Son of Jason Ellis receives dream playhouse from local charities
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Several local charities unveiled two impressive playhouses Thursday for two very special children, including Hunter Ellis, the son of fallen Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis.
The playhouses were custom-built from the ground up.
"They will have running water, heat, air conditioning," said Chuck Kavanaugh, executive vice president of the Building Industry Association.
"Our young people put a lot of love and attention into them to make sure they're the best that they can build," said Lynn Rippy, executive director of YouthBuild Louisville.
The annual revealing event is a combined effort among the Building Industry Charitable Foundation, Kosair Charities and YouthBuild Louisville.
"Each of the Kosair Kids met with the builders early in the process and actually told them what they wanted. They were actually designing the houses themselves. It was actually pretty interesting," said Kavanaugh.
"She wanted it pink and she loves ballerina stuff so they've got ballerina stuff on the walls," said Fadi Mohammed, the father of one of the recipients.
This year's lucky playhouse recipients are Hunter Ellis and Jenna Mohammed.
They got to see their new playhouses for the first time Thursday.
"I thought that can't possibly be for Hunter. There's no way. That's not a playhouse. That's a house," said Amy Ellis, Hunter's Mom.
"I had no idea it was going to be this big and that detailed. It's crazy. It's just perfect," said Fadi Mohammed.
Hunter and Jenna are both Kosair Kids and were chosen for different reasons.
"I just want to thank everyone for the support and these wonderful charities that have chosen Hunter," said Amy Ellis.
Ellis says Hunter will share the playhouse with his brother Parker once it's delivered to their Bardstown home.
"They're pretty good buddies," she told WDRB.
The Ellis family has been through a lot. They lost their dad, Bardstown Officer Jason Ellis, in May 2013 when he was gunned down while on the way home from work.
Amy says it's important for the boys to be able to have a place to act their age.
"Just to have fun and be happy and be kids. Very blessed and thankful," she said.
Jenna Mohammed's dad Fadi says Jenna will use her playhouse for years to come.
"I think over time, it'll be her little getaway. She'll be able to go there, relax, do her homework, get her thoughts together," he said.
The playhouses will be on display for the next three days at the Home, Garden and Remodeling Show at the Kentucky Expo Center.
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