Union painters donate time to paint at Ranken Jordan Hospital

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MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KPLR) - A local pediatric hospital is getting a boost from a group of painters who gave up their day to lend a hand.

For some of them, it's more than volunteer work, it's personal.

It is what they do for living, commercial painters, union member’s part of a group called the young lions.  On this day they were at the Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital giving a fresh coat to a gym where so many kids give a real life definition of playing through pain.

Lisa Walton can identify with any parent who ever crossed the threshold of this place.  That's why she jumped at the volunteer assignment.  Her son, now 13, has grown up healthy, but the memory of a child so sick never leaves you.  You want to help.

Just feet away, Ron Riley also takes this personally because of the place.

He's talking about his wife who passed away last year.  She worked at Ranken Jordan with the kids who play in this room for about seven years. He still has the memories.

And now they can do something for this hospital that does so much for so many.  Those with kids at home are reminded just how much their health means and happy to help those not as lucky.