Can you believe that we just received another $100.00 donation! Thank you Jeff & Pam Harper. Yes, we are still taking money. After doing the edging and mulch we are hoping to be able to place some benches and a tree or two!
If you haven't seen it, the big play structure is in. Thank you to Doug & Marc Finney for taking the lead on getting that installed! We appreciate what you have done! Thanks to all of you who helped with that. We know it was a big job. When I went up tonight to take pictures, there were kids playing on it. The whole reason this project began. Just makes me smile. Hearing the laughing and screams of excitement. . . awesome.
We just can't thank all of you who have donated enough. We know most of you will not be able to hear the laughter and screams like I did tonight but without you, it wouldn't have happened.
The Court. Is DONE.
It started at 6:25a.m. when the Bucklin Fire Dept began soaking the court area with 1,000 gallons of water. (So the concrete wouldn't dry too fast.) Bobby and Greg had to work a full day after soaking our court, re-filling the fire truck, and shoveling gravel. We appreciate them and Shorty Hulett, who was also working before sun-up.
By 2:30p.m. the gang at Tall Paul's was feeding a hot, tired, and GENEROUS concrete crew. But oh-so-much happened in between.
As we watched the work progress throughout the day we became acutely aware of just how much Triple J Construction had given us. They had driven from Moberly, Atlanta, Bevier, Jacksonville, and Clarence. They had given us a day of their lives, a combined 60+ years of concrete experience, the muscles in their lower backs, the gas in their power trowels, and gallons of sweat.
As temperatures soared past 90 degrees and the humidity rose, they never slowed down and never complained. When their work was done, they quietly packed their tools and drove away without looking for a "thanks" or a pat on the back. These fellas may have their faults... their wives could probably give us a short list. But you'll have to look a long time to find guys with bigger hearts than Jon Curless' crew.
When I tried to thank one of them, he brushed it off by saying, "it's for kids; it's worth it."
Maybe you're a praying person; maybe you aren't. But if you are - say a blessing on these guys who gave so much to help kids they've never met. We remain humbled by their generosity.
And the court looks AWESOME!!!
PLEASE visit www.facebook.com/darlan.tammy to see the finished court and lots of pictures from the day. Again, you do NOT need a facebook account to see this page.
Go see what you have helped build.
First, we received a $100 donation from Joe & Beverly Cupp. This brings our official "Put Some Spark in Our Park!" total to $22,274. Thanks, Joe & Beverly!
That's right - it isn't too late to donate. At this point we're planning finishing touches like benches, trees, trash cans, etc., so every donation is important. If we really get lucky, we may be able to add another small piece of equipment. (With all the families now using the park we're definitely seeing a need for benches, which is something we hadn't planned.)
Second, Jon Curless and his crew from Triple J Construction formed up the basketball court today and got it ready to pour. If the weather continues to cooperate, they may be pouring on Wednesday. These are the guys who volunteered to finish the concrete for FREE. Not one of them is from Bucklin, but each of them gave up a day of pay for some kids they've never met.
If you happen by the park when these guys are working, why don't you stop and say "Thanks", or drop a note in their truck. They've given us a lot and it would probably make them feel great at the end of the day to know their hot, dirty, tiring, UNPAID work is appreciated. Also, Tall Paul's has donated meals to the concrete crew. It wouldn't hurt to let Paul & Kim know that you appreciate them as well. They have already generously donated to this project, but are going above and beyond to show their gratitude to Jon Curless' crew. We think that's pretty awesome.
This project has certainly brought out the best in people, and we're blessed to have seen such generosity, community spirit, and kindness. Thanks for all the things you've done - great and small - to make this project a raging success. :-)
* Whether you "facebook" or not, go to www.facebook.com/darlan.tammy to see more pictures and updates. Remember, you don't need to log in to facebook - our page is public. *
Several kids ages 6 months to 15 years were enjoying the park this morning. If you don't live here, you can't imagine the gift you've given the children of Bucklin. We wish you could stand under the tree with us and listen to the laughter, conversations, and games happening because of your generosity.
Please go to www.facebook.com/darlan.tammy to see more photos and comments. You do NOT have to be registered on facebook to do this. It is a public page anyone can see.
When it started to rain this morning, most of the kids kept right on playing and we kept right on watching. The happy feeling outweighs the raindrops.
How can we ever thank you enough...
The merry-go-round is INSTALLED!
The spring riders are INSTALLED!
The new swing hardware is INSTALLED!
What an amazing day it was in the Bucklin Park Saturday.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so go to www.facebook.com/darlan.tammy and check out our pictures.
Many people came out to help. We don't want to begin listing names because we would surely forget someone. But Carla Murphy received her long-awaited spin on the merry-go-round (helped by David Jenkins), Terry Epperly took a ride on the new spring riders, and Doris Noah spun around in a swing.
Hmmm... Makes you wonder who was doing all the work? Look at the pictures and find out!
Don Noah has been donating a lot of skid steer hours to the basketball court area. He has it smoothed out, now we're looking for some experienced framers to help us get ready for concrete.
Any takers??? Contact Rick Standley if you can help.
*UPDATE!* Holes are dug and concrete poured for the merry-go-round and spring riders!! That's PROGRESS, baby!!
More work is happening tonight on the little "rabbit hutch" climber (the blue thing in our previous picture). Come on out to the park if you want to help set equipment, take pictures to share, bring the workers a cold drink, or just help "supervise".
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to everyone who has donated money, encouraged, shared/liked on facebook, said kind words, shaved heads, cooked pancakes, eaten pancakes, torn out concrete, loaned equipment, moved swingsets, and so many other things.
Thank you for showing everyone how a community is supposed to work. Watching this happen has been indescribable.
Hey, e-mail friends -
We just realized something cool!
We're not just for facebookers anymore!
Even if you don't "facebook", you can view our new and improved page at: www.facebook.com/darlan.tammy
Keep an eye on us for photos, updates, or to see what others are saying about this project.
It looks as though our minor facebook glitch has worked to our advantage. Just another example of how great this project has been. Anytime something has seemed like a negative, it always turns into a positive! ;-)
So much is happening, it's hard to keep everyone updated!
Prenger Foods sent us a check for $524 last week - $1 for every pizza sold in May. This was a completely unsolicited donation, and we think the Prengers are so awesome. Be sure to thank them next time you're in Prenger's.
You'll notice in the attached picture that the old basketball court is GONE! The City of Bucklin worked together with the Township to break up and haul away the old court. This was a long, hot job and we appreciate all those guys so much. There is still some leveling and filling to do, but progress is happening!
More great news - today we heard from our equipment supplier... We can pick up the merry-go-round, spring horses, and little tot climber on WEDNESDAY! Woohoo!
Thanks to Rick Standley and Bob Davis for donating their time and fuel to make the long journey to St.Louis and save us $$ on freight!
So many people in the community are coming together to make this project happen, it's unbelievable. It would be impossible to list all the names.... people loaning trailers, skid steer work, hauling, and helping in so many ways.
If you've been waiting for an opportunity to provide some "hands-on" help, it's a great time to contact Rick Standley. He is coordinating the installation, and could probably use some extra hands.
Finally, we had some issues with facebook but now we're back online and able to update everyone. Thanks to all of our FB friends for sharing news for us while we were "banished"! ;-)
This project continues to be an unbelievable blessing and joy. Thank you!!!
From "Darla N Tammy" -
A gift in honor of Mary Mendenhall has brought our total to a tidy $20,600!
Also, we just heard from our equipment supplier and they are telling us the merry-go-round, spring riders, and small climber will be available for pickup by the 17th. That's just TEN days away! Don't be surprised if you see some dirt work happening at the park next week in preparation for the new equipment. Isn't this AMAZING?!
And finally, a favor...
We had some issues with facebook and are no longer able to post updates there. Would those of you on facebook please copy/paste this message for us? We really hate not being able to stay in touch with everyone, but know our faithful friends will help us get the word out.
Thanks in advance!
The Bucklin Park needs your help!! Our swings are cracked, our chains are rusted, our playfort has broken ladders and splintered wood. Our basketball court is busted concrete, held together by grass. Our kids need a place to play!
Our first goals? Wooden playhouse - $300 New Swings & chains - $300 Two Spring Riders - $1000 Merry-Go-Round - $2500
Help us accomplish THAT, and we'll move on to a play structure and new basketball court. 100% of donations go toward purchase of equipment. We are counting on volunteers to install everything.
So where are you? Parents? Alumni? Friends? Guys who played town team basketball? Neighbors?
Well-meaning strangers who pity our small, rural, brokeness?! ;-)