Lazydays’ ‘Dream Team’ Helps Tampa’s Kids
When Wanda DeLaRosa, executive director of It’s All About Kids, needed help transforming a 6,000-square-foot space in Tampa’s University Mall into a state-of-the-art afterschool learning lab for underprivileged kids, she placed a call to Lazydays, an RV dealership in nearby Seffner, asking for any aid the RV dealership could spare.
Lazydays responded by sending the “Dream Team,” a dedicated and diverse group of employees who voluntarily donate their free time and labor to construction and renovation projects that benefit needy kids throughout the community, according to a news release.
Despite the event taking place during Lazydays’ busiest time of the year, the Dream Team members were more than willing to donate their free time toward what they collectively believed was an important project.
“I don’t have a lot to give so I give of my time to help others,” said Lazydays Glass Shop Technician and Dream Team volunteer Richard Rainey. “It’s very rewarding to know that by putting my technical skills to use I can benefit many of our community’s disadvantaged children.”
Skills are not the only asset Rainey brought to the job; he also brought a trailer packed with his personal tools to aid his team of fellow volunteers and craftsmen in completing the renovation.
Upon taking in the finished results, DeLaRosa fought back tears as she acknowledged the role the Lazydays Dream Team played in helping her organization realize a long awaited dream.
“It’s overwhelming to see so many people stop their lives to give,” she said. “The Lazydays Dream Team volunteers work hard to support their families by day and by night they take time away from their loved ones to help make our community a better place. It means so much to us all.”