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Title: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: Kildog on July 09, 2006, 10:44:00 PM
I had the honor of meeting Kristen Friday. Kristen is an 11 year old 5th grade student who is and A-B student. She loves science but not math but works real hard in all her subjects because this young lady aspires to be a veternarian when she grows up. Kristen is legally blind. She has what her mom describes as center block vision, which means if she is looking at you within talking distance she can only see your hair, neck and ears. But Kristen will shift her head to get pieces of your face...then her brain puts these pieces of the puzzle together to form a picture and then she will recognize you. Kristen isn't allowed to participate in sports but knew there something out there that was "her sport". Clarence Taylor a dedicated archer and vice-president met Kristen and immediately began a friendship. She has a plastic longbow that someone gave her and she came to my range this weekend to shoot. She is one sweet young lady and a great attitude. She would stand at the stake and process the target and then shoot. And she would hit more than she missed. Not bad for someone who has been shooting only a month and a half. I know how tradgangers like to help children and thought their would be some good hearted people on here that would donate some of their craft to Kristen. I am in the process of making her an armguard, and any other trad gear would be greatly appreciated. This little girl loves to shoot her bow and make 3D shoots and assured me that she would harvest a deer with her bow someday. Some of the compounders are trying to convince her and her mother that she would be better off with wheels. Lets jump in and show our love for trad archery and children and help her out! Thank you and I will post pix  of her in the next thread. kd
Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: Kildog on July 09, 2006, 10:47:00 PM
Meet Kristen!
  (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v710/Kildog/pixfromback80193.jpg)  

Kristen shooting at moving gator and she hit it!

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Kristin with her coach Clarence Taylor.

Another of Kristen and Coach Taylor

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Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: Kildog on July 09, 2006, 10:50:00 PM
Meet Kristen!

 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v710/Kildog/pixfromback80193.jpg)

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Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: JC on July 10, 2006, 07:17:00 AM
Bobby, you got any ideas what kind of arrows she needs? And PM me an addy, we'll see what we can do to help out.
Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: loyd on July 10, 2006, 04:17:00 PM
what bow weight can she handle?. and how tall is she loyd
Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: Skinny Little Runt on July 10, 2006, 05:13:00 PM
I have a PSE Optima @ 20# and 56". A great training bow. She is welcome to it.
Chuck
Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: Kildog on July 10, 2006, 07:24:00 PM
Thanks Guys!!! I don't know how tall she is but 20# is about the right weight for her.....JC...we were looking this weekend an decided 26" arrows with a light point would be good.
For obvious reasons her mother did not want me to publish her address....so please send to me and send a note with your address on anything that you send so that she can send a thank you letter.


My address is:
Bobby Shock
923 Hwy 36
Vilonia, AR. 72173

Thanks again
Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: JC on July 10, 2006, 07:30:00 PM
I'll have to get some stuff Bobby but will send her some gear. Good work.
Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: Skinny Little Runt on July 10, 2006, 08:05:00 PM
Bobby, I'll have it out tue. At 25" draw my wife was shooting 1616 alum Jazz.
Your a good man "Charlie Brown"
Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: Kildog on July 10, 2006, 09:42:00 PM
Thanks yall and please don't throw any roses my way....I feel blessed and honored to help this young lady ....just to hear her talk about her love for archery and to see her little face glow when she hits the target is my reward! Thank you again! Bobby
Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: ber643 on July 11, 2006, 09:37:00 AM
I think I'm in love   ;)   - I wanted to be a veternarian also when I was young - I hope she sticks too it, I have always regretted that I didn't. You - go Kristen, and take your bent for archery right along with you, little lady.

Good on you, the VP and her Mom, Kildog. Am looking forward to seeing more of the story unfold when I get my own computer back and on line. All of you keep up the good work.    :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: Kildog on July 11, 2006, 12:07:00 PM
Thanks ber....good luck on getting your computer back. kd
Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: ber643 on July 11, 2006, 04:04:00 PM
Ah - my pleasure - and got it back today (and even got logged back in here - First things First - LOL). Now I got to get all my e-mail adees back in my book folks, so send me one for that purpose only (make sure you include your handle in case my memory falters - LOL)
Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: Kildog on July 13, 2006, 11:04:00 PM
SLR....thank you for the bow! I am going to present it to her ar my next shoot...and I will get pix! God bless you. kd
Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: SHOOTO8S on July 16, 2006, 12:36:00 PM
Bobby...what does she need in the way of bow strings?
Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: tippit on July 16, 2006, 10:00:00 PM
Bobby,  There are a number of tradgang veterinarians here too.  If I can be of any help, let me know.  I went deaf a few years back but regained some hearing in one ear.  There is a site for hearing impaired physicians that really helped me.  I would assume there are other sites for visually impaired.

I don't have any light weight kids gear but if there is some kind of fund to get Kristin some other gear let me know that too...Jeff
Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: Kildog on July 16, 2006, 10:38:00 PM
I will check that bowstring.
Tippit I appreciate the info....there is no fund...but if someone could help find a skin or a quiver made of some kind of skin for her that would be great...she kept following a shooter with a deer skin quiver and touching it and I thought if we could come up with one that would be great. I will pay for her to have one just can't afford a lot. The kind with the hair on it. Thanks...kd
Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: tippit on July 17, 2006, 09:18:00 PM
Kildog, I will try to get a quiver from Frank & Shell.  He had been interested in one of my knives but as I've said before I make these for special occasions and don't sell them.  This is a special occasion!  I will either trade or buy Kristin a fur quiver...Jeff
Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: Kildog on July 17, 2006, 10:08:00 PM
Thank you so much tippit...God bless you! I am a big man...and a retired firefighter....but let me tell ya...you tradgangers bring a tear to my eye! kd
Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: shaft slinger on July 24, 2006, 09:03:00 PM
kildog, i make custom bows and would be happy to make her a bow, if she dont have one yet, if she does i will make it for anyone ,in a like position, let me know
Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: Kildog on August 20, 2006, 09:54:00 PM
Anyone still interested in helping Kristen, I will be presenting the items sent to her next Sat August 26. Thank you and God bless you. kd
Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: sticshooter on August 26, 2006, 07:58:00 AM
OK first I wanna thank killdog for bringing this Girl to our attention. And I wanna thank Tippit for allowing Shell to make her a quiver for him to give to her. Both you guys are really what this sight is all about. There are alot of people on here that always step up to help someone no matter what it is. From givig someone a bow to someone needing a string. Shell and I can't wait to see pics of Kristen with all her cool stuff. Thanks guys and God Bless.<><
Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: Kildog on August 26, 2006, 08:02:00 PM
Ok stic....here is some pix of today....anyone else who still wants to help Kristen...continue...I hope this is just the beginning ....not the end! Before I post the pix I want to personally give a big thank you to skinny little runt, tippit, sticshooter and shell! Thank you....it was a blessed day for me!!!! Please pm me an address...Kristen told me this would not be complete with writing you and wants yall's email addresses....she said she wants to talk to her new friends! That my fellow tradgangers is a blessing in itself! kd
Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: Kildog on August 26, 2006, 08:06:00 PM
Kristen with Coach Clarence and friend Howard.
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Me having the honor of presenting Kristen with her new bow from Skinny Little Runt
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Kristen drawing the bow.
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Presenting the beautiful quiver from Tippit!
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Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: Kildog on August 26, 2006, 08:11:00 PM
Placing the quiver on Kristen.
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Presenting Kristen with bead necklace from sticshooter and shell with pouch. (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v710/Kildog/enolabenefitshootandkristen027.jpg)

Wooden arrows from the Muddy Bayou Stick Shooters.
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Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: Kildog on August 26, 2006, 08:16:00 PM
Shirt and cap from the Enola Fire Dept.
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Shirt from the Muddy Bayou Stick shooters.
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Assisting Kristen with handmade armguard from Muddy Bayou Stick shooters.
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Coach Clarence, Kristen ready to shoot, My ugly mug!

 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v710/Kildog/enolabenefitshootandkristen041.jpg)
Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: Kildog on August 26, 2006, 08:19:00 PM
The best and most rewarding part of the day!!!!I got your hugs!!!!!

 (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v710/Kildog/enolabenefitshootandkristen034.jpg)
Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: Kildog on August 26, 2006, 08:23:00 PM
There was also an arrow made primitive archer John Pruitt of Illinois...the arrow was handcrafted out of river cane with turkey feather flecthing and a napped head. It was a wonderful day...I wish each of you could have been there to enjoy it with me!!!!I know that you were there in spirit!!! Kristen loves you all and by the way ....she just about rubbed a hole in that quiver....when her hand was not touching it ......it was on her cheek! You tradgangers made one happy little girl! Tippit I told her you was a vet and she especially wants to email you. Thanks again to everybody! kd
Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: Kildog on August 26, 2006, 08:25:00 PM
Oh yeah one more thing and then I will shut up....the county newspaper was on scene to do a story on this amazing little girl! kd
Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: sticshooter on August 26, 2006, 08:54:00 PM
God Bless her. Keep us all posted on this little one. Thanks for including us KD.<><
Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: Wallcrawler on August 27, 2006, 11:59:00 AM
Thanks for the update, read your posts last week and couldn't wait to see the outcome.  Good on ya' tradgangers who did their part.
Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: Starkman on August 29, 2006, 09:40:00 PM
That large grin she has says it all!  Your a good man Kildog.  Hats of to the rest of you.
Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: tippit on August 29, 2006, 10:23:00 PM
What special young lady. Can't help but warm your heart.  Thanks Kildog...Doc
Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: Terry Green on March 07, 2008, 10:38:00 AM
I found this little gem this AM while pruning.

Any update on this gal?
Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: MW on March 07, 2008, 11:29:00 AM
I had missed this too thanks for bringing it back up.
Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: Tim Fishell on March 07, 2008, 01:17:00 PM
Thanks for bringing this to the top for us Newbies!!  It was definatly a good read!!  I would like to hear some updates to if anybody has any!!
Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: vermonster13 on March 07, 2008, 01:58:00 PM
LOL I just noticed the dates. I thought we had another candidate for the giveaway here. I would love to see where this young lady is at now myself.
Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: IB on March 07, 2008, 02:37:00 PM
Good call Dave  :thumbsup:  I too thought this was new.  NOW I Really want to here the REST OF THE STORY!!!!
Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: Jason Lester on March 07, 2008, 02:42:00 PM
That right there is why I love the "Gang"


I too would like to hear how she's doing.
Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: T.J. on March 07, 2008, 03:22:00 PM
Wow what a great story! I would love to see an update as well. Very well done gang!!
Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: Guru on March 07, 2008, 04:16:00 PM
I don't remember ever seeing this one...but I'm glad you brought it TTT Terry...awesome thread! I;d sure like to see how she's doing now
Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: BillW on March 07, 2008, 04:40:00 PM
Somehow back then I missed this. By the the date I think I was in Alaska.

Reading this really touches my heart seeing the generosity of the "Friends" on this site.  You all are a group that makes a guy proud to be associated with!

Regards,
Bill
Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: Froggy on March 07, 2008, 05:14:00 PM
Kildog,
  I have about a dozen 2018s if they might work. I will ship them to you, just give the word. also have a jerry hill strap on bow quiver I can send you. A heartwarming story, makes me thank the Lord for all he has provided for me and my family, and just how blessed I am.

         blessings,  Froggy.
Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: Squirrel Bait on March 07, 2008, 05:57:00 PM
Ya'll don't feel like the Lone Ranger , I missed it too. I don't remember it at all.
Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: Brian Krebs on March 07, 2008, 06:18:00 PM
gotta wonder how many blind people are out there that would love to shoot a bow; and as well bowhunt. I have seen it done; with sights on the bow; and a person behind the shooter to line up the bow. I would love to be able to help someone do that; and its obvious that others would love to help people enjoy archery too.
 Problem is- communication.
I hope this little girl has kept on shooting !
  :campfire:    :archer:
Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: ishiwannabe on March 07, 2008, 06:30:00 PM
Awesome thread! Outstanding people! Makes me proud to be a member here...Thanks for bringing it back for us "newer" members to read!
Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: Terry Green on March 07, 2008, 08:14:00 PM
The reason I missed it was that I was on vacation that week 2 years ago, and the reason so many others did was probably because it was on the shooter forum and I moved it here.

Hopefully we'll get an update.
Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: HATCHCHASER on March 07, 2008, 08:59:00 PM
Man this place is awesome.  :clapper:    :clapper:
Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: tippit on March 07, 2008, 09:03:00 PM
Terry,  Thanks for bringing it back up.  I have lost touch with Kristin too.  She must be some fine young lady now.  I'll have to email Kildog and get an up date.

As a side note to this story, I didn't know Frank & Shell that well when I asked if Shell would make me a quiver that I could buy for Kristin.  The story does not mention that Shell would not allow me to purchase it but instead gave it to Kristin in my name.  Needless to say this is how the bond of friendship between Shell, Frank, and myself blossomed. Everyone knows how giving Shell & Frank are.  Their generosity goes way beyond what most people see.

I hope Kristin is doing well.  I thank Frank & Shell for their friendship...tippit
Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: john1271 on March 07, 2008, 09:10:00 PM
man lost for words, that is awsome ,would love to here update
Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: BowHuntingFool on March 07, 2008, 10:35:00 PM
You guys and Gals are the greatest bunch of folks! God Bless! I Love this place and the stories that come from here! Proud to be a member!
Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: Kildog on March 07, 2008, 10:41:00 PM
Sorry to be so late good folks! My work keeps me away from my computer the last few months. I have not talked with young Kristen yet this year but last year she was still shooting and loving it! When I see her the elkskin quiver is still a part of her. To my knowledge she has not killed a deer yet, but I am not counting her out! For a lifetime she will remember the great tradgangers as will I. I still really appreciate what yall did for her in 2006. I have made many good friends on this site, just don't communicate much. And yes stic and shell are some of the greatest..during that time I spoke with shell several times and all that I can say is that the spirit of God dwells within her. Thanks again and when I see Kristen again I will get some updated pix and update the story. kd
Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: Bow50 on March 07, 2008, 11:08:00 PM
Tradgangers are a special breed of people... I am proud of all of you.
Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: Froggy on March 09, 2008, 09:27:00 AM
Bobby, arrows and quiver on the way tomorrow to you. please give her a big hug from me, and wish her the best from me also. sent you a PM also. the fletches are fine on these, I was thinking of another set that the feathers were buggered up.

   blessings, Lanier (Froggy)
Title: Re: Tradgangers let me introduce you to one amazing little girl.
Post by: Terry Green on May 08, 2009, 06:22:00 PM
Back up for a reality check....