so many kids for years to come.”
At the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Tad and Paul surprised attendees when they presented a check for $10,000 to Amara, which will assist the organization with long-term maintenance of the playground.
“One of the things that I want you guys to know and think about when you leave here is how much of an impact you are making on kids’ lives,” said Davon, age 12, who spoke at the ceremony as a previous child in foster care.
The build marks Delta’s third playground in Seattle and the airline’s eighth build in partnership with KaBOOM!. Delta has constructed previous playgrounds in Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Seattle and is scheduled to build an additional playground this year in Atlanta.
Founded in 1921, Amara works to recruit, train, and support foster and adoptive families, and provides compassionate direct care to kids entering foster care for the first time through the Amara Emergency Sanctuary program.
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 nearly 16,300 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers and served 8.1 million kids. KaBOOM! creates great places to play, inspires communities to promote and support play, and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of play in fostering healthy and productive lives.