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Review for The C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation, Renton, WA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I cannot say enough good things about CAST for Kids or Fishing Kids... I have been helping as a volunteer off and on for over 20 years and was hooked like a bass on a fat juicy nightcrawler after my very first interaction with them in the late 1990's.

I am now a fisheries biologist and love working with kids events and it is my personal goal to help 10,000 kids catch their first fish... among many other groups I work with, CAST For KIds and Fishing Kids helps keep that goal achievable.

Two springs ago I was able to participate with them at Island Lake near Silverdale Washington at a Fishing Kids event... what was really cool is for my first time I was able to have my brother Brian help as well as my nephew Max help... remember the fat juicy nightcrawler... I got them hooked, hook line and sinker!

What really capped off the day for me was when I had helped a little boy and girl catch their "first fish ever in the whole world"and was later finishing up and chatting with their mom. She had asked where she was to return the tackle boxes and poles when I explained they were hers to keep so the kids could continue fishing... she was overwhelmed and stated she had always wanted to take her kids fishing but as a single mother had no idea as to how to or where to and had no-one to show her. It just so happened that she lived close by and my nephew and brother( whom both had just inhaled a nightcrawler) lived just miles from her and is the Port Commisioner for the Port of Keyport... I introduced them and the invitation to fish off the pier was on!

This is just one of many great stories I could share with you about these events... an amazing group and one that changes kids one fish at a time.

I have a dear friend Don Collens who is in the Wildcat Steelhead Club in Sedro Woolley who has a saying, "it isn't the kid who catches the fish but rather the fish that catches the kid". It is so true... I have seen kids lives changed just because they had someone volunteer some timet to take and show them how to fish, show they mattered, and that little one had their eyes opened into a whole new world of the great outdoors!

Thank you again CAST for Kids! You keep me a kid even though I am way older than most other kids who play in the lake!

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