All united for a playground


Volunteers of all ages at Kaboom!

By Miguel Gonzalez

Editor & Founder

(Victorville)–They came from every walk of life, many parts of the Victor Valley and even from Texas. All came with one purpose in common: to build a playground for a community in need.

Over 140 volunteers participated in the Kaboom! Build a Playground event Friday afternoon in Victorville and the result is sure to make an impact with the children of North Victorville.

The event, sponsored by The B.E.A.R.S., DR. Pepper Snapple and The City of Victorville, gave Avalon Park a much needed facelift to the delight of many children who curiously observed with patience how complete strangers assembled a new playground and painted the meeting room at the park. “We want to give back to our community,” said Dr Pepper Snapple Plant Manager Graham Bailey. “It’s a no brainer to be here and tomorrow I am bringing my children to play here,” Bailey added.

The event drew over 50 employees of Dr. Pepper Snapple, some of them who traveled from headquarters in Texas, but it also drew the attention of Monica Cabingatan, a member of the Victor Valley College Associated Student Body. “Volunteering gives us an amazing feeling,” Cabintagan, who brought with her seven colleagues from the VVC ASB.

The mix of volunteers was rich. Many very young, others just young at heart. “This is what life is all about,” Victorville Community Services Department Director Jon Gargan explained. “We have all come together for one purpose and the domino effect will give people pride in their communities.”

In all, the project to build a new playground and paint the meeting room at Avalon Park took over nine hours of hard work, not that you could tell by looking at the faces of the happy volunteers. “People are glad to be here. They know they will positively impact the lives of children in this area,” said Bailey.

Local businesses stepped up to the plate and donated food, beverages and even tools.

Resident Lamisha Smith could not believe her eyes by the time the volunteers completed the project. “This is a blessing and a lesson on how we all should treat each other. I tear up just by thinking what these volunteers have done for our kids.”

To view more pictures of “Kaboom! Help Build Playground” please click here—>

7 comments for “All united for a playground

  1. Sally
    October 9, 2010 at 12:49 am

    Thanks for reporting how people in the High Desert are making a difference! What a terrific way to start my weekend 🙂

  2. October 9, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Great article. What a day for the community…

  3. October 9, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Check out video montage of the KaBOOM! event at

  4. October 9, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    El Kingston, excellent video! Thanks for sharing it with us! Positive.

  5. Candy Thomas
    October 15, 2010 at 8:55 am

    This was my first KaBOOM project and I hope it is not my last. I was amazed to see what we did in 8 hours. Made me want to be a kid again. TRUE TEAM WORK….!! I enjoyed this day so much.

  6. October 18, 2010 at 4:02 am

    It’s great to see that the kids have such a caring community!

    • October 18, 2010 at 7:33 pm

      Michael: The event was very positive! People doing good for other people. We need more of that in this community. Help us spread the word about our website and tell your friends 🙂

      Miguel Gonzalez.

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