But this Camden Point, Missouri, family also intended on sharing their good fortune with their hometown in one special way. In addition to quietly contributing to many different charities, the Hills planned to give back in a gesture that would benefit everyone in their area. A way that would save lives.
Due to budget restraints, many small towns across the country lack emergency services. The very residents who live there are the ones who must step up and respond to a call for help, whether it's to fight a fire, respond to a vehicular accident or save someone's life. These volunteer first responders dedicate themselves to helping others. These very same people in northern Platte County helped Mark's family at one time...
Mark's dad was revived twice in two different situations by volunteer first responders. While thank you didn't seem adequate enough for what they'd done at the time, Mark knew he could now show them just how grateful he and his family truly were.
Mark's family brainstormed ways to anonymously contribute to the Camden Point Fire Department, but their vision to create a state-of-the-art emergency services facility just couldn't be kept under wraps. In their small town, there are no secrets. The truth eventually got out.
The townspeople were shocked at Mark's family's idea and generosity. The new facility has radiant heat, is built entirely of concrete except for the windows and doors, has a spacious training room and even more room to grow. The building Mark and his family funded is energy efficient and has an overnight living area, so rescue workers can sleep there in order to offer 24-hour coverage to the community.
Mark has shied away from interviews, but here he proudly talks about the new complex.
While Mark and his family enjoyed a portion of their lottery winnings, they were sure to share it with others by giving two children a forever family through adoption and making donations both big and small. How incredible is it that the donation establishing an emergency responder complex will help save lives for generations to come?