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4/23/2013 12:36:00 PM
'Operation: FUN!' launches in Hayfield
Gabriel Jarrod shows off the flyer he designed to help promote “Operation: FUN!,” a business he has created to raise money to buy and install playground equipment in Hayfield City Parks.
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Gabriel Jarrod shows off the flyer he designed to help promote “Operation: FUN!,” a business he has created to raise money to buy and install playground equipment in Hayfield City Parks.

By Tara Lindquist

Laying in bed one night, Gabriel Jarrod knew he had to come up with a business plan to purchase new play ground equipment for the two parks in Hayfield. He just wasn't quite sure how to raise the money. That night after much deliberation and thought, he came up with "Operation: FUN!."

Himle Park, he thought was lacking swings for older kids and adults and a Loopy Whoop Spinner that he'd seen online. The park by the nursing home was lacking a merry-go-round and a safety mat to place below it.

Gabriel finally came up with his plan and set forth his idea to the Hayfield city council during their April meeting.

Gabriel is nine, so he was a little nervous but he presented his business plan; "Operation FUN!," to the council.

His plan includes gathering volunteers to help do yard work around town with all of the money earned going towards the new playground equipment, selling lemonade and cookies in the summer and shoveling snow in the winter. All the money he raises will be donated to the city to be used for new playground equipment. The city council offered full support behind Gabriel's fundraising efforts.

"I was nervous to talk them," Gabriel said. "But I'm happy that they support my idea." Mayor Greg Demmer told Gabriel the money he donates to the city will be ear-marked to buy the playground equipment he chooses.

I asked Gabriel why he choose to raise money for the parks instead of trying to earn the money to put the equipment in his own backyard. "It just seemed better to raise the money for the park," he explained. "That way everyone can enjoy it not just me." His response fits in with his business motto; Smiles for little ones, no matter the size.

Gabriel will be putting up fliers in local businesses to advertise his fundraising efforts in the next week or so. He is working on creating donation buckets that he hopes to place around town at local businesses as well.

The total cost of the playground equipment is $15,000. He knows he's going to have to work hard, before he can play hard and is hoping other kids, of all ages will help join his effort.

Anyone interested in helping Gabriel or anyone interested in hiring Gabriel can contact him at or you can contact him at his website, which is a Facebook page at

Claremont Service

Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, June 28, 2013
Article comment by: Melonie Marking

Great job, Gabriel! I'm sure your parents are quite proud of you!

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