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Tech Workers Build Playhouses For Kids

SanDisk trades cubicles for playhouses

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    SanDisk, like many big tech companies, has a foundation - the SanDisk Foundation has, since 2003, given 19 million dollars to charitable organizations. Scott Budman reports on what they do with the money. (Published Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013)

    Some Bay Area techies spent their workday making life a little bit happier for some Bay Area kids.

    SanDisk, a flash memory maker based in Milpitas, marked its 25th year in business by sending its employees out to its spacious backyard, to design, build, and paint playhouses for kids. They got a boost from Habitat for Humanity, which provided materials and building advice.

    SanDisk, like many big tech companies, has a foundation - the SanDisk Foundation has, since 2003, given 19 million dollars to charitable organizations.

    The playhouses were a big hit with kids - we caught up with Jaden and Kira, who asked for - and got - a playhouse custom made with characters from the game "Minecraft." Their reaction? "awwwsoommmeee," in unison.

    SanDisk, because it turned 25, got a chance to ring the opening bell on the Nasdaq tuesday morning. An honor, to be sure, but employee Anurag Malhotra, who rolled up his sleeves to construct a playhouse roof says, "You know what? I'd have to say this is a little bit cooler."

    Jaden and Kira would agree.

    Scott can be found on Twitter: @scottbudman