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Students at Minooka Bible Church's day camp raise money to build a house for a widow in Haiti

Widow in Haiti to have new home, thanks to campers’ fundraising efforts

Attendees at Minooka Bible Church's Spy Kidz day camp raised nearly $7,000 to build earth block homes in Haiti for widows. Here, four campers keep track of donations using Legos.
Attendees at Minooka Bible Church's Spy Kidz day camp raised nearly $7,000 to build earth block homes in Haiti for widows. Here, four campers keep track of donations using Legos.

MINOOKA – One widow in Haiti will have a solid brick home before the year is out, thanks to 600 globally conscious kids from the Minooka area.

These kids raised enough money to also partially pay for the construction of a second house for a second widow. The fundraiser was held as part of Spy Kidz day camp at Minooka Bible Church, which was held June 20 to 24.

In addition to offering a variety of fun activities, Julie McFadden, wife of the church’s pastor Arol McFadden, said the camp also involves the kids in service projects. Examples of projects in the camp’s 16-year history include making blankets for the Royal Family Kids Camp, which serves foster children, and creating birthday cards for foster children.

Because our church goes to Haiti every year, we thought, ‘Why not get the kids involved in helping in a global way?’ ” McFadden said.

Last year, campers raised money for children in Haiti. This year, campers were challenged to donate $3 each with a goal of raising $4,000, McFadden said. Almost $7,000 was raised. The project was run in conjunction with Don Shire Ministries.

“The kids would bring change in with them in the morning and drop it into buckets,” McFadden said.

A ministry team from Minooka Bible Church will be in Haiti building that house from Dec. 28 to Jan. 6, McFadden said. The building material is soil, which is pressed to form solid blocks, McFadden added. The kids tracked their fundraising progress by adding Lego bricks to a Lego house. As the week drew to an end, the kids were about $700 shy of their goal. That’s when the church reached out on Facebook for additional donations, McFadden said.

“People responded in a great way to help the kids,” McFadden said.

Spy Kidz day camp, McFadden said, involves the entire church on some level. This year, the camp itself attracted 600 kindergarten through fifth-grade students from the church as well as the Minooka community, McFadden added.

About 100 high school students from the church served as camp counselors, Another 100 junior high school students assisted with camp activities and did other service projects in the community, McFadden said. About 150 adults volunteered their time, too.

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It’s not too late to help out. Donations can be dropped off or mailed to Minooka Bible Church, 412 N. Wabena Ave., Minooka, IL, 60447. Be sure to include this memo on the check: “Spy Kidz Create a Haiti Home.”

To view a video showing the construction of an earth block home, visit http://shawurl.com/2qii

For more information on Don Shire Ministries, visit www.donshireministries.org.

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