Bell Family Blue Bag Program Launches to Wide Acclaim.
On December 17, 2015, at the Odessa home of SCI members Julie and Tommy Salmon, West Texas SCI (WTSCI) Board President Cal Hendrick presented a check for $19,000.00 to Ellen and Larry Bell for the SCI Foundation “Bell Family Blue Bag” Program. The check represents the proceeds from a special fund raising evening held in October where members of the west Texas hunting community and the friends of Larry and Ellen Bell joined together to support the various charities established by the Bell family in memory of their daughter Amy Bell.
Over 40 different families sponsored one or more “Blue Bags” to help the SCI Foundation and the Bell Family distribute these specially designed duffle bags to hunters and outfitters world-wide. Hunters and outfitters will partner to fill the bags with school and medical supplies, clothes, treats, and other items of a humanitarian nature to be distributed to children’s support facilities throughout the world. These facilities include schools, medical clinics, orphanages, hospitals and any other places where there are children in need.
The Ellen and Larry Bell family of Midland joined with the SCI Foundation in February, 2015, to provide long term funding for this longstanding humanitarian effort of SCI. Each of the blue bags has a special logo that says “Pay It Forward” in Memory of Amy Bell. Amy Bell, a life member of SCI, passed away very unexpectedly in May, 2014. This program is now dedicated to the memory of Amy Bell’s very private, but very significant, commitment to children in need all over the world.
Want to learn more about the “Bell Family Blue Bag” Program and how you can become involved? Stop by the SCI Foundation booth #3319 or attend the “Bell Family Blue Bag” program seminar on Saturday, February 6th at 10 am – 12 pm in room Breakers L at the 2016 SCI convention in Las Vegas.
For more information, contact the SCI Foundation Humanitarian Services Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (520) 620-1220 Ext. 231.