Sunday, July 18, 2021

The Happy Trails Children's Foundation

The Happy Trails Children's Foundation is located in Apple Valley, California. Below are a couple of fliers from this year's charity raffle. Sadly, I was unable to repost their raffle posters hear with the clarity that they deserve. So please, to see these in detail and maybe enter the raffle, go to:

  


The description below comes from The Happy Trails Children's Foundation website:

The Happy Trails Children's Foundation is pleased to carry on the work with abused children who were so important to Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. Child abuse is a very serious problem that is growing in epidemic proportions. It is heartbreaking to hear the case histories of children who have been the victims of severe mental and physical abuse, beatings, sexual abuse, kidnappings, neglect, abandonment, and death.

An astounding number of almost one in ten children nationwide is a victim of severe child abuse in one form or another. The number of major cases appears to be increasing at an alarming rate. There is an urgent need for the services provided by the Cooper Home, a project of the Happy Trails Children's Foundation. The foundation in partnership with Trinity Youth Services operates two cottages with a total of 44 beds for boys between the ages of 10 and 16. 

These boys are victims of child abuse who have been removed from their homes throughout Southern California by child protective services and sent to us by the courts for residential care and treatment services. The boys are here on average about 12 to 18 months, going through an intensive program of group and individual therapy. They have a prescribed program with goals that must be met along the way. An important part of their treatment involves a healthy dose of outdoor activities and athletics. 

Upon graduation from the program, their caseworker in consultation with staff determines the best placement for them. Some are able to return to their homes. Others go to a foster home or live with grandparents, aunts, uncles, an older brother or sister, or another group home for older boys till they are 18. 

We know our program is working to help these youth because they are not showing back up in the system. We are proud of these boys and the progress they have made. We are proud of our beautiful facility and our dedicated staff. The foundation has made great strides in recent years but much remains to be done. 

We receive public support from Roy Rogers and Dale Evans fans all across the country and around the world. We are also supported by generous contributions from Single Action Shooting Society members and other shooters, collectors, organized shooting sports, and the firearms industry. A major portion of our revenue comes from opportunity drawings, live and silent auctions. 

We also publish an annual newsletter that is sent to our donors and we hold special events that raise funds for the foundation throughout the year – such as The Breakfast Club, the FRIENDS OF HAPPY TRAILS BANQUET, and Curly’s Cowboy Christmas dinner and show among others! 

The Happy Trails Children's Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt charitable organization under the Internal Revenue Code, Section 501 (c)(3), run by a volunteer Board of Directors and a paid and volunteer staff. All donations are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

WE NEED YOUR HELP! PRIVACY POLICY 

The Happy Trails Children’s Foundation has a very simple privacy policy. We do not sell, rent, or loan our mailing list to any organization, individual, or company for any reason whatsoever. No one has access to our list other than our office staff. You get on our list by making a donation, buying a ticket to one of our fundraising events, buying an opportunity ticket, or item at one of our auctions, or specifically requesting to be added to our mailing list. If you do not wish to be on our mailing list, you may send us an email, call or write us and request that your name be removed from our list. If you have any questions about our privacy policy, please contact us. 

As most of you know, I support a few non-profits that I believe do a great job. I support the 4H, the FFA, the Working Ranch Cowboys Association, the Ranchers Gathering Crisis Fund, including St. Joseph's Indian School, the Northern Plains Reservation Aid program, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the Evacuation Teams of Amador, as well as Judicial Watch, and a few others. 

While some of those are non-profits that people don't usually hear about, they too need our support. Frankly, I'm proud to support The Happy Trails Children's Foundation in whatever way that I can. This year, I'm trying to get you my readers to take notice of this organization and hopefully participate in their raffle. I know I will.  

As a part of full disclosure, while I'm not a member of their board, I am a member of The John Coffee Hays Club which has a fundraiser dinner each year for this group. I learned about The Happy Trails Children's Foundation and its worthy mission a little over a year ago when I was asked to speak at the 2020 John Coffee Hays Club fundraiser dinner. 

I really hope you take a minute to check out The Happy Trails Children's Foundation and join in on their raffle. As for other non-profits that I support, you can find links to those special non-profit programs at the bottom of my blog. Please take the time to check them out.

Thank you, and God Bless you for caring! 
Tom Correa

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