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Donation makes new playground possible

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Posted: Friday, April 13, 2012 6:50 pm

Mesa business owner, Jay Lopez, owner of Media Made for You, wanted to help a growing Gilbert church realize its plans for a new playground.

That playground, at Gilbert’s Gateway Fellowship Preschool, opened to children April 9, due to Lopez’s last-minute $5,000 donation.

The church’s senior pastor said Lopez’s donation made a great difference in the project results.

“This church has been in Gilbert since the 1940s,” said Senior Pastor Larry Deskins. “We’ve grown from about 40 people in 1991 to about 1,000 people in service here today. This was a great big sand pit, basically, what the children were playing in, because you just couldn’t keep the grass green.”

While Lopez is not a member of Gateway Fellowship Church, he said he was compelled to make the donation due to his children’s experiences playing on similar church playgrounds.

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