When Danielle Spooner told a group of strangers about her quarantine struggles on Facebook, she never imagined they would jump into action.
The mom of three lives in a two-bedroom apartment in Swansea, Wales, with fiancé Jason Lowe. Their twin boys are just 18 months old, while their older child is 3. The novel coronavirus pandemic has been especially hard on them because they didn’t have anywhere they could get fresh air.
“It has been very challenging with no outside space and young children who are used to being out and about,’ Danielle said.
Lockdown rules in the U.K. prohibit anyone from using public parks or playgrounds, so even the park right across the street from them is off-limits. Thankfully, after reaching out to their neighbors online, they realized the solution to their problem was closer than they imagined!
“Right at the end of the car park is a bit of wasteland that hasn’t been used for years,” Danielle explained. “The other day we were thinking we could make a little mini playground — by then we were at breaking point.”
Once the family received permission to transform the vacant patch of pavement into a safe play area, neighbors Amanda Evans and Carl Fackrell rushed to help them put down mulch. Soon, other parents found out what was going on and began scouring their sheds for unused toys, a baby pool, and even a trampoline!
The entire project took less than two days and cost under £100. Plus, a local restaurant pitched in with dinner for all the kind individuals involved!
“Everyone has been amazing to help us, even when they don’t have to,” Danielle said. “Since lockdown, a lot of communities have come back together like ours.”
Best of all, Danielle’s kids are thrilled with their new space! She said, “The children went crazy when they saw it — running around, trying out everything that’s in there.”
This is a perfect example of how much better off we are when we’re working together! After all, we need support to get us through hard times.
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