Texas Rangers Major League Baseball pitcher Cole Hamels and his wife Heidi donated their 32,000 square foot mansion, including more than 100 acres, on Table Rock Lake to Camp Barnabas, a camp for children with special needs and chronic illnesses.
“There are tons of amazing charities in Southwest Missouri. Out of all of these, Barnabas really pulled on our heartstrings,” says Cole Hamels. “Seeing the faces, hearing the laughter, reading the stories of the kids they serve; there is truly nothing like it. Barnabas makes dreams come true, and we felt called to help them in a big way.”
This gift marks the largest donation in the history of Barnabas.
“This is so much more than a beautiful property.” says Krystal Simon, Chief Development Officer. “This incredible gift allows us to further our ministry and truly change thousands of lives for years to come.”
Over the past 24 years, Camp Barnabas has welcomed more than 75,000 campers and missionaries to camp.
“We love that Barnabas sees the bigger picture,” says Cole and Heidi Hamels. “They are changing the way the world sees disability ministry.”