OGDEN -- Children at the Christmas Box House have their very own custom-built playhouse equipped with hardwood floors and full electricity, thanks to the generosity of two local organizations.
Construction technology students at Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College built the house. Kimberly-Clark won it in a drawing and decided to donate it.
"We have a history of donating to the Christmas Box House," said James Alspaugh, plant manager at Kimberly-Clark. "We have given Huggies products to them, and for the past two years, we have purchased gifts for them with our Angel Tree project, so it was fitting to donate this playhouse to them."
The 8-foot-by-8-foot house is built exactly like a real home, said Rick Brown, construction technology instructor at the college.
"It's just like a log cabin with log exterior and a rock front," he said. "We also took some of the trees that were cut down on our campus and recycled them and used them on the house as well."
The house also has a cedar roof and light switches. The total worth of the house is approximately $4,800.
"We have a big shop area where we bring the students in and teach them about construction," Brown said. "One thing we try to teach about is giving back to the community, and once a year, we look for a project to work on. This year it was playhouses and storage sheds."
Brown said about 30 students are divided into teams and work on the project from blueprint to finished product.
"They have done a fantastic job, and we're thrilled this playhouse is going to the children at the Christmas Box House," Brown said. "We still have some houses and sheds left for sale to the general public that start at around $600 and go all the way up to about $4,800."
The playhouse was delivered to the Christmas Box House on Tuesday morning.
"We hope this playhouse will bring smiles to the children who visit the Christmas Box House for years to come," Alspaugh said. "We're very excited and happy about it."