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Fundraiser set for playground in baby’s memory

A fundraiser to help build a playground at Creative Treasures Preschool, next to Christ Hope Ministry, will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the church at 2818 Carroll Road.

Curiously, the fundraiser is being headed by a Kentucky couple who lost their daughter to sudden infant death syndrome.

After their daughter’s death, friends set up a Facebook page, and Ryan and Joelle Long received donations from around the world. They both had good jobs, though, Joelle said, so they decided to take the donations and donate them to a worthy purpose in memory of their daughter, Oakleigh.

Joelle Long’s sister-in-law teaches at Creative Treasures Preschool, which has a fenced-in area but no playground.

The Longs decided to give the donations they had received toward that playground.

The total cost of the playground will be about $20,000. So far, the fund has $16,000.

The activities Saturday will include a bounce house, petting zoo, rides, crafts for kids, games and other activities.

Texas Roadhouse, where the Longs work in Kentucky, will have a food truck there. Food will be for sale, and other donations will be accepted.

Also, an oak tree in memory of Oakleigh will be planted at the future playground.