Project Kidz Kove got the final push it needed last Tuesday to get the building process going for its playground facility for children of all abilities. The Shell Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) company that’s being built in Geismar donated $25, 000 to the project, an amount that will prevent the board of directors from having to host another fund raiser.
Project Kidz Kove got the final push it needed last Tuesday to get the building process going for its playground facility for children of all abilities. The Shell Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) company that’s being built in Geismar donated $25, 000 to the project, an amount that will prevent the board of directors from having to host another fund raiser. “We needed just a little bit more and we were going to probably have to do another fund raiser and this eliminates that,” Audrey Boudreaux said about Shell LNG’s donation. “I think we’re good to go and we’re so anxious for the park to get built and hopefully we’ll see it come in the spring and have those special needs children with their cousins and friends they can play along with.” Project Kidz Kove was established in 2010 and is focused to provide a park for children with special needs. “It’s a universal park so that’s what it’s made for so those special needs children can play with other kids typical as well as theirs and it makes it so much easier for them to maneuver and get around on the park,” Boudreaux said. Roxan Craft and Marlon Reyes Granados represented Shell in the donation and signed over the check to the project’s board of directors. “This is such a special project and so needed in the community that we wanted to be part of it,” Craft said, General Manager for the Geismar Plant. “As everybody knows we are building an LNG facility and part of that contribution is coming from that LNG construction, so just giving back to the community is the most important part.” Craft added: “I know there are many families out there who have special needs children and this is going to be such a great opportunity for them to get out and enjoy the outdoors, and have a safe place to do that. Several of us who work at Shell have kids with special needs so we really appreciate the work that’s been done here.” Marlon Reyes Granados serves as the Business Manager for the LNG plant that’s coming and said this opportunity for Shell to give is a perfect reflection of Shell’s motto. “Shell is always giving back to the community and things like this is what enhances our involvement in the community,” Reyes Granados said. “Giving back is great for the community, there is not a lot of projects like this where it is inclusive and diverse, which is what Shell is all about. We’re happy to contribute to the community.” Acreage for Kidz Kove Discovery Park was dedicated by the City of Gonzales, and once completed will be maintained by the City’s department of recreation. Boudreaux added, “We can’t thank Shell enough, they’re a good partner in the parish already and they really came through for us right here in giving us that extra push we needed.”