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Dear Tom,

Sixteen months ago, my 32 year-old daughter went to the hospital for outpatient surgery on her foot.   She never came home as she passed away while the hospital was administering the anesthesia.    She left behind a husband and an 8 month-old little girl, Lailah Renee.

My son-in-law was having issues with my granddaughter’s child care, so my husband and I decided to turn our tragedy into triumph and open a child development center…Cribs 2 Crayons in St. Charles, Missouri.  This allowed us to take care of our granddaughter during the day, ease our son- in-laws mind and provide affordable, reliable daycare for other parents.

I’m asking for playground equipment as my Christmas wish.    We have been licensed for a center that could care for 100 children, however, we are focusing only on 40, so our granddaughter and the other 39 children can be in a safe and nurturing environment.

We have a huge outside play area, but after all of the items we had to purchase for a new facility, playground equipment was not at the top of the list.   it’s a joy to see the children running around outside, but I would love to be able to purchase some little tikes play houses, swing sets and activity centers for toddlers and small children, ages 2-6, so they can expand their minds and learn inside—and lose their minds and play outside!