This year, a bighearted baseball player is doing his part to make the holidays merry and bright.
MLB pitcher Cole Hamels and his wife Heidi donated their 32,000-square-foot(!) Missouri mansion to charity.
The Hamelses weren’t able to put the home to good use after Cole was traded to the Texas Rangers in 2015, their lawyer told the Springfield News-Leader. It prompted them to gift it to a deserving cause.
The property, valued at $9.4 million, is quite a sight to see.
We’re talking security check-in.
A tower with scenic views.
Lots and lots of parking.
And roughly 100 acres of surrounding land to enjoy.
The lucky new owners of the Hamelses’ old crib? The fine folks at nonprofit Camp Barnabas.
Camp Barnabas, a faith-based group that gives people with various types of disabilities and chronic illnesses an affirming summer camp experience, will use the property to expand its impact.
“There are tons of amazing charities in southwest Missouri,” the Hamelses explained in a statement. “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.”
“This is so much more than a beautiful property,” Krystal Simon, chief development officer, said of the Hamels couple’s gift — the largest donation ever given to the nonprofit. “This incredible gift allows us to further our ministry and truly change thousands of lives for years to come.”
‘Tis the season to give big, after all.