February 1, 2013
Camp New Hope - usually a warm sanctuary for children - has reported major flooding and is in dire need of help from volunteers.
“As of right now, Camp New Hope is totally cut off; the river has risen so high, it has spilled over into their entry road,” said Vicky Randolph, a volunteer at Camp New Hope. “I’m sure the water will be coming down and there will then be access to fix the road by this weekend.”
According to Randolph, Camp New Hope is looking to recruit help from the community to restore the camp. Randolph said the entrance road has been filled with boulders, rocks, trees and debris. Also, all of the gravel washed away during the storm.
The camp’s few resident volunteers can’t do this job alone, according to Randolph.
Randy Brown, the director of Camp New Hope, said all volunteers will be welcomed to help, especially volunteers that have four wheel drive, ATV, or chainsaws.
“We are under water here at Camp New Hope. If you know of anyone with a tractor and could help with the roads and debris, please call Randy at 336-982-3798 or 336-982-8099,” said Brown in a press release. “We could also use some strong backs and willing able bodies to help move the trash that the flood has washed up onto the grounds.”
According to Brown, Camp New Hope’s buildings have not been damaged. The major problem Camp New Hope faces is the high water levels at the camp’s entrance and a steady stream of debris that has been deposited in the camp.
“We lost the furniture that was down by the river, so please pray about replacing those things also. God is good - the lodge and the house and Mckinley’s Playhouse are still standing and have no damage,” said Brown in the release.
Brown also said several trees have collapsed along the camp’s trails.
With children scheduled to arrive at Camp New Hope in March, Brown said she hoped the camp could be restored in time for their arrival.
Camp New Hope
Camp New Hope is a non profit tax deductible organization. Camp New Hope offers families of children with life threatening medical conditions a week at the camp in the NC Mountains.
That every child who enters the gate of Camp New Hope will experience a life changing moment. That he or she will find a new appreciation for nature and the peace and solitude that is found within it. That they will have a renewed hope for the future, knowing miracles happen everyday. That when they leave they will be revived spiritually, mentally, and physically. Most importantly, that they will realize just how special they are, because we will never be the same having been touched by their lives.
If you would like to become a part of the Camp New Hope family, you may do so by making a donation and mailing your contribution to the address below. If you have any question concerning your donation, please do not hesitate to call the camp director (Randy Brown) @ 704-796-6641. Together, we can change a child’s life and together we can help make them smile.