United Way raffling off 'Happy Camper' | Proceeds go to community school intiative

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JEROME, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - United Way of South Central Idaho is giving away a 'Happy Camper,' a total value of $50,000.

Sonya Haines, the resource development director with the organization, said they received a donated RV camper from Southern Idaho RV and Marine.

The United Way and its partners aim to raffle off the camper — stocked fulled of donated camping amenities — to help raise funds for the Untied Way's Community Schools initiative.

Jaime Naranjo, marketing director with the RV company, said he's worked with Haines a few times before.

"When she came up to me initially about giving away a trailer, I was like 'Ah, I don't know man, that's a lot of...,'" he said laughing.

However they ended up donating a $32,000 camper to the organization, as owner Laine Harbaugh wanted to help out the community.

"He said it has to be a 21-footer, Toy Hauler with the 9-foot deck, so it is the most robust camper," Haines explained.

The camper comes with a kitchenette, queen bed, a few other bunk beds and many other features.

Haines said the organization is also partnering with a bunch of other sponsors, such at Elevation 486, Snake River Pool and Spa and more in giving away more additions to the camper.

"We've just got a lot of partners right now that are vested in filling the camper with everything you need to go camping," Haines said.

Raffle tickets for the camper are $50 a piece. Haines said all proceeds will stay local.

"All the money is going to impact our 11 counties and Jackpot, specitic to the community school strategy," Haines said. "The community school strategy is very focused around schools, very focused around food insecurities and very focused around obviously education."

She said the organization fights for children and family communities to thrive.

"It's a very big opportunity in our community to be able to impact that and families, and educated families on what's needed to have their kids graduate and be flourishing citizens of our area," she said.

Tickets will start selling at the Twin Falls County Fair. Haines said United Way will be located next to Big Fatty's and the Ice Man.

"If there's something tangible in the end and it just makes it more fun and our goal's always to have fun, impact and influence our community to achieve the goals that we need," Haines said. "It's a great opportunity for the community to give, but then also have an opportunity to get something back."

Naranjo said the $32,000 compared to helping out the community is "peanuts."

"As long as it's the kids or the community getting the benefit, I mean, we can donate all day," he said.

For more information, visit Southern Idaho RV and Marine's website.

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