An Open Letter to the Children in Oklahoma

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Don Barone

Don Barone

db has been in the reporting biz for over 30 years, won some Emmys and other awards, but is proudest of his four-decade marriage, his two kids and the fact he founded Tackle The Storm Foundation to help children.

Dateline: Moore, Oklahoma

In a perfect world, there would be no storms,

only rainbows.

And the clouds in the sky would only take the shape,

of ponies,

lollipops,

and sailing ships.

In a perfect world, there would be no sad hearts,

only smiles.

The rain would be lemonade,

and only popsicles,

would fall from the sky.

In a perfect, world.

But the world was less than perfect for you this spring, when the tornadoes came your way, and took, took so much, left so much hurt,

in a not so perfect world.

“…oh, I realize it's hard to take courage…”

And yet, in our not so perfect world,

there is love,

love.

For your family, for your neighbors, for your town,

and,

especially,

for you.

In our not so perfect world, hundred’s and hundred’s of anglers all over the world, care for you.

Love you.

Anglers as far away as South Africa and Italy, South America and Spain, as well as anglers as close Oklahoma City and Duncan, Oklahoma.

Love you.

And they have sent you something, a gift that brings with it, hope, a gift that brings with it, dreams. 

I call it the magic wand of childhood.

Most everyone else calls it a fishing rod and reel.

But I know, that in a not so perfect world,

magic happens.

“…but I see your true colors…”

Thanks to the State of Oklahoma’s Department of Wildlife Conservation Fisheries people,

Thanks to the City of Moore, Oklahoma Department of Parks and Recreation,

Thanks to the Oklahoma B.A.S.S. Nation, especially the North Oklahoma City Bassmasters, the Sooner Bassmasters and the Oklahoma City Junior Bassmaster clubs,

Thanks to the generous donations from, The Family, Of Us, anglers all over the world,

Tackle The Storm Foundation will be coming on the morning of July 27th, to the city of Moore, Oklahoma, and Buck Thomas Park…and we will bring with us the magic wands of childhood for all the children who have lost their fishing stuff to the storms,

of this not so perfect world.

Our goal, all of us involved, is a very simple one, we want to put every child victim of the storms, back on the water.

Every child.

And this is what this letter is about.  Help us find the children, all the children, not just in Moore, Oklahoma but in every small town, village, whatever, if they have lost their fishing stuff bring them to Buck Thomas Park in Moore the morning of July 27th…and we will get them back on the water.

If you are a member of a B.A.S.S. club, or for that matter, any kind of fishing club, in a small town and you know the kids won’t be able to get to the city of Moore on July 27th…if you come and tell us how many rods and reels you need…we will give them to you to take back to the children of your community.

No questions asked.

“…shining through…”

Recently I was asked if I thought that Tackle The Storm Foundation could possibly change a child’s life by giving them a fishing pole.

I understand the skepticism, especially when a scraggly long haired dude in dark Costas and backwards baseball cap talks of magic wands.

I get it.

But I answered the question by saying, “I don’t know if it will change their lives, but I can damn well tell you, it will change their day.”

And to the children, know this,

it is possible to change a not so perfect world,

you just have to do it,

day,

by day.

And you change it,

with puppies and lollipops,

with donuts and popsicles,

and especially with,

magic wands,

sent with love.

“…like a rainbow.”

True Colors

Cyndi Lauper

July 27th, 7:30-10am, Buck Thomas Park, the pond will be stocked with fish for the kids by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Fisheries, volunteers from the B.A.S.S. Nation North Oklahoma City Bassmasters, the Sooner Bassmasters, and the Oklahoma City Junior Bassmasters clubs, as well as several Bassmaster Elite Anglers and the folks from the city of Moore Parks and Recreation Department will be there to help the children fish.

More information on the event will be put up soon on: www.cityofmoore.com and www.tacklethestormfoundation.org

And special thanks to all those who support Tackle The Storm Foundation, you are the ones that have changed their day.

db

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