I wish I had a better way with words when it comes to saying "Thank You" to certain people but I just canít seem to ever find the words to tell how I really feel. There are so many people who deserve special thanks for the things they do that I would need to write a book to cover them all. Invariably I would leave someone out and that is something I never want to do.

Iíve often said that itís not important how much you do but that you do what you can. Itís all relative. Some people are capable of spending large amounts of time or money to help kids and others just donít have the means to do anymore than take the time for a short prayer or to send a few dollars that they really canít afford. Each persons helping hand no matter how big or small helps us to help kids.

We never know which dollar it is that might find the cure to Cystic Fibrosis, Childhood Diabetes or Childhood Cancer. Each dollar we receive puts us one step closer to being able to grant a sick or disadvantaged child an Outdoor Wish and maybe make their life a little better. Each minute worked by one of the many volunteers helps to put a smile on a childís face. There is an old saying that rings so true when it comes to the people who help us to help kids. "Never is a person as tall as when they stoop to help a child".

I figure the best way to thank everyone who has worked so hard, in so many ways to help Benefit4Kids is to let you know what youíve accomplished with your hard work for this shoot.

No less than 7 well deserving kids received new bows this year at no cost to them or their parents at the shoot this year.

You helped to put hunting equipment into the hands of a whole bunch of well deserving kids and smiles on the faces of hundreds.

You affected the lives of literally hundreds of kids and their families this past weekend and helped to show the hunting and outdoor community in a bright light.

You made many a grown up shed tears, not of sadness but tears of joy and enlightenment.

Youíve enabled Benefit4Kids to once again support The Great Lakes Burn Camp, R.O.C.K. (Reaching Out to Cancer Kids) Camp, Camp Wilderness and Camp Copaconic (Michigan Diabetes Youth Camp).

On Sunday morning you allowed us to present a check for $500 to the newly formed Macomb County Shooting Sports 4H Club. It was formed by a group of kids that are working hard to involve more kids in the outdoors at a time when video games and MTV seem to be the norm for kids their age.

Youíve given us the opportunity to donate $500 to Hunting for a Cure to help in the fight against Cystic Fibrosis, a disease that affects over 30,000 kids each year and has no known cure. Maybe, just maybe that $500 will be instrumental in finding the cure to this terrible childhood disease.

Right now weíre working on sending 2 children on "Outdoor Wish" hunts that they otherwise may not be able to go on. One child has Cystic Fibrosis and another a congenital heart disease. Without your continued support we would not be able to help these kids enjoy the outdoors we all love so much.

There will be more "items" added to the list above and as the year progresses I would like all of you to remember that it was you that made these things possible. You are the reason we decided to attach the saying "Big Hearts Helping Kids" to Benefit4Kids for without all of your support we can do little.

From the bottom of our hearts and the depths of our souls, Thank You for helping us to help kids.

Benefit4Kids Board of Directors

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