What started out as a spark of imagination has grown into a flourishing fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity Lake-Sumter. In its 4th year, more than 100 volunteers were on site in downtown Tavares participating in the construction and decoration of 13 individually themed playhouses.
Teams sponsored the build of each playhouse to support and benefit Habitat’s affordable homeownership programs and preservation services. Teams of any kind can build playhouses – corporate groups, faith congregations, youth and school groups, members of community organizations and groups of friends. Each playhouse takes 3-4 hours to build and paint with the help of 8-10 volunteers.
It is an inspiring opportunity to see something beautiful and meaningful come together out of a few pieces of wood, knowing that it will bring light into the life of a deserving child in the community. After they are decorated, later in the day the parents, some with many family members present, arrived with the children to surprise them with a playhouse of their own in their favorite theme.
The 2022 Winner of Best Playhouse was the team from ShuffieldLowman with their Princess Castle themed playhouse, which was decked out with a pink fur rug, bookcase full of books, and even a pink chandelier!
It was a magical experience for all involved to see the look on the children’s faces when they saw their playhouse for the very first time, lighting up with animation when they realized the special playhouse was their very own home! The Jingle Build-Off is designed to be a stepping-stone to teach young children the pride and joy of homeownership.
It’s moments like this that reinforce what HFHLS builds within our community!
Want to get involved for next year’s friendly team build competition?
Would like to receive a playhouse next year?