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Published September 05, 2013, 10:29 PM

Middle-schooler raises money for homeless shelter

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A local middle school student says she wants to give the playground at Churches United an extreme makeover. And tonight, Heidi Deplazes held a fundraiser to make that dream a reality.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A local middle school student says she wants to give the playground at Churches United an extreme makeover. And tonight, Heidi Deplazes held a fundraiser to make that dream a reality.

In the last year, Churches United served 79 families and 187 children.

So, having a safe and appropriate place for them to play is a high priority.

A playground is a place where a kid can be a kid…

And 11-year-old Heidi Deplazes wants to make sure the kids at Churches United Homeless Shelter get that opportunity.

Heidi Deplazes – Shelter Fest Organizer: "We're going to do an extreme remodel, except it's the playground edition, so it's even cooler."

Heidi organized Shelter Fest with the goal of raising five thousand dollars to do a makeover of the shelter's outdoor play area.

She noticed the need while doing service projects with her Girl Scout troop.

Heidi: "It was ok, but I could see better. I have a future vision for that."

The plan is to resurface the play set donated eight years ago by local Kiwanis clubs, build a shed, and buy durable toys.

Operations Director John Roberts says he thinks Heidi's willingness to help is fantastic, but not surprising.

John Roberts: "It doesn't surprise me. My experience with the Fargo-Moorhead community is that it's an incredibly generous and incredibly giving community. So children are seeing that example."

In fact, nearly everything at Shelter Fest was donated.

They planned the event in just one month, but Heidi's mother Natasha says it was worth it.

Natasha Deplazes – Heidi’s Mother: "I'm just proud to be her mom. She's a really cool kid and she's motivated."

And Heidi's dream is set to become reality; the "extreme remodel" is scheduled later this month.

Heidi: "There's got to be a place in your home where you can just be a kid and you know, do what kids do."

The remodel starts here on September 29th.

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