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Swing set built for local Habitat family

• Jul 12, 2018 at 1:00 PM

This summer just got better for 7-year-old Max. His new house has a backyard and a new swing set.

Max’s family has taken possession of Tri-Cities Area Habitat for Humanity’s house No. 60.

The Tri-Cities Kiwanis club sponsored a swing set with a slide for the backyard, and made arrangements with Covenant Life Church of Grand Haven for assembly and installation.

The Kiwanis sponsorship was aided by a donation from the Rycenga Building Center. The Grand Haven business’ Mary Dykstra helped facilitate the project.

The workers who put it all together were from two different organizations. Alan Bowers, a friend of the family, represented Shape Corp.’s community outreach program. Covenant Life Church provided three members from its Service With Appropriate Tools (S.W.A.T.) Team: Ed Gundy, Tim Bosma and Nelson Miller.

“We do handicap ramps mostly in the summer,” Gundy said. “But our name gets around and somebody sends out an email. We have probably 25 guys who participate with the S.W.A.T. Team projects.”

Tri-Cities Kiwanis past president Sandy Huber arranged the work bee, and said she looks forward to a continued collaboration with Habitat for Humanity.

Tri-Cities Kiwanis runs fundraising activities to provide support for children's programs and events, and to support specific projects like this swing set. The club is currently planning future swing sets for Habitat for Humanity families.

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