ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (6/14/12)--A group of more than 60 volunteers from the Credit Union National Association, the League of Southeastern Credit Unions, Florida credit unions, the Republican National Convention committee, hospital staff, and the National Journal Group
all chipped in this week to boost playground renovation efforts at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The "leave behind" project, which is in honor of this summer's 2012 Republican National Convention taking place in nearby Tampa, will retrofit an existing playground with special play equipment for the hospital's young patients.
The volunteers gathered at the hospital to help the playground construction process, planting 1,400 plants and helping build a retaining wall for the playground. Volunteers also assembled toys for the playground.
Seth (shown seated in a wheelchair) stopped by the playground renovation project at All Children's Hospital, where he has been a patient, on his birthday to cheer on volunteers from CUNA, state credit union leagues, local credit unions, the National Journal, the Republican National Convention, and the hospital, all of whom are involved in the convention "leave-behind" project to benefit the hospital's young patients. (All Children's Hospital photo)
More specialized equipment will be installed by contractors later in the construction process.
Florida House Majority Leader Jim Frishe (R) also visited to take part in the volunteer efforts, which were covered in the St. Pete Times
and local Tampa television affiliate ABC Action News.
The Republican National Convention is scheduled to begin on Aug. 27 and end on Aug. 30 in Tampa.
A similar playground project is underway at Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte, N.C. Charlotte is the location of the 2012 Democratic National Convention. A volunteer day, like the one this week in Tampa, is schedule in Charlotte for June 27.
Since 2000, credit unions have honored the host cities for each national convention with a "leave behind" project that benefits local communities.
The two 2012 projects will cost a combined $600,000, and credit unions nationwide, as well as the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation and the League of Southeastern Credit Unions Foundation have raised funds for the projects.