It’s 8:00 a.m. on what appears to be a typical Thursday morning at the Nelson Children’s Center in Denton, home to 60 kids, ages 6 to 15, who live at the therapeutic treatment facility. Out of the blue, without fanfare, and armed with drills, tools, buckets, wood supplies, paint, brushes, sprayers, and LOTS of bottled water … the “Lowe’s Heroes” arrived. And they came ready to work.
Once a year, Lowe’s Home Improvement stores send a team of employee volunteers into the community to tackle selected projects, supplying both materials and manpower. The Lowe’s stores in Denton and Flower Mound chose the Nelson Center as their charity of choice. After preliminary conversations with Rebekah Poling, director of volunteers, and David Nelson, environmental supervisor, the Lowe’s team of about 25 volunteers had their marching orders.
They were undaunted by the list, and on this one day, the Heroes:
3. stained the entire playscape,
5. painted the swing set,
As the curious kids walked by and saw the renovations taking place, some stopped to ask the volunteers what they were doing and if they would be staying to play after they were done. One six-year-old remarked to Rebekah Poling, “Miss Rebekah – do you know they have a LADDER on our playscape?” She assured him that they were just making the playscape pretty, and the ladder was temporary.
The two-man maintenance team at Nelson was particularly grateful for the helping hand, and judging from the smiles, the volunteers enjoyed themselves. Nelson [hearts] Lowe’s Heroes!
Nelson Children’s Center is a residential treatment facility providing help, healing and hope to children who have suffered the pain of abuse and neglect.