Brandi Denton Gatewood stepped in the other day for Mrs. Mary Kitchens to address the Gulf Coast Fire Chiefs’ Luncheon. Mrs. Kitchens and a number of other people that were long-time volunteers for Camp Rainbow, a summer camp for pediatric cancer patients, addressed the need for the construction of a camping facility for chronically ill children in the State of Mississippi by establishing Mississippi’s Toughest Kids Foundation (MTK).
The Foundation is ready to build Camp Kamassa. Kamassa is a Choctaw word that means tough, to persevere under difficulties, and to not give up. Kamassa sums up the children that will benefit from this camp!
The Foundation has 326 acres of debt-free land in Copiah County. The military, through the Innovative Readiness Training program, has graciously agreed to donate the labor to build the camp. They’ll start clearing land, making roads, put in all utilities, and construct 8 cabins and an outdoor recreational building. They’ll leave in September and repeat this for two more years or until the camp is complete. This adds up to $6 million in labor! The Foundation has to provide the supplies.
MTK is working hard to raise funds to purchase the supplies necessary to build the camp. Several firemen in Central Mississippi came to MTK about fundraising for Mississippi’s Toughest Kids’ Camp Kamassa. These firemen came up with the idea of Tip the Hat which would be similar to Fill the Boot. So far there have been six Tip the Hat campaigns with three more scheduled for this month.