Former Major League Baseball star pitcher Cole Hamels and his wife have decided to donate their Missouri mansion to a Christian camp after being touched by the work that the organization does.
Camp Barnabas is a Christian camp in the Ozarks which serves those with special needs and chronic diseases plus their family members. The Hamels were reportedly moved with the stories of the children and felt compelled to help them.
"There are tons of amazing charities in Southwest Missouri. Out of all of these, Barnabas really pulled on our heartstrings," said 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."
The Hamels' mansion spans 32,000 square feet and stands on more than 100 acres of land on Table Rock Lake. The property is the largest donation so far made to Camp Barnabas, and chief development officer Krystal Simon said the gift will give them a chance to expand their ministry and touch thousands of more lives in the future.
On Dec. 19, Camp Barnabas gave media a sneak peek of the Missouri Mansion, which had previously been listed with a value of $9.4 million. The Christian camp's CEO, Jason Brawner, said they still have no plans on how they will use the property but noted they have no plans to sell it in the near future or use it as a summer camp, the Springfield News-Leader reported.
Brawner revealed that the Hamels had contacted them about donating the mansion six months ago. The place, which has yet to be completed, was initially planned to be the family's home before they decided to settle in Dallas.
In addition, Brawner told reporters during the press conference that Camp Barnabas was prepared financially for the maintenance of the Missouri mansion. They are also planning to gather ideas from neighbors before implementing their future plans for the property.