Bass Fishing Team Collects Toys for Forgotten Child Fund
HIXSON, Tenn. (WDEF)- The beginning of the Christmas season means it’s time for a lot of giving.A group of students from Sale Creek High School showed their Christmas spirit in a big way at Chester Frost Park on Sunday afternoon.
The national champion Sale Creek High School Bass Fishing Team came together to give a lot of children in our area an amazing Christmas morning in a couple of weeks. They did this by filling up a boat full of toys… and they didn’t have much time to do it! Their coach, Greg Henry, said that it they collected nearly five large boxes of toys in just nine days.
They teamed up with the Forgotten Child Fund and Chattanooga Crappie Club to spread Christmas Cheer. This was the 18th straight year the Crappie Club has teamed up with the Forgotten Child Fund, an organization that helps out a lot of families in our community. Kelly Simmons, the founder of the Forgotten Child Fund, said that, “Last year, we were able to help out over 15,000 kids with Christmas, and gave out over 3,000 toboggans and coats and scarves away.”
For Coach Henry, the pride he has in his team is immeasurable. He praised them by saying, “This is what fishing is all about is comradery. You didn’t see behind the scenes down there, they’ve been wrestling in the grass. They’re real good close friends and that’s what I like to see. That’s what it’s all about as a bass fishing team. This is my brother and I’s 5th year doing this and it’s very, very fulfilling because I never had any kids and these kids are my kids.”
With the Christmas season just beginning, there is a lot of time to get involved with the Forgotten Child Fund. Simmons says that, “We’re at 1715 East Main Street. We’re there Monday through Friday from 10 to 2. If somebody knows a family in need, send them down there to fill out an application and it’s all about making sure no kid is forgotten about at Christmas.”
For more information on the Forgotten Child Fund, visit their website at http://www.forgottenchildfund.org/.