MIAMI – Executives and volunteers with Delta Airlines transformed on Sunday an unused portion of the Angels Reach Academy, located in the city of Hialeah in Greater Miami, into a park to benefit some 210 local children.
The volunteers, who worked together with the KaBOOM! organization, took six hours to build a state-of-the-art playground designed by kids living in the area, and after that they delivered a check for $10,000 as a donation to Angels Reach.
Delta general director for Latin America and the Caribbean Luciano Macagno said in a statement that initiatives like this one give the airline the chance to improve the lives of thousands of people, this being particularly important in Miami, where there are people from many different communities throughout the Americas living side by side and acknowledging that the US and Latin America are two of the firm’s most important markets.
Angels Reach works with South Florida children and families, including kids with autism, who need open-air recreational areas to improve their motor, social and sensory development.
According to the Delta communique, the park was designed on the basis of drawings and diagrams made by the children of Hialeah Gardens when they were asked to design their “dream playground.”
Dorinda Luzardo, the founder of the academy expressed her gratitude to Delta and KaBOOM! for “this marvelous experience.”
The playground is the product of collaboration between the airline and KaBOOM! launched four years ago and is one of 22 such parks built around the country.
KaBOOM! is a national non-profit dedicated to offering kids a happy childhood by building safe places to play.