Buidling goodwill: Cottages 4 Kids unveils seventh year


Ted Missildine stands proudly with his Key Club's pirate ship.

Deborah Wheeler | The Sun
Published: Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 04:49 PM.

Children's Volunteer Health Network has kicked off its seventh year of offering cottage-style playhouses as possible Christmas gifts for kids, with proceeds benefiting area children who are uninsured or underinsured for dental or healthcare.

The cottages are presently resting on Rosemary Beach's East Long Green lawn and are visible from County Road 30A.

Each cottage/playhouse is different and each was designed and built by a different company, with each receiving its own unique dose of imagination and view into a child's mind.

Designed to entertain and delight, this year's choices range from a two-story pirate ship built by Freeport High School's Key Club members under the leadership of Ted Missildine; "Seaslide" designed after Seaside's iconic Coleman pavilion; the understated "Live It Up"; "All Decked Out"; and last but not least, "Kid Comfort," which was designed by HGTV's Vern Yip.

CVHN's Shaye Smith said the designs reflect local architecture.

"They all bring something different," she said. "One even has a rock-climbing wall."

Cottages for Kids is an annual “fun-raising” event that kicked off Nov. 9. The cottages are open for play and discovery each weekend through Nov. 30. It is a free, family-friendly event. The designs are earth-friendly and the materials must be safe and healthy for kids and good for the environment.

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