As I type this post, my mind is clouded by all of the tragedy taking place in our society. Some of this is the natural process of the world doing what it does, yet still, some is the small fraction of evildoers in this world, trying to convince us that people are inherently evil.
I refuse to believe that and you should as well.
Evil is not born, its learned. Taught to children of young ages who have yet to realize the difference between good and bad. This, my friends, is how we fight evil in our world, through the innocent at heart.
Foster children posses the softest of spots in my heart. I had the good fortune of having a stable and loving childhood, complete with two loving parents and friends to support me. Some children, through no fault of their own, do not get to have that experience and THAT, my friends, is the greatest tragedy of all.
Not all is lost, however! Organizations like Eckerd Raising Hope are there to pick up the pieces that sub par parents and difficult situations have left behind. They ensure children from infancy to teenage years have clothes, school supplies, shoes and other items that help instill some normalcy back in the children’s lives while in the transitional phase.
Flash back to the summer of 2016. I was looking for a new organization to associate with the Tampa Bay Strongman Classic. I decided I wanted to work with an organization that supports local children, but I had no idea where to start. A happenstance meeting with Mrs. Kelly Bostick, the director of the Raising Hope chapter of Eckerd Kids, led me to a tour of their facility. At the time, my youngest daughter had just turned 3. While touring the facility, a toddler, no older than my daughter came through to receive some clothes, as she had just been displaced from her unfit home. Being a tough, combat veteran, It took everything I had to keep the tears from rolling when I saw the blank stare on that little girls face. She wasn’t afraid, she wasn’t excited.
She had seen far too much in her short time on this planet.
After losing it in the parking lot, I decided right there that I was going to work with this organization and I couldn’t be more proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish so far. This year, I want to make it even better and I need your help!!
Please bring (brand new) Shoes, socks, underwear and (gentle used or new) children’s clothing to the event this year in lei of any entry fee to watch the show. The good people of Quaker Steak and Lube, Clearwater allow us to put this event on for free each year, and we only ask that you bring a donation to help clothe the foster children of the bay area. We will also have custom “Hero Medals” for those who wish to donate cash to the program. You can be a walk a way a winner even if you’re not competing!
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