BUCKHANNON — Members from the National Wild Turkey Federation showed their generosity with a donation of $500 to the Parrish House last week. Member Bob Garrison mentioned the funds raised were from their ticket sales this year. The organization raffles off guns at National Hunting and Fishing Day and then gives the proceeds back to the community.
For those unfamiliar, the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973 from the many inspired minds of dedicated volunteers, professional staff and committed partners focused on the same mission. According to the NWTF, the federation has made a heavy impact by investing $488 million in wildlife conservation and the preservation of North America’s hunting heritage. They have continued to support science-based conservation and preserve hunters’ rights.
Member Garrison added, “We also offer a scholarship. We certainly direct a lot of focus for our youth and try to get them to experience more in the outdoors. The JAKES program helps us with providing the youth with many outdoor opportunities and raising money for the community.” He further stated, “The Stonewall Jackson Chapter of the NWTF covers both Upshur and Lewis Counties.”
The JAKES program educates young minds about wildlife conservation and the importance of natural resources. The program hosts events that help carry on the traditions of responsible hunting through ethics and safety. “We’re very happy as an organization that we can be able to help the community and do our part as best as we can,” Garrison stated.