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The Night's Shield Awarded $15,000 Grant (September 2012)

 

THE NIGHT’S SHIELD CHILDREN’S SHELTER AWARDED $15,000 

LET’S PLAY GRANT FROM DR PEPPER SNAPPLE GROUP AND 

NATIONAL NON-PROFIT KaBOOM!

 

WEST FRANKFORT, September 21st, 2012 – Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) and national non-profit KaBOOM! awarded The Night’s Shield Children’s Shelter a $15,000 Let’s Play Community Construction Grant as announced Wednesday. 

 

The grant is part of Let’s Play, a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple Group to get kids and families active nationwide. In 2011, as part of Let’s Play, Dr Pepper Snapple Group made a $15 million, three-year commitment to KaBOOM!, the national non-profit saving play by ensuring there is a great place to play within walking distance of every child. Together through Let’s Play, Dr Pepper Snapple Group and KaBOOM! will build or fix up 2,000 playgrounds by the end of 2013, benefiting an estimated five million children across North America.  

 

“We’ve worked towards this chance for months.” says Judy Davis, Executive Directer at the Shelter. “It’s a gift to see it come through for our kids. It will be an undertaking and we will need help from the community, our friends and willing volunteers, but we are extremely excited to see the playground come to life. Not to mention witness the mental nourishment the playground will provide for the children at the shelter.”

 

Plans for the playground are currently underway as staff and volunteers are preparing the back yard for the new fence. The playground will be located inside the fence for the protection and safety of the children that will play there. The playground will include equipment for basketball, soccer, volleyball and other physical activities suitable for junior high and high school age children. In the next year, building will also begin for the shelter's own education facility and gymnasium.

 

Unstructured, child-directed play has been proven to help kids develop physically, socially and cognitively, yet today’s kids have less time and fewer opportunities to play than any previous generation. Through Let’s Play grants and projects in 2011, Dr Pepper Snapple Group and KaBOOM! built or improved 528 playgrounds, benefitting an estimated 1.3 million children during the lifetime of the playgrounds. People are encouraged to visit Let’s Play at www.LetsPlay.com to join the conversation and learn how to apply for the various available grants to make their communities more active and playful.

 

About The Night’s Shield

The Night's Shield Children's Shelter in West Frankfort, Illinois, is a safe-haven for children who have been abused, neglected and/or abandoned from the entire state of Illinois. A primary goal of the Shelter is to keep sibling groups together once removed from their home and placed into foster care. The Night’s Shield Children’s Shelter is the only shelter in the state of Illinois specifically designed to accommodate sibling groups. Learn more about their The Night’s Shield at www.thenightsshield.org.

 

About Let’s Play

Let’s Play is a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS) to get kids and families active nationwide. The first Let’s Play initiative is a $15 million, three-year commitment to KaBOOM!, the national non-profit that’s saving play. Together, through Let’s Play, DPS and KaBOOM! will build or fix up 2,000 playgrounds by the end of 2013, benefiting an estimated five million children across North America. For more information, visit LetsPlay.com or Facebook.com/LetsPlay.

 

About Dr Pepper Snapple Group

Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS) is a leading producer of flavored beverages in North America and the Caribbean. Our success is fueled by more than 50 brands that are synonymous with refreshment, fun and flavor. We have 6 of the top 10 non-cola soft drinks, and 11 of our 14 leading brands are No. 1 in their flavor categories. In addition to our flagship Dr Pepper and Snapple brands, our portfolio includes 7UP, A&W, Canada Dry, Clamato, Crush, Hawaiian Punch, Mott's, Mr & Mrs T mixers, Peñafiel, Rose's, Schweppes, Squirt and Sunkist soda. To learn more about our iconic brands and Plano, Texas-based company, please visit DrPepperSnapple.com. For our latest news and updates, follow us at Facebook.com/DrPepperSnapple or Twitter.com/DrPepperSnapple.

 

About KaBOOM!

KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to saving play. Children today spend less time playing outdoors than any previous generation, a fact that is having disastrous consequences on their health, achievement levels, and overall well-being. To fight this play deficit, social entrepreneur Darell Hammond founded non-profit KaBOOM! in 1996 in Washington, D.C. with a vision of creating a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. Since then, KaBOOM! has mapped over 89,000 places to play, built more than 2,000 playgrounds, and successfully advocated for play policies in hundreds of cities across the country. KaBOOM! also provides communities with online tools to self-organize and take action to support play on both a local and national level. Hammond chronicles the founding of the organization and the importance of the cause of play in his The New York Times Best Seller KaBOOM!: How One Man Built a Movement to Save Play. The book details how businesses and communities can work together to save play for children across the country. All author proceeds support KaBOOM!. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., KaBOOM! also has offices in Chicago and San Mateo, Calif. For more information, visit www.kaboom.org.