News broke on Friday that MLB pitcher Cole Hamels and his wife, Heidi, decided to donate their home to Camp Barnabas, a camp for special needs and chronically ill children.
The 32,000-square-foot home and over 100 acres of land will be the largest donation in Camp Barnabas history.
“There are tons of amazing charities in southwest Missouri,” Cole Hamels said. “Out of all of these, Barnabas really pulled on our heartstrings. 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.”
The Hamels family thought the mansion would be their dream home but they decided to take the move to Texas.
The move is great news for the southwestern Missouri organization. The property was big in the discussion of rezoning earlier in the year.
What was once planned to turn to a clubhouse for condo owners will now become a camp ground for several children in need.