Safari Care – Bell Family Blue Bag – Pay It Forward Convention Seminar
On Saturday, February 6th at 10 am – 12 pm at the 2016 SCI convention in Las Vegas, members gathered to discuss how they could bring humanitarian aid to others in need. The idea has been around since 1996; however, now there is a new sponsor to the program. The Bell Family has established a special humanitarian services project which encourages SCI Members and hunters to give back. The “Bell Family Blue Bag” seminar discussed ways those going to other countries could pay-it-forward, giving humanitarian supplies to needy schools, orphanages and families.
The project’s initiative began after the loss of Amy Doris Bell, the youngest of three children of Ellen and Larry Bell of Midland, Texas. Amy was known as a tenacious horsewoman, accomplished hunter and dedicated philanthropist. She loved helping neighbors and serving her community. On numerous trips to Africa, Amy left care packages – gifts of love to help support schools, clinics and orphanages. One such gift led to the establishment of the Amy Bell Center for Children in Africa, a center dedicated to assisting kids in Namibia, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia. Her sudden death, May 16, 2014 left a void in the lives of her family and friends, which led to the pay it forward idea.
“Hunters rank among the most caring and giving souls on earth,” said Larry Bell; “they care about people, they care about the conservation of animals and they care about leaving the world a better place than they found it.” To prove their caring commitment, the Bells, along with 40 other families from the West Texas SCI raised $19,000.00 for the “Bell Family Blue Bag” project last October. The money has helped kick-start the proceeds where special blue bags with the Bell Family Pay It Forward logo can be ordered by Chapters or individual members at no cost, a great incentive to encourage the giving concept. In the past, blue bags cost approximately $50 each. Now, under the Bell family project, their fund raising efforts currently make the Bell Family Blue Bag free. Each of the blue bags has a special logo that says “Pay It Forward” in Memory of Amy Bell. This program is now dedicated to the memory of Amy Bell’s very significant commitment to children in need all over the world.
At the seminar and during convention, Safari Club International (SCI) Foundation employees, in conjunction with the Bell Family, gave out 48 pay it forward blue bags. Also given out during the seminar were tips, ideas and lists of supplies that are commonly carried and delivered as humanitarian aid. Hunters and outfitters were encouraged to partner up 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.
Please make sure that any medical supplies are not expired and always check with the local government on any restrictions and prohibitions when filling blue bags. Also, buy locally whenever possible as items are often cheaper, your purchases assist the local economy and usually are not subject to tariffs or other fees associated with importation. Plus it is always easier to ship empty blue bags in your luggage and then fill them once you arrive, where your professional hunter may assist with suggested items as they know the needs of the local schools and people.
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