Wins for Kansas: Dilly's Place

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

"As a special needs family we see a need, we know we feel the need, we're right in the thick of it just like everyone else,” says Crystal Hinnen, the cofounder of “Dilly’s Place.”

That need is why a Conway Springs family decided to take action.

"We started when my son was little. We had gone over to a different playground because it was fenced in. My son was a runner when he was little. And this mom was carrying her child from the wheelchair to the play equipment, so we went back over to my mom’s house and she was like, ‘We need to do something.’ I'm like what on earth do you have in mind?!” said Hinnen.

That’s how Dilly’s Place was created. First it was a playground, open to the public at the Conway Springs city park.

"We raised money for ten years and built this beautiful playground."

And then the dream of a camp...a one day, completely free fun day for special needs families.

"It's really hard to take special needs kids anywhere. And so, when you come to camp you know that no one is going to bat and eye at your or look at you funny, they're probably going to lend you a hand."

People drive 8 to 9 hours just to come to their camp. And when they see the smiles on the kids’ faces, they know they're doing something right.

"We know that there's a need out there and we're just going to keep on truckin."

To help with their mission, KAKE TV and our partners, DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers are honored to them as this week's, “Wins for Kansas.”