2009-03-12 / Features

Hunters Helping Kids Holds Banquet

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Brady Meckley of Centre Hall was presented a rifle from the national chapter. Brady Meckley of Centre Hall was presented a rifle from the national chapter. Around 100 individuals attended the first banquet and live auction held by the Pennsylvania chapter of Hunters Helping Kids on February 21 at Buchanan Valley Fire Co. located in Adams County.

Hunters Helping Kids is an organization that reportedly helps kids stay out of trouble with gangs, alcohol and drugs through an array of outdoor activities such as hunting and fishing.

During the February event, the organization made presentations to Brady Meckley of Centre Hall and Frankie Matheis from Feiton, Pa.

Meckley, according to reports, suffers from cerebral palsy and pulmonary stenosis that has contributed to him spending most of his time in his wheelchair. His one and only wish was to get to go hunting with his father, which was granted when the commonwealth chapter of Hunters Helping Kids presented Meckley with a pass to participate in a boar hunt at Tioga Boar Ranch in Tioga County. Meckley was also presented with a Winchester Rifle from Dale Dotson and Dennis Campbell of the national chapter.

In addition, Matheis, who has a very serious heart problem, was awarded a turkey hunting trip in Virginia.

Locally, Hunters Helping Kids will be holding a youth day in late June at the Fulton County Pistol and Rifle Club. If anyone is interested in information on the program or would like to send a donation to the 501c3 organization, contact Bonnie Miller at 717-485-5529 or Crystal Alter at 717-677-9653. Information is also available by e-mail at bonnie@ huntershelpingkids.org or on their Web site at www.huntershelpingkids.org.

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