When those supplies were delivered last year, day camp participants toured the facility and were in awe of how the families lived.
"There was no air conditioning," said Jeremy Schmidt, child care coordinator for the Monett Area YMCA. "Residents there shared common bathrooms and had little privacy. The kids just didn't understand how they could live like that."
"The kids got behind the idea," Schmidt said. "They staffed everything."
Donations of food and money came in from local businesses, and plans were finalized for the event.
"We provided hot dogs, chips and Kool-Aid for residents of the Missouri Hotel," Schmidt said. "We set up sprinklers and inflatable toys, carnival games and face-painting for an afternoon of entertainment."
Approximately 75-100 residents of the shelter, children and adults, took advantage of the opportunity to have some fun on what Schmidt said was one of the hottest days of the year.
"It was 105 degrees," he said. "The heat index was like 112 degrees. Even adults were out running through the sprinklers and cooling off.
"The Challenger kids did a great job staffing the toys and games at the event," Schmidt continued. "We rewarded them with a pizza party."