CAST for Kids provides opportunities for special needs children and parents to take a break from their everyday routines. Many of these kids would never get an opportunity to go in a boat and fish.
CAST for Kids is special organization that creates life long memories for those involved. Keep up the great work !
CAST for Kids is a "heart touching" charity. I have had the pleasure of volunteering with friends and family at 3 events. The events were so organized and so generous. I will never forget the smiles and the joy of watching the kids pose with their fish and trophies. These kids are precious. We need more charities like CAST for kids.
Thank you CAST!!
I have been to several CAST for Kids events over the years, and they are a wonderful experience for everyone involved. The kids obviously love it as they are the center of everyone's attention for the day. Their parents are deeply touched by all the generosity that is poured out on their children by all the volunteers. And of course, my volunteer friends and I always feel plenty of gratification at the end of the day for getting to share the joy of fishing with those less fortunate.
CAST for kids is one of the greatest organizations I have had the pleasure of being involved in. Since 2004 I have volunteered with my family at lake Calaveras in Texas. CAST changes lives and gives children and their families a day to completely forget what's going on back at home. Over the years I have seen children start the day scared of fishing but by the end, completely loving it and having a blast! Parents and friends of these children walking up to the volunteers with tears in their eyes thankinf them for showing their children a wonderful time. I am honored to be apart of such a great organization.
I have been a part of The C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation for roughly 12 years. C.A.S.T. aims to help children with disabilities be able to go out on the lake for a day and go fishing. My father, Jim Behnken, started as just a volunteer when I was a young child and eventually started organizing an event each year himself. I have been completely honored and humbled by the ability to be a small part of such a wonderful organization. I have watched the faces of young and old change from stressed and overwhelmed to completely blissful. I cannot fully describe the look on not only the child's face, but the parents, the helpers and the volunteers as they watch a child who, in some cases, can barely function be able to catch a fish. There are no words that can honestly match that experience. It seems such a small thing, just to go out and help some kids catch some fish, but what you don't realize is how far that small act can affect a child and his/her family. For example, one of my favorite moments was watching a young boy bound to his wheelchair catch his very first fish, ever! I think I could see every single one of his teeth and his whole body rocked with pure excitement. His mom had tears in her eyes and all the challenges that accompany raising a young boy in a wheelchair dissipated. That one day on the lake changes lives. It changes the lives of the children, the volunteers, and the parents of those children. That one day reminds us all how precious life is even on our most difficult days. I've watched my dad over the years find his true passion in this organization and put his every effort into helping these children. I am proud to be a volunteer for this foundation and I am elated to be able to let others know how much C.A.S.T. has changed my life too. On my very worst days I can think of the smiles that I, in a small way, helped put on that family's face out on the lake that day.
I have volunteered for C.A.S.T. for Kids and am a donor. To see the excitement in the children's faces is worth the time and money I have spent! The kids love it! I get as much out of it as they do. I take the photos of each child and their boat captain and both are always grinning ear to ear! This is truly a nonprofit worth supporting. My husband and daughter volunteer at the event so it is a great way to support this charity "as a family"!
While there are many great organizations to volunteer for, our time to do so is very limited. Thirteen years ago Byron and I discovered C.A.S.T. for Kids from Jim Behnken who asked if we were interested and did so. We were so excited about how the program was all about the kids and giving so much more back to them with great learning skills with enthusiasm. While it is a tremendous task to get children out of their comfort zone and into the field the C.A.S.T. team and volunteers make it a fun and educational day. It is such a Special Thrill to watch a child learn how to fish, and be able to go home with a fishing pole, plaque with their picture on it holding their fish and all the memories. In turn we get a SPECIAL THRILL !!!!!
Sandy & Byron Saunders
This is my opportunity to share with you my brother, Jeff Barnes, who is the C.A.S.T. for Kids’ Eastern Regional Director. I may be a bit bias, but this is a heartfelt review nonetheless. My brother has fished as long as I can remember. He has often said that he wished all young children could be introduced to fishing. When he became a father, his priorities of course changed, but his love for fishing remained, as his love for family grew tenfold. Now, to combine that love of fishing and to bring joy to children and their families, as well as support military personnel, is simply a win/win for ALL. The joy that I’ve seen and heard through numerous photos, videos and shared stories speaks volumes about C.A.S.T. For my brother to be able to put a fishing rod in the hands of someone who may not otherwise have the opportunity, is simply a blessing. You won't want to miss being a part of this amazing opportunity, whether it's as a participant or a volunteer!
C.A.S.T. for kids is an event that my family looks forward to every year. We have experienced it on both sides – and boaters and as participants. The joy on the faces of the children as they feel the wind in their hair or catch a fish is something that is not forgotten. For many of these children, it is their only time each year to be able to fish. The event is so well organized and each child walks away with lots of goodies (rod/reel, full tackle box, shirt, etc). As parents of a child with special needs, we appreciate the opportunity to join other families and just enjoy watching our kids have fun! Brent and Lori Skidmore