Shanna Eaton Asks You to Open Your Heart and Your Wallet

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Shanna Eaton is a special needs teacher and her husband runs a business catering to fishermen. Shanna said they "wanted to give back," and the C.A.S.T. for Kids cause was the perfect fit. But they need your help. (Photos Contributed)

Fishermen (and others), Shanna Eaton needs your help. More importantly she needs your money for her labor of love.

Shanna is organizing a September C.A.S.T. for Kids event at Harrison Bay State Park. C.A.S.T. for Kids provides children with disabilities, ages 5 – 17, the opportunity to enjoy a quality outdoor experience via a fishing trip.

Shanna, a special needs teacher for Whitfield County schools, says her motivation is simple.

“It is a God thing,” she said sincerely. “I’m a special needs teacher and my husband’s business involves fishing and we wanted to do something to give back.”

Shanna said they started researching and discovered the national C.A.S.T. for Kids organization and realized the mission was perfect. But like any such effort it requires money.

Shanna said they already have 15 children registered. However the free event won’t happen and those kids will be disappointed if they can’t raise $3,500.

“I’m praying we don’t have to let anybody down,” said Shanna. “Others who have already held these events tell me it’s a life-changing experience for the kids… and for the folks who give their time or money.”

So far fund-raising efforts have been poor. Well, actually, they have been non-existent as, at this writing, the fundraising page displays a “$0.00” balance (At least it did until I donated).

I’m hoping the folks who follow my writing and social media pages will change that. Donate HERE.

Shanna said, “We have a few who have promised donations but they haven’t paid yet.”

She has also applied for sponsorships or grants from Bass Pro and from Walmart. Those efforts are laborious and slow, but hopefully will come through before Shanna’s self-imposed deadline of early August.

Besides money she needs volunteers, including boaters/fishermen willing to take kids fishing. She says she already has ten volunteers, including four boats/fishermen, on the list but hopefully will need many more.

Shanna and her husband, Matt, took their own giant leap-of-faith when Matt gave up his regular job in March to start his own business, Marine Makeover Solutions.

“We’ve been praying about it for a long time,” said Shanna. “He called me one morning and said, ‘I just quit my job.’ I told him, ‘OK, this is going to work.’ God has completely blessed us with people reaching out and supporting our business.”

Now she hopes you’ll do the same to support C.A.S.T. for Kids.

Learn more HERE.

Donate HERE.

You can contact Shanna at shanna_kaylor@yahoo.com or by calling 706-934-4290

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