Excited campers take part Monday in the opening ceremony for Camp Bluebonnet at Variety’s Peaceable Kingdom Retreat. About 200 students are participating in the camp for children with diabetes and their siblings.

A local nonprofit benefiting children with special needs will be building a new inclusive playground the weekend of Sept. 21.

Variety’s Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children in partnership with Keurig, Dr Pepper, Cinemark and KaBOOM will “transform an empty site into a kid-designed, state-of-the-art playground in just six hours at Variety’s Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children,” according to a release sent by Stacy Bruce, the president and executive director of Variety the Children’s Charity of Texas.

The build requires 200 total volunteers from Central Texas, Dr Pepper and Cinemark. The build is happening over three days, Sept. 19, 20 and 21. The biggest day will be Sept. 21, and the organization is still looking for around 50 volunteers to help on that day. The work will begin at 8 a.m. and breakfast and lunch will be provided, activities will be available to kids as well, according to the release.

On Thursday, the prep work for building the playground will be done from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and around 25 volunteers are still needed for that day, according to Bruce.

Bruce commented on the project and the volunteers.

Peaceable Kingdom is at 19051 Farm-to-Market 2484 in Killeen..

“We are thrilled to build this new playground with 200 local volunteers,” Bruce said. “We invite volunteers of all abilities and ages to join. We will work hard and celebrate this endeavor together.”

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