Camp Hope “Hot Water Bottle” Winter Drive

hotwaterbottleAt our Camp Great Conversation this morning, Randy Harris shared a great idea he used to keep warm when he lived in a shack years ago in sub zero temps in Colorado .The residents also agreed this was a simple but worthwhile project to ask for help with. Out of the 40 odd residents we have in camp right know, over half of them are over the age of 50, so it seems kind of like a no brainer.

So we are asking all of our supporters to help out with getting hot water bottles (about 40 or more) as well as a way to heat water for so many people (a single burner propane stove and a couple extra large restaurant grade pots). And I was thinking of maybe using

Reflectix 25-ft x 24-in Reflective Insulation

to make pouches for the bottles so that they retain the heat longer.

Here’s a general list and links to what we need to get some heat for our residents at night:

Relief Pak Hot Water Bottle at WalMart

Single-Burner 60,000-BTU Outdoor Stove

Reflectix 25-ft x 24-in Reflective Insulation

Commercial Stock Pot

Another reason this is an urgent request is that we are no longer using an RV as an office and there is no longer electricity in camp. This means that the folks who stay up through the night to do camp security don’t have heat or a way to make hot water. We feel this project will benefit our residents immensely and really make a difference in their quality of life while they endure the cold weather.

Any one interested in pitching to help our homeless residents with this project can contact:


Matt Mercer

Camp Outreach Coordinator

Mesilla Valley Community of Hope

999 West Amador Ave.

Las Cruces NM 88005

Office: 575-523-2219

Fax: 575-523-8684

Cell: 575-571-2087


a commercial stock pot
a commercial stock pot
a commercial stock pot

One thought on “Camp Hope “Hot Water Bottle” Winter Drive

  1. Hello there! This is my first visit to your blog!
    We are a group of volunteers and starting a new initiative
    in a community in the same niche. Your blog provided us valuable information to work on. You have done a marvellous

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