Two Sacred Heart School students planned a benefit earlier this year and worked to give back to children in the community who have faced obstacles many people may never comprehend.
Nicholas Cashman and Daniel Scotten decided to create a benefit turkey hunt in April and then give the money raised to Child Safe of West Central Missouri Inc. On Wednesday the young men presented a $300 check to Child Safe Director Kim Allen at the facility located in Sedalia.
Child Safe is an advocate for children ages 3 to 18 who are alleged victims of sexual or physical abuse. They also provide help for the children’s “non-offending” family.
Allen said the donation means much to Child Safe.
“What it really means to me, No. 1, is it’s so gratifying to see kids wanting to help other kids,” she added. “I think that’s really special, I also think that they understand that there’s some children, and kids their own age, that have to deal with things that we wish no one had to deal with.”
Cashman said many students in his high school class are avid hunters.
“At our school they really push things to do to help out the community,” he added. “We figured, how can we incorporate something we really like with helping the community?”
Cashman noted that his father, Robert Cashman, is the Child Safe board president, so that helped him with his donation decision.
Scotten said they began thinking about how to host the benefit in late February or early March. They drew up entry forms for a turkey hunt contest and set a date for April 23.
They were hoping for 50 teams of three hunters each. That goal wasn’t realized, but they did receive a nice number of 15 teams who participated. Hunters could use a gun or bow and the cost to register was $20 per person or $50 per team. The hunt was hosted at the Scotten family property near Green Ridge.
Scotten killed the biggest bird, with it weighing in at 25.75 pounds.
“His dad (Randal Scotten) did all the cooking,” Cashman said. “He actually donated a bunch of his own fish and deer that he’d killed. He cooked a ginormous meal for us.”
Randal Scotten also breasted both his son’s and Cashman’s turkeys and fried them up for the hunters at the event.
Allen said all the little donations put together “make a difference.” She stated that the money this year might be used for specialty equipment in Child Safe’s new therapy department.
“It really just means that we have a caring community and we are able to see that grow with our kids caring. That’s the main thing, but it will make a difference. We will do something with it and I will tell you that is,” Allen told the young men.
“One of the things we’re looking for, in fact I think this is what we will use it for, if you guys like this idea,” she added. “We need a doll’s house with some appropriate dolls and toys, in order for the children to do their play therapy. We’ve been trying to figure out who we could get to fund that. It’s really is a cool thing you are doing, it truly affects kids your age.”
Both young men plan to host the event again next year and possibly expand the idea.
“I was talking with my dad and Randy, his father, about next year renting out a small-scale building at the fair (grounds) and making a huge dinner,” Cashman said. “That way it would be more of central location and a bigger area for us to do it.”
Cashman said they have also thought about getting a group of “buddies” together and having a bass tournament at Scotten’s property.
“It would be something small scale like this,” he noted.
Those interested in the 2017 hunting or fishing contest benefit event may call Cashman at 619-1581 to sign up. All event proceeds will go toward Child Safe of Central Missouri, Inc.
Faith Bemiss can be reached at 530-0289 or @flbemiss.