Volunteers finish playhouse after contractor's death, donate to crisis center

Volunteers finish playhouse after contractor's death, donate to crisis center
Playhouse designed by Mark Bosworth. (Source: KLTV News Staff)
Mark Bosworth. (Source: Family Photo)
Mark Bosworth. (Source: Family Photo)
Volunteers working on donated playhouse. (Source: Facebook)
Volunteers working on donated playhouse. (Source: Facebook)
On March 16, tiny houses took over the square in downtown Tyler.
Each house was auctioned off to raise funds for Smith County's Habitat for Humanity. They were donated and designed by local businesses and organizations.
The construction of one playhouse became a collaborative effort to honor the man who designed it.
For Mark Bosworth, a Lindale contractor building a cottage style playhouse meant combining his passion of construction and community outreach.

"Mark was very giving, says Marlisa Bosworth, Marks wife. When the opportunity came up for him to build a playhouse, it was really something he passionately wanted to do."

On February 12, Bosworth died after suffering from a heart attack. He was still in the early stages of constructing the playhouse, but his desire to help others lived on.

Jack Wilson the CEO for Smith County Habitat for Humanity says after Bosworths death around 15 habitat volunteers came together to work on the playhouse.

"They did a beautiful job and there was so much love that went into it, it was really touching, says Marlisa Bosworth.

To further honor Bosworth, Wilson says on the night of the auction instead of asking for bids on the house they asked for donations. The funds went to habitat while the playhouse went to the East Texas Crisis Center.

"Families are coming here because they are not safe at home, says Lana Peacock, the centers executive director. While they are here this little house will just be one more thing to make their day and stay a little bit happier."

Over $8,000 was donated for the playhouse.

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