Look at the breathtaking mansion this MLB star just donated to charity.

This year, a bighearted baseball player is doing his part to make the holidays merry and bright.

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MLB pitcher Cole Hamels and his wife Heidi donated their 32,000-square-foot(!) Missouri mansion to charity.

Photo courtesy of Camp Barnabas.


The Hamelses weren't able to put the home to good use after Cole was traded to the Texas Rangers in 2015, their lawyer told the Springfield News-Leader. It prompted them to gift it to a deserving cause.

The property, valued at $9.4 million, is quite a sight to see.

We're talking security check-in.

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A tower with scenic views.

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Lots and lots of parking.

Photo courtesy of Camp Barnabas.

And roughly 100 acres of surrounding land to enjoy.

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The lucky new owners of the Hamelses' old crib? The fine folks at nonprofit Camp Barnabas.

Photo courtesy of Camp Barnabas.

Camp Barnabas, a faith-based group that gives people with various types of disabilities and chronic illnesses an affirming summer camp experience, will use the property to expand its impact.

Seeing as the sprawling property also comes with a big playground and boat docks on adjacent Table Rock Lake, the estate is the perfect place for a fun summer camp experience.

"There are tons of amazing charities in southwest Missouri," the Hamelses explained in a statement. "Out of all of these, Barnabas really pulled on our heartstrings."

“Seeing the faces, hearing the laughter, reading the stories of the kids they serve; there is truly nothing like it. Barnabas makes dreams come true, and we felt called to help them in a big way.”

Photo courtesy of Camp Barnabas.

"This is so much more than a beautiful property," Krystal Simon, chief development officer, said of the Hamels couple's gift — the largest donation ever given to the nonprofit. “This incredible gift allows us to further our ministry and truly change thousands of lives for years to come.”

'Tis the season to give big, after all.

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In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

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When John Scully was born, America was in the midst of an epidemic: tens of thousands of children in the United States were falling ill with paralytic poliomyelitis — otherwise known as polio, a disease that attacks the central nervous system and often leaves its victims partially or fully paralyzed.

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"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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The Big Lie is the right-wing conspiracy theory that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump and that the insurrection on January 6 wasn't incited by GOP lawmakers.

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From ushering new life into the world to holding the hand of a patient as they take their last breath, nurses are everyday heroes that deserve our respect and appreciation.

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