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CWRV Steps Up to Help Support KOA Care Camps

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May 25, 2017 by   Leave a Comment

Rob Jackson of CWRV Transport presents the company’s first check for KOA Care Camps to Hope Perkins at the Elkhart County/Middlebury KOA

CWRV Transport made a significant donation this morning (May 25) to KOA Care Camps, while also committing long-term support to the charity, which sends children with cancer to specialized oncology camps.

Rob Jackson, president of Elkhart, Ind.-based CWRV, which exclusively delivers RVs from manufacturers to Camping World locations, handed over a check for $10,000 to Kampgrounds of America Inc. franchisee Hope Perkins, owner of the Elkhart County/Middlebury KOA Holiday.

“That’s huge when you think about how many kids you’re going to be able to send to camp,” said Perkins, a former chairperson of the Care Camps board and ongoing cheerleader for the high profile charity. “The cost for each kid to go to camp for a week ranges from $1,200 to $2,000.”

“We are absolutely thrilled to welcome CWRV Transport as a new donor partner for Care Camps,” added Wade Elliott, chairman of the Care Camps Trust board and president/owner of Washington State-based Utility Supply Group, a supplier of electrical pedestals to the campground business. “It’s important to have dedicated partners such as CWRV to ensure we are always able to offer the camps at no charge to these deserving families.”

Jackson said he first learned about Care Camps during a presentation by Elliott at the May 11 RV Industry Power Breakfast. “On the way back to the office, I was thinking, ‘we’re going to support this,’” Jackson said.

In addition to the up-front check handed over Thursday, CWRV Transport has committed to donating on a per-mile basis. “A year from now, I hope to get us to $100,000 or more,” Jackson said, adding that the company has 450 drivers ferrying units to more than 125 Camping World stores, with hopes to double the company’s driver base.

Jackson also worked with Elliott to create a dedicated website for CWRV to inspire donations to Care Camps by drivers and their families, friends, churches and communities. CWRV Transport’s new dedicated app features not only business information, but also an accounting of how much each driver’s miles have contributed to help send children to camp.

Jackson also hopes to use his position to inspire others in the RV industry to support the Care Camps cause. “It’s kind of a no-brainer. Why take a charity outside the industry? I really like the fact that it’s not just the child (who’s sent to summer camp) — it’s siblings, it’s a focus on the family,” he said. “Plus, it’s a good platform to get people who don’t normally camp to connect in a camping setting.” 

Added Perkins, whose business is located near an array of Northern Indiana’s RV builders; “What better charity to support than a charity that promotes camping?”

 To view a video on KOA Care Camps visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wsz_tmuAbSM.
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