Sometimes it pays to reach for the stars.
Very soon, wheelchair-bound children in and around Bellefonte will be able to do just that — all from the comfort of Governors Park.
They’ll have an assist from the Liberty Swing, a nifty piece of Australian playground equipment that can safely carry up to 550 pounds.
It’s been absolutely amazing. A lot of the biggest donations have been from people I don’t even know.
As for who’s carrying the Liberty Swing, that honor would have to go to Ruth Fleck, the mother of 19-year-old Miranda, who has cerebral palsy.
Fleck launched a GoFundMe campaign back in December, with the hope that a tower of wallets would make it easier to reach the project’s $20,000 price tag.
She was at least half right — the page raised $9,055 toward the swing, but it was the word of mouth that proved invaluable.
Checks have been rolling into Fleck’s mailbox for the past few months. The $3,000 donation that clinched the deal arrived on Wednesday.
We’re hoping that we get people from all over the area.
“It’s been absolutely amazing. A lot of the biggest donations have been from people I don’t even know,” Fleck said.
She and the borough of Bellefonte are planning to have the swing in place for a June grand opening.
Fleck — who said that the swing is the first of its kind in Pennsylvania — would like to see it become a source of fun for handicapped children beyond the Centre County lines.
“We’re hoping that we get people from all over the area,” Fleck said.