Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Friday, January 25, 2008

Giving Back

I haven't seen any letters to the editor from the PARDners concerning this story. There too busy mounting a fake campaign of impotent outrage against the Hawkins development. From last Saturday's Moscow-Pullman Daily News:
The Moscow Wal-Mart donated $10,000 on Monday to the Central Lions Club of Moscow to help develop the club's playground project.

The money was from winning a regional Wal-Mart sales contest during October.

The contest involved the sale of environmentally friendly products: CFL light bulbs, water filters and concentrated laundry detergent. The Moscow Wal-Mart sold $12,000 worth of the bulbs during the contest as well as $8,550 worth of filters and $8,532 in detergent.

"We have a bunch of different people and organizations that come in for grants and we pretty much give to everyone who asks," said assistant manager Holly Zumhofe. "We chose the Lions because they were working on a playground at the fairgrounds."

The money will allow the Lions Club to complete Phase 2 of the playground located in Lions Park at the Latah County Fairgrounds.

Phase 2 playground equipment will be designed for toddlers through age 5 and for disabled children.

Phase 1 of the playground was completed last June and is designed for children 6 and older.

"We didn't know if we would be able to do (Phase 2) this year and Wal-Mart came forward and said, 'we liked what you did last year' and gave us the money," said Jim DeShazer, Central Lions Club president.

Phase 2 will be completed in June. The community is invited to participate in the Build Day as they did for the first phase. Work will be done on a Saturday to be announced at a later date. About 109 community members participated in Phase 1.

Lions Club members will do the preparation work and perform the annual maintenance to keep the playground safe.

Area Eagle Scouts will install benches around the playground so parents can rest and watch their children.

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