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Youth & Family Services partners with Devon Energy and KaBOOM! to replace playground lost in tornado

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 As Oklahoma communities continue to rebuild after last year’s devastating tornadoes, the future looks bright for the Youth & Family Services shelter that took a direct hit. Through a partnership with Devon Energy and KaBOOM!, the shelter’s children soon will have a new playground. 

Since our outdoor play area was destroyed by the tornado, we have been looking for a way to rebuild it as damage to our outdoor structures isn’t covered by insurance,” said Dee Blose, Youth & Family Services executive director. “Play is therapeutic for children. It provides an outlet for stress and helps provide a sense of normalcy after a disaster. We have been looking for a way to rebuild our damaged outdoor structures. To learn that Devon Energy has agreed to fund the project is a dream come true.” 

More than 200 volunteers, of all ages, are needed to build the playground. This will happen April 12 over the course of six hours at the Youth & Family Services shelter, 7565 East Highway 66 in El Reno. 

To volunteer or learn more, contact:

John Schneider at or (405) 262-6555. 

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