Playworld Systems featured on news programs across the country

Boy who inspired thousands with lemonade stand gets a fabulous surprise for his 10th birthday

By Kimberly Craig, WXYZ

Friday afternoon, Joshua Smith, who is homeschooled, had no idea of the surprise that was about to come knocking on the door. Joshua gained national attention this summer when he raised thousands of dollars at his lemonade and popcorn stand to help the cash-strapped City of Detroit.

Kevin Cook, an executive from Playworld Systems in Pennsylvania, saw Joshua's story on World News With Diane Sawyer several weeks ago.

"My wife was sitting on the couch with me and looked at me and said 'Kevin, you are getting that young man a playground", said Cook.

And on Friday, Cook jumped on a flight from Pennsylvania to Michigan to surprise Joshua by telling him that Playworld Systems is going to build a $50,000 playground structure at a nearby park.

Watch Joshua's birthday surprise:




The playground donation story was also featured on ABC World News Tonight with David Muir on September 16, 2012 and picked up by more than 40 news affiliates across the country.