WMFC 2019 Run, Walk, and Wheel 5K

The WMFC annual 5K fundraiser will be held on Saturday, May 4 at Big Creek State Park near Polk City. The race begins at 9 AM near Shelter House #3 and is open to runners, walkers, and people who use mobility devices like wheelchairs and walkers.

Click here to register online or register in person on the day of the race. The registration fee ($25 for runners and walkers, $15 for participants with special needs) includes a t-shirt and the pancake feed after the race.

The 5K planning committee is looking for volunteers to help with set up, the pancake feed, and tear down. If you would like to volunteer for part or all of the morning, click this link for more information. If you’re busy on May 4, you can still help publicize the 5K by sharing this link with your friends and on social media.

Race proceeds will go into the fund that pays for 40 special needs families to attend the Wonderfully Made Family Camp (WMFC) at Hidden Acres Christian Center May 30–June 2, 2019.

WMFC Pre-Owned Treasures Sale Is April 13, 2019

Attention all bargain shoppers! You won’t want to miss the Pre-Owned Treasures Sale on April 13 at the Johnston Lions Club (6501 Merle Hay Road in Johnston). The doors open at 9:00 AM and close at 2:00 PM.

The sale will raise funds for the 2019 Wonderfully Made Family Camp. The camp, held at Hidden Acres Christian Center north of Ogden, serves 40 Iowa special needs families, many of them from the metro area. You can participate in this worthy cause in several ways.

First, you can drop off donations at our trailer in the First Assembly of God parking lot (2725 Merle Hay Road in Des Moines) April 9, 10, and 11 between 4 and 7 pm. Or drop them off the day before the sale at the Johnston Lions Club (6501 Merle Hay Road in Johnston) between 9 AM and 5 PM.

Second, use this online form to volunteer in a variety of ways. Volunteers are needed to supervise donation collection April 9–11, to prepare for the sale on April 12, and to help with the sale on April 13. Check out the online form for more information.

Third, shop at the sale between 9 and 2 on April 13. Lunch will be served, as well as snacks, so bring the whole family and make a day of it!

Fourth, if your schedule doesn’t allow you to participate directly, direct donations can be made online. All donations made through this link are deposited into the Wonderfully Made Family Camp fund rather than into the Hidden Acres general fund.


A Special Thank You to Some of Our Sponsors

The Wonderfully Made Family Camp could not happen without all the wonderful donors who gave financially and in-kind. If you would like to send them a personal note, that would be awesome!

The following gave financially:

We are still needing funds to cover this year’s event. If you know of anyone who would like to help you can donate through Hidden Acres

Important Information

Important Information

What To Bring

  • Casual, modest clothes: shirts, shorts, sweatshirts, jeans, and comfortable shoes. If the forecast includes rain, bring boots and an umbrella. You will receive a camp t-shirt to wear on Saturday.
  • Jacket or sweatshirt for evenings
  • Swimsuit and towel–Girls and women should bring one-piece suits or tankinis that cover the midsection completely. No two piece suits or bikinis are allowed. Hidden Acres has an indoor pool, so there will be swimming whatever the weather.
  • Towels, pillows, and bedding for each family member. Sleeping bags are a good option! 

     If your room has a queen bed, that bedding is provided (Inn)

  • Toiletry bag or caddy to carry to and from bathrooms (Welcome Center, Bunkhouse)
  • Hairdryer
  • Flashlight
  • Any medical equipment, wheelchairs/strollers, shower chairs, or special supplies needed to care for your family members. Hidden Acres does not have any of these items. 
  • Cell phone (if you have one-limited reception)
  • Medications needed (Each family member will need to fill out a medication form for camp)
  • Hat, visor, and/or sunglasses
  • Bug spray and sunscreen
  • Spending money for snack shop or gift shop

What Not To Bring

  • Yoga pants or leggings
  • Short shorts
  • Shirts with inappropriate messages
  • Expensive electronic equipment (We are not responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged items)
  • Perfume or highly-scented toiletry items since many of the kids are allergic to fragrances
  • Weapons
  • Alcohol or illegal drugs

WMFC Camp Policies

  • No smoking is allowed in any camp buildings or on the campgrounds
  • Lake is not available, except for the “Youth” Outing Saturday night
  • Please pack up and be out of your room on Sunday, by 9a.m. brunch