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United Way christens LEAPmobile

United Way Director Chris Galvin and Dr. Ed Charnock christen the LEAPmobile with confetti and silly string. Charnock donated his used GMC Yukon to the Lake Erie Adventure Play (LEAP) program.

Dr. Ed Charnock and United Way Director Chris Galvin christened the LEAPmobile, a GMC Yukon donated by retired physician Dr. Ed Charnock.  In the spirit of LEAP’s mission for play, Charnock and Galvin sprayed confetti and silly string and covered the vehicle with handprints.

Lake Erie Adventure Play (LEAP), a pilot program of United Way Ottawa Co., provides opportunities for kids and their grownups to play in their own chosen ways in and around Ottawa Co., Ohio. Using recyclable materials such as cardboard boxes, "found" materials, and art supplies children are given the time and space to create and play as they desire.

“When we heard that Ed wanted to donate his used Yukon to a local charity, we talked with him about Lake Erie Adventure Play,” said LEAP Community Liaison Carol Clemons. “He came to one of our pop-up play events and as a former pediatrician, he saw the value in the play experiences we provide kids.”

LEAP used funds raised through a Leadership Ottawa Co. fundraiser to do necessary maintenance on the vehicle and staff are using the vehicle to transport materials to play sites around the area. Find out more about the program and upcoming events at facebook.com/LakeErieAdventurePlay.

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