Giving back through the outdoors – Daily Leader
Giving back through the outdoors
Posted at 5:36 p.m. on Tuesday, October 11, 2022
NATCHEZ — People can still give back to communities through weather, harvesting and outdoor mentoring. Local charities Hunters for the Hungry, Miss-Lou Dream Hunt and Catch-A-Dream Foundation help people by giving back through the great outdoors.
Hunters for the Hungry began in 1994 by two Natchezians and other hunters who planned to share their harvest of game and fish with others. The non-profit charity donates food to those in need each year through donations made to local food banks.
Although Clean Out Your Freezer Day was held in September, people can still donate their game and fish throughout the year by contacting their local food bank or Julie Grunewald to schedule a time. Grunewald can be reached at 225-937-7422 or by email at julie&h4hla.org.
Athletes can donate to the cause in Louisiana when purchasing a license by checking “Yes” to donate to the charity. They can also donate any deer to a participating local processor at no cost to the hunter. While Hunters for the Hungry donates the majority of processed deer meat, hunters have the option of saving the backstrap meat.
Don’t forget to properly seal your meat, label the contents of donations – the more specific the better – and date your package. Most food banks generally do not take meat older than one year.
The Miss-Lou Chapter of the Dream Hunt Foundation held its first hunt last year and sent 12 children home with their first deer, meat for their family and memories that will last a lifetime. The foundation was started in Shreveport in 2013 and Johnathan Willard brought it to Concordia Parish in 2020.
Each year, the foundation takes underprivileged children, aged 8 to 18, on a dream hunt. It is a non-profit organization based in Louisiana. Volunteers are needed both to take the children on the hunt this year and to allow the children access to the land to hunt. People can also make a monetary donation online at dreamhunt.tv.
Catch-A-Dream Foundation is in the same vein of charitable work. The organization gives American and Canadian children ages 8 to 18 who are facing a life-threatening illness a chance to experience the outdoors and receive encouragement when they need it most.
Brookhaven native Bruce Brady Sr. came up with the idea for the foundation before he died in the early 2000s. People can make monetary donations online through a variety of avenues, one way to raise money for Catch -A-Dream is to have a memorial page for a loved one.
Kickin’ Bass for Cystic Fibrosis is held annually on Lake St. John by Chris McVay. Her nephew Asher Farmer was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis five years ago. Although the farmers are not residents of Miss-Lou, they often spend their vacations at Lac Saint-Jean. The annual fishing tournament held in May raises funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Finally, people can give back simply by volunteering their time, offering mentorship and having access to hunting opportunities. One of the simplest charitable works anyone can do is to take a child or new outdoor enthusiast hunting or fishing and teach them how to hunt or fish.