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Archery community gives back to kids in need this Christmas

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The holiday season is all about giving, and many of you throughout the Channel 3 viewing area are doing just that, including one archery company that is helping collect Christmas toys to give to kids in need. 

Over the weekend Bucks to Beards in Oldfort,TN kicked off their 2nd annual "Santa's Helpers Shoot, a 3-D outdoor archery tournament to collect toy donations for local charities and organizations, like the Forgotten Child Fund. 

"Just gives you a good feeling when you do something good. For some of us this is our Christmas. Just giving to make kids have a great Christmas, that's what it's all about," said Bucks to Beard member, Ray Hickman. 

Christmas wishes were granted as hundreds of toys filled a trailer at the company's site. Monetary donations were also collected in time to bring smiles to kids this Christmas. 

Co-owner, Jason Caldwell said the majority of donations are items off of local kid's Christmas lists. 

"We'll get with the local fire departments and we'll get their list of their people and their kids toys and we'll get them what they asked for, and then we gotta couple of families with some area schools that have given us some kids and we'll distribute those to those families and those schools," Caldwell said. "Then whatever we have left we give to the Forgotten Child Fund, which there should be a whole lot left to give."

Archers from all over the nation hiked through the company's 20 station course, aiming to hit a 3-D animal target for a good cause. Even beginners made their mark.

A sight members like Lane Webb, says makes him proud. 

"It makes me feel good that families that you know are [less fortunate] as others will be able to see people coming together and helping out the community," said Webb. 

Hickman said the desire to give and ongoing support is something the archery community is filled with. 

"Archery's all about giving. It's probably some of the best people that I've ever been associated with and so we call it our archery family or community. We just love getting together and helping people and having fun," said Hickman. 

A big family with a big heart, and enough love to go around to everyone this Christmas. 

For more information on how you can help the FCF, or to make a donation online, click here

Donations are collected right up until Christmas Day. The FCF is still accepting applications for children through December 14th.

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