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Meet Campbell Faulkner of Campbell’s Crew Cares in Queen Creek

Today we’d like to introduce you to Campbell Faulkner.

Campbell, before we jump into specific questions about the organization, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Campbell’s Crew Cares was founded in October of 2017 after Campbell’s Make a Wish. Campbell was 11 years old. His wish was to go to Wrigley Field in Chicago to go see his best friend Kyle play baseball. On the flight home, he asked to create a charity, so he could help people in need because so many kinds and wonderful people had helped him. On October 3rd, his wish became a reality as we became our very own 501c3 charity and later that year, we were certified as a Qualified Charitable Organization in Arizona. Campbell was named the Chief Inspirational Officer of Campbell’s Crew Cares.

In December of 2017, we partnered with Clothe a Child Project to take 150 in need children shopping for new clothes. It was an incredible event. In the following months, we planned and hosted our first fundraising event. It was called Bourbon 101 and we raised around $10,000. In October, Campbell’s Crew Cares partnered with Noah’s Kindness Project to donate a very special piece of medical equipment to Banner Desert Hospital. The device is called a CuddleCot, it is used to give families more time to say goodbye to their precious angel babies. The CuddleCot was donated in memory of Noah James Haskovec.

In December of 2018, with the help of Clothe a Child, we took another 150 in need children shopping for clothes, shoes and even a toy. In February of 2019, we hosted our second fundraising event called Beer U: A Liquid Education. We Raised approximately $26,000 that night. In August of 2019, we donated 870 backpacks to an entire in need school. We donated our second CuddleCot to the Ryan House in September 2019. In December of 2019, we hosted two of our very own Campbell’s Clothing for Kids events that provided clothing to 154 children in need.

We are currently working on an underwear drive, ‘Drop your Drawers’, to donate to St. Vincent’s DePaul in April of 2020. Additional activities include Campbell’s Crew Cares partnering with numerous charitable organizations to pass out over 3900 food bags to people on the streets since we started the charity. We have raised funds for 35,000 cans of food for St. Vincent’s DePaul And this Christmas, we will once again be doing our second annual Campbells Clothing for Kids event. This of course could not have been done without the help of our generous donors and our incredible volunteers who were at Walmart by 6 am on a Saturday. We are all so excited for 2020. We have some big, big plans.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
We would have to say it has been an amazing journey due to the incredible donors and volunteers that have helped make everything possible. We are humbled by the fact that we can ask for 150 volunteers on a Saturday morning at 6 am in December to help take children shopping and that we have the ability to write a check for over $17,000 to pay for everything and it has happened every December since we started this project. While every project has challenges, I think we all feel inspired by the way it has always come together to help provide hope to someone in need. The gracious recipients and the serving hearts of our volunteers bring incredible joy to our organization and inspire us to continue to find new ways to help others.

Please tell us about Campbell’s Crew Cares.
Campbell’s Crew Cares is a 501c3 non-profit and Qualified Charitable Organization in Arizona dedicated to providing hope to those in need. We focus our efforts primarily on children in need but look for other opportunities to serve families and individuals in need. We are known for the caring heart of our founder and Chief Inspiration Officer Campbell. He inspires all of us in the mission of Campbell’s Crew Cares. We couldn’t be more proud of our volunteers and donors that enable us to accomplish our mission of providing hope to those in need. Campbell’s older 16-year-old sister Sage has become the Chief Creative Officer for Campbell’s Crew Cares for her efforts in creating the website, www.CampbellsCrew.com, our logo, and her ability to run our silent auction. I think the young perspective of Campbell and Sage really makes a huge impact on how we implement our mission.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
One of Campbell’s favorite memories if when he was surprised with a special visit to the Colten Cowell Foundation’s crime-fighting cave complete with a ride in the Batmobile. The special friends and volunteers at the cave that night made for an unforgettable experience.

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