b'Cold River Mining Unveils 5Giving Backfrom page 14 pated in annual Heart Walks to raise funds for the American Heart Association. Md.: This park raised money for several human- Even former private park operators continue New Mining Bags for 2023itarian efforts in 2022, including a duck raceto support charitable efforts across the country, whereguestspurchasedducksthatracedincluding George OLeary, who made sizable around the lazy river. The first duck around wondonations in 2022 to Sacred Heart Southern Gemstone mining manufacturer Colda future stay at the property. All money collected,Missions of Walls, Miss., which provides food River Mining has announced five newabout $2,000, was donated to a local family infor nearly 30,000 hungry people a year across andlimited-editiongemstoneminingneedthe Draheim family, whose four-year- five counties in northwest Mississippi. The bags for the 2023 season, according to aold child was diagnosed with brain cancer.funding OLeary provided will enable Sacred press release. Sun Outdoors Pigeon Forge in PigeonHeart Southern Missions to purchase two more Dubbed the Elemental Series, the fiveForge, Tenn.: This park raised $500 through awalk-in freezers, tripling its cold storage capac-premium bags are named after the elementschili cookoff and lemonade stand to benefit Isa- ity. The new freezers will not only enable Sacred of nature that they resemble best. Fire, Water,iah 117 House, a nonprofit organization thatHeart to store more food but healthy produce, Earth, Air and Space appear like all the gemssupports foster children.dairy products and frozen meats. OLeary said are straight out of each element. Sun Outdoors Sarasota in Sarasota,he also planned to provide funding for a new This is sure to be a hit with rock- Fla.: The Sun Unity Ambassador at this parkdriveway and parking lot for the organizations hounds, crystal fans and kids of all ages, states the release.established a partnership with the Humane So- food storage facility and other improvements. Bag Descriptions:ciety of Sarasota County to sponsor the adop- I grew up during the Great Depression,Fire contains a mix of red stones such as carnelian, rose quartz, yellow aventurinetion of companion animals for military veterans.OLearyrecalled,andwhilemyfamilyhad and fancy Jaspar.These animals reduce veterans stress and anx- enough to eat, my mother often shared storiesThe Water bag is all blue: sodalite, labradorite, amazonite and Iolite.iety levels, mitigate depression, ease socialfrom her grandfather about his family hauling grainEarth mixes deep greens with many shades of brown from tigers eye, unakite,reintegration and provide comfort while restor- to Waterford for export to England during the Irish moss agate, green aventurine and green jade.ing confidence in affected veterans. Suns sup- Famine, and how several of the men he saw sittingAir includes shades of white like you are holding a cloud in your hands. Selenite,port enables the Humane Society to waivealong the roadside on the way to Waterford were quartz, rainbow moonstone, agate and white onyx.adoption fees for about 100 veterans per yeardead when they came back on the same road aSpace lets you reach out and touch the stars, containing tourmaline, obsidian,in the Sarasota County service area.few days later. Dead from starvation. hematite, labradorite and black jasper.Campground industry vendors also support Each bag is $8.50 and comes with 10 per case ($85). The bags can be expected tovarious charitable causes across the country, sell at $20 MSRP each, notes the release.including Its All About Satellites, an Albu-To place orders, call 502-532-3030 or email ColdRiverMining@gmail.com WCM querque, N.M.-based contractor that special-izesinbroadbandInternet,Wi-FiandTV systems. The company made a significant do-nation in November to Silver Horizons, an Al-buquerque-based nonprofit organization that helps roughly 4,000 low-income senior citizens withbasicexpenses,includinggroceries, household bills and home repairs. Sun Outdoor parks give back in a variety of ways.Meanwhile, at the time of this writing, long-timecampgroundindustryconsultantJoeSun Outdoors St. Augustine in St. Au- Moore, who previously managed The Vine-gustine, Fla.: In early 2022, team membersyards Campground & Cabins in Grapevine, and guests donated 150 amenity kits, socks,Texas, was preparing to depart for an orphan-snacks and toiletries to the Homeless Coalitionage in Reynosa, Mexico, where he planned to of St. Johns County, a nonprofit organizationvolunteer his carpentry skills along with other that provides housing and services to familiesvolunteers from Texas and across the country.experiencing homelessness so they can stay Compass Churchs annual Mens Mexico intact, stabilize their lives, save for affordable,Construction Trip includes Bible study as well permanent housing and break the cycle ofas dinner with the children most nights. While the homelessness and poverty.January 2022 trip involved the construction of a Sun also launched a matching campaignplay structure, trips in recent years have involved last fall and raised more than $47,000 for theeverything from the construction of new dorms American Red Cross to support disaster relieffor the children to new classrooms for an onsite efforts to benefit those affected by Hurricaneschool that provides instruction for childrens Ian in southwest Florida. Employees at Sunshome residents as well as children from nearby corporate offices and parks have also partici- neighborhoods in Reynosa. The group has also built classrooms and made other improvements to another school a few miles away that serves the poor. The orphanage itself is run by Rio Bravo Ministries, an independent, nondenominational ministry based in Mission, Texas. I learned about this project through my church, said Moore, a National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (National ARVC) board member who also supports food pantry collection efforts in Mineola, Texas. WCMJoe Moore spent time in Mexico building a play structure in 2022. 44 February 2023Woodalls Campground Magazine'