There's a dedication ceremony today for the newly completed playground at the future home of Regional Hospice and Home Care Center for Comfort Care and Healing. A group of kids raised $50,000 for the purchase of the one-of-a-kind playground for the Healing Hearts Center. Regional Hospice Foundation Executive Director Paul Sirois says this is the culminating event of a two year process.
12-year old Ryan Patrick was inspired to do good following the shootings at Sandy Hook School. He wanted to help a group helping Newtown. Several of his friends joined him formally founding KIDOs, which stands for Kids In Deed Organization. The playground is being named for them.
The playground has ropes and heart-shaped arches creating a heart-shaped tunnel for children to climb through, around, and up and down.
Healing Hearts provides free grief counseling to families throughout Connecticut and nearby New York.