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Baseball star gives $9 million property to Christian camp

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 12/20/17, 11:30 am

A major league baseball player is pitching in to help chronically ill and special needs children. Texas Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels and his wife, Heidi, are donating a mansion and 100 acres of land in southwest Missouri to Camp Barnabas, a Christian charity that provides camps for people with disabilities. The 32,000 square-foot home is worth more than $9 million.

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Prison Fellowship

A day on the ice

Charity | Children of incarcerated parents find their footing in Central Park
by Emily Belz
Posted 11/14/17, 05:18 pm

A New York moment: 

A cold and clear Saturday in Central Park is the right time for ice skating and hot chocolate. About 60 children eagerly hit the park’s Wollman ice rink this past weekend as part of Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree program. All have incarcerated parents. 

Olympic figure skater JoJo Starbuck and other instructors were carving the rink to train the children, some of whom had never skated before but stayed on the rink for hours despite the unseasonably cold weather. 

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Casting corporate bread upon the waters

Disaster relief | Amid flood damage from hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, some big corporations are bankrolling a reportedly inefficient disaster relief organization—and discriminating against employees who support better options
by Susan Olasky
Posted 9/26/17, 06:38 pm

HOUSTON—Before Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast on Aug. 25, a fleet of trucks from evangelical nonprofit Convoy of Hope (Springfield, Mo.) was on the road loaded with water, food, and hygiene kits. Two disaster teams from Samaritan’s Purse (Boone, N.C.) headed out on Aug. 26. Southern Baptists, with churches scattered throughout the affected area, quickly activated chainsaw teams that cleared roads and removed fallen trees.

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