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You Won't Believe What MLB Star Cole Hamels Donated To Kids In Need

Soon after they got married in 2012, Texas Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels and his wife, Heidi, had their sights set on building their dream home in Missouri. The couple purchased a sprawling property and began building it, but then a wrench was thrown into things.

Hamels was traded to the Texas Rangers, and things got flipped upside down from that point. While that comes with the territory of being a professional athlete, we can only imagine it must be rather jarring to have to uproot things at a moment's notice.

In any event, the couple never did get around to finishing off their dream home. The unfinished mansion sat for some time, and the couple finally decided to put it up on the market this past August.

Somewhere along the way, inspiration struck for the couple and they decided that there was a much greater use for the property. The couple then went ahead and did something absolutely amazing -just in time for Christmas.

As the Daily Mail shares, the couple has announced that they have donated the $9.75 million mansion and 100 acres of land to charity. Specifically, the Hamels Foundation is giving the sprawling property to Camp Barnabas, a charity that provides camps for children with special needs and chronic illnesses, as well as for their siblings.

In a release announcing their awesome decision, Cole explained why they chose Camp Barnabas.

“Seeing the faces, hearing the laughter, reading the stories of the kids they serve; there is truly nothing like it,” he said. “Barnabas makes dreams come true, and we felt called to help them in a big way.”

The centerpiece of the property is a 32,000-square foot home with 10 bedrooms and 19 bathrooms, but there’s a whole lot more that future campers will benefit from. The property boasts 1,700 feet of waterfront along Table Rock Lake that comes complete with docks, a massive playground, and stables.

Jason Brawner, CEO of Camp Barnabas, offered up his thoughts on what is believed to be the largest donation in the history of his organization.

“Our mission is to change lives through disability ministry, and we’ve been strategically looking for ways to expand our ministry outside of a summer camp,” he said. “We have no doubt that this gift will allow us to do just that.”

The gift should allow the camp the opportunity to do just that and then some. While there’s plenty of work to be done to transform it into a fully functioning camp, this has all the makings of a huge asset for the camp as it helps kids that are dealing with some trying circumstances make the best of things.

It’s not too hard to envision this place becoming a highlight of the year for some children, and the little break they get from all of their worries can make a whole world of difference for them.

As for the Hamels, they deserve a ton of kudos for their selfless act of charity. The picturesque property would’ve surely fetched a pretty penny before too long, but their desires to help children in need outweighed the almighty dollar.

They’ve made Christmas very bright for an outstanding organization, and we sincerely hope that theirs is wonderful as well.

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: Wikimedia Commons, YouTube, Realtor

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