benefit aims to help Gold Star children’s camp | Education
A newly named nonprofit will host a fundraiser later this month to benefit a children’s camp providing opportunities for Gold Star children.
Southern Red’s BBW & Catering will be hosting a fundraiser for Walking Humble Outdoor Adventures, a four-day camp that teaches children to hunt, said Micah Seavers, president of the association. Breakfast will be served from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. CDT on Saturday and all proceeds will go to Walking Humblely.
Gold Star children are those whose parent was killed in war while serving the country. This is the second year that they have hosted this particular event for them, Seavers said it was “quite emotional” to see the kids.
“They’ve had a lot of things in their life, and to be honest with you it’s just a little thing that we’re trying to give back, you know, as a thank you to the parents who have given so much, and in some way. kind of just a memory builder for these kids, ”he said.
The camp is scheduled for October 6-10. Although OMSA has operated for years to benefit children, especially those in military families, this will be year two.
The six-day camp is more than just a hunting lesson, Seavers said. On Saturdays and Sundays, each child will be paired with a “mentor” who will accompany them on the hunt and then teach them how to clean the deer.
Children also make new friendships and new relationships. Seavers recalled two separate families who have been particularly affected in the past.
A mother whose son had never slaughtered a deer before had made friends and even went hunting on her own. The mother had said the experience had done more for her son than any psychiatrist before, Seavers said.
Coming from another family, the camp made it possible to establish a link between a man and his stepson, whose biological father had died abroad.
“There is a lot going on at the camp. It’s more than hunting, you know, ”Seavers said. “It’s a lot for these kids to have people, to have new friends and things, and to make connections. It is a very good thing.
Participants will receive a CVA .243 caliber rifle free of charge. The kids will go through a “safety day” to make sure they understand the weapon and what is expected of them, said Christina Dixon, the official fundraising and donation liaison. Adult mentors will also help them hunt and handle.
If a Gold Star child wishes to participate, their parent or guardian should send an email to [email protected] A registration form will be returned to them for completion. Once it has been submitted, all they have to do is attend. Walk humbly pays for their fuel, their accommodation and their food.
“We’ve set everything in place so that they have nothing to do but come and have fun,” Seavers said.
As they try to have 20 children for the event, he hopes future growth will help them support even more. Although, if asked if he can handle more, he would “get it”.
About 85% of WHO donations come from outside Kentucky. However, now that the group has achieved nonprofit status, more funding opportunities are opening up to them.
Dixon said the official designation by the IRS allows them to apply for grants and allows companies to take donations out of their taxes.