October 14, 2010
Dear Business Friends,
Greetings from the beautiful Fall Colors of Camp New Hope.
Camp New Hope desperately needs your help!
To give you an idea of what Camp New Hope is all about here is a short story of how we came to be; In 1994, the Adkins brothers established the Waterfront Group, a company that buys and sells land to individuals looking for just the right place to build a home.
A few years later, they purchased 160 acres in the NC Mountains near West Jefferson on the New River. At the time, the land was known as High Valley. The property boasted of a 5-bedroom hunting lodge built in the early 1950’s. The lodge was surrounded by beautiful mountains and a high grassy knoll overlooking the winding New River. Valuing the unique beauty of the property, they made the decision not to develop or sell the land.
Instead, in February 2006, the brothers embarked on another endeavor. They felt, because of it’s unique beauty, the land known as High Valley must become a special place for some very special people. So they decided to renovate the lodge and provide a place where families with children with life-threatening medical conditions could go for a week for much needed family time, fun and relaxation. Knowing that with any illness there are also medical expenses, the brothers decided they would also lift the financial burden of a vacation and decided to provide the lodge and food for the week at no charge to these families. The work began immediately, with the help of many volunteers and totally funded by the brothers, Camp New Hope was born and opened in just 14 weeks.
In 2010, we celebrated the fact that we have helped over 140 children and hundreds of family members enjoy this beautiful place. The camp is open 365 days a year and our goal is to have the lodge filled with smiling faces all year long and while doing so, continue to make lifelong friends.
When asked why he and Mark decided to take on the added expense of the camp, Will Adkins replied, “Just look at the smiles on the children’s faces and you will know why.”
Most of you probably haven’t heard of us and are unaware that the majority of our children are in wheel chairs and are not able to ambulate at all. Unfortunately, this is also true for many of our future campers. These children are not able to lift themselves without the help of others. Here in lies the problem.
The lodge was built in the 1950’s and therefore the bathrooms are extremely small. The shower is 30 inches by 30 inches and we are only able to get a handicapped chair in the shower with no room left for an adult to help shower the child. Because of this, these children must take “spot baths” for the week.
We realize that everyone is feeling the effects of the slow economy and since we are a 501(c) (3) nonprofit, no charge facility, we too fall into that same category. Having said that, we also feel these children deserve a handicapped shower which we will not be able to provide without your help. We are proposing to build an addition onto the lodge that will provide them with a walk in shower large enough to accommodate a shower lounge chair as well as another adult. We will also be able to extend the end bedroom to accommodate a twin bed in addition to the queen. This way the child will be able to stay with the parents enabling them to take care of them during the night. We will also gain extra floor space in the kitchen and have an area that will be designated for a washer and dryer. With this addition we will be taking care of the problem of the outside walls of the lodge not being insulated which will eliminate the problem of our pipes freezing in the winter. Also, there are plans to add a wrap around deck that will enable us to let the children enjoy the outdoors while still remaining in their wheelchairs.
Since we are open 12 months out of the year we still have plans to make the garage a “kid friendly” play space, therefore we still have hopes of building a lean-to at the garage. Once this is completed we will have an area where the children can play no matter what the weather is like outside. The garage is heated and we now have a ping pong table, air hockey table, a helicopter ride and we hope to make an area where the parents can sit and read or work on the computer while there children play inside. We also are hoping to bring in a few arcade games and have an area designated where we can show family movies at night and serve popcorn and drinks. The possibilities are endless but we must raise the funds if we are to see these projects succeed.
With the help of Forbush Friends, the apartment for our volunteers has been completed and with the help of First Baptist Church in West Jefferson we now have a pole barn where our vehicles and mowers and tractor can be stored over the winter therefore eliminating future expenses due to these items being exposed to the elements. Thanks to Mark and Will Adkins, we have 2 new Kubota 5 seaters the children can ride in to explore our trails and grounds. I can go on and on with our dreams to make this place even more special than what it already is but we must take care of the needs at hand before we can press forward with those.
We desperately need your help. We are asking you to help us spread the word of our need to your friends, family, church and employers. We cannot do these projects without you. Won’t you please help us make this dream come true for these families and their children? Our estimated cost for this project is $60,000. We can begin construction as soon as we have the funds and would like to be finished by the first of the year. I have spent hours praying for God to reveal to me a way we can raise this money and here is what he has shown me. The first option is to find someone who will commit to donating the entire $60,000. Well, I do not know such of an individual but God does. Our second option, find 2 individuals who will commit to donate $30,000. each or 3 who can donate $20,000. You get the idea, well, just call me “oh ye of little faith”. I do however think we can find 60 individuals who would be willing to find enough people to send in $1,000.00 donation as a group and there you would have the $60,000 we need. This does not by any means leave out those of you who would like to help with whatever amount you are able to donate.
This will take nothing short of a miracle if this is to be accomplished but as you might imagine miracles happen every day here at Camp New Hope and since I serve a God of miracles, I am going to claim this as already being done. Please pray what God would have you do and please do not hesitate to call me if you have any questions. You may mail your donations to: Camp New Hope P.O. Box 154 Glendale Springs, NC 28629. Thank you for your time, support and most of all your prayers.
For the Children,
Randy/ Camp Director
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