The Family Crisis Center of Catoosa, Walker, Dade, and Chattooga Counties recently received a wonderful gift from employees of Shaw Industries, when a collection of workers from the company helped erect and install a new playground at the center.

According to center director, Kristy Lawson, a handful of employees from Shaw’s Plant 47 in Ringgold stopped by in late May to help put together the new playground, which was purchased through grants and donations made to the center.

“We were able to purchase new playground equipment for the children that stay at the center,” Lawson said. “We are so proud of our new playground that was much needed for safety of the children.”

In addition to the kind contributions to the project, Lawson says it wouldn’t have been completed so quickly without the volunteers from Shaw.

“Shaw’s Plant 47 in Ringgold donated their time and took on the project of installing the new equipment,” Lawson said. “I can’t thank them enough for all of their hard work and commitment in getting this project completed. This was a very large project for them to take on, and they all came together as a team and did something great for their community.”

Lawson says the playground has already been a big hit with children staying at the center.

“The many children that have come thru the shelter have just been ecstatic over the new playground,” Lawson said.

The Family Crisis Center provides emergency shelter to domestic violence women and children for the four-county area.

“Each year we provide emergency shelter to over 200 women and their children that are fleeing from domestic violence,” Lawson said. “The center greatly depends on the community for support and donations.”

Lawson says the shelter is currently in need of a few item such as size 6 diapers/pull ups, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, sanitizing spray, dishwasher tabs, lice kits, toilet paper, paper towels, liquid laundry detergent, and Pin-Sol cleaner for mopping.

Anyone looking to donate can contact the center at 706-375-7180.

Adam Cook is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He has been a reporter since 2009. He can be reached at The Catoosa County News office at 706-935-2621 and by email at

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