PITTSBURGH (Aug. 25, 2010) — Eleven-year-old Kyle Dempsey of Pittsburgh loves to play outdoors, but due to his medical condition, he could be seriously injured if he fell on a playground. So having a safe play environment is crucial.
That's where Liberty Tire Recycling L.L.C. stepped in. The Pittsburgh-based tire recycler recently worked with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia to grant Kyle his wish—his own swing set surrounded by rubberized mulch.
“When we heard about Kyle's wish, we wanted to make his dream a reality, so we donated Pinnacle Rubber Mulch to be used as the safety surfacing for his swing set,” said Jeffery Kendall, Liberty Tire's CEO, in a company press release. “We are so pleased that the combined efforts of Liberty Tire Recycling and the Make-A-Wish Foundation gave a wonderful boy the opportunity to laugh and play in his own backyard, on his own swing set.”
The mulch is made from recycled scrap tires. The company claims its rubber mulch is superior to wood counterparts as a playground surface, with a six-inch layer of Pinnacle Rubber Mulch able to cushion a child's fall from as high as 16 feet. The product also is durable enough to be expected to remain bright and plush for as long as 10 years, the firm added.
Judith Stone, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia, said that because of Liberty Tire's generosity, “Kyle can swing, slide and climb knowing that he'll be safe.”
More information about the company is available at Liberty Tire's website.