At the Camper Connection, we believe strongly in giving back, whether at the personal level, community level, or worldwide. In order to make a difference where we believe it’s needed most, Garr’s wife, Tina and their daughter Emma chose to support the 25 Project.
They also had the good fortune to visit the 25 Project team at their home base in McKinney, Texas, where they serve orphaned children in the United States, and around the world.
The 25 Project takes its name from The Bible, and specifically Matthew 25, when Jesus says –
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me… Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”
The 25 Project chooses to focus on the “least of these” in the form of orphans around the world. Although their home is in Texas, the 25 Project cares for orphaned children in the Dominican Republic, South East Asia, Sierra Leone, and South Africa of course, right home in their own back yard.
The 25 Project provides holistic care and ministry focused on the spiritual, physical, economic, and educational needs of the children they serve. They also provide food and warm clothing to people who find themselves in a crisis.
To reach those in need, the organization leads ministry teams to countries in need. They also work with other organizations and an army of volunteers who give their time and focus to the mission and vision of the 25 Project. Of course, generous donations are also greatly appreciated.
With so many charities and funds in the spotlight for misuse of funds, it’s refreshing to see that 100 percent of the donations given to help the children is entirely used for that purpose alone. Any additional overhead is raised separately.
During Tina and Emma Russell’s visit, they met the kids in McKinney, shared the message of Jesus through some bible stories, ate meals with them, swam, danced, played and just plain loved on them. Their visit made a lasting impression, creating the desire to support them through monthly donations, and also plan to make yearly visits to McKinney from now on.
The Russell’s have become 25 Project sponsors, allowing them to directly support four children in the Dominican Republic, where kids like Isaias Oguisten need help to keep food on the table. They also sponsor Zacarias Santo Sillien, whose father abandoned the boy and his two siblings years ago. With your help, Zacarias hopes to grow up to become a lawyer.
Two other kids currently receive assistance from the Russell family. Juan Carlos Francisco wants to be a firefighter. At this time, his mother sells charcoal to provide for the family. Francheska Azilien wishes to be a ballerina.
With a small donation, or big if you like, you can help orphaned and “vulnerable” kids through the 25 Project as well. Your support will directly help kids like these through direct action and support by keeping food on their tables and warm clothes on their backs. Ministry teams also help keep the
For more information about the 25 Project, including its mission and vision, please visit their website and consider providing your own level of support. You just might decide to join the Russell’s and sponsor one or more of the nearly 400 children in need who find themselves within the project’s warm embrace.
Thank you, from the Russell Family and, of course, The Camper Connection