This is the second in a series of posts about organizations that are important to current and former Bills. We're starting with Hunter's Hope, formed by QB Jim Kelly and his wife Jill that raises awareness about Universal Newborn Screening, a simple process that could have saved their son Hunter's life.
What makes us love children? Is it their innocence--their as yet uncorrupted view of the world? Is it their vulnerability that gives us a desire to protect them from life, yet at the same time, help them experience it to the fullest? Is it their charm, the funny things they say, the way they mispronounce words or perhaps how an "R" sounds like "W"? Whatever the reason, once someone becomes a parent or crosses the path of a truly special child, we have an innate tendency to love, protect, teach and appreciate.
That's what Hunter's Day of Hope for Children is all about. I'll let Jill Kelly tell you herself, why this day is so important, for her family and for all children.
"We do it for the kids; for families to come together, be together, love each other. It's our way to bless the community for helping us to help children suffering all over our country. It's free and fun. A way to give to the givers," told me via Twitter, where she started a separate account for the foundation @huntershopefdn.
This year's HDHC falls on Saturday, Feb. 13, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Buffalo Bills Fieldhouse in Orchard Park, NY. It's free and will be exactly what it sounds like--a day of fun! There's food, beverages, entertainment, activities, games, dancing, prizes and giveaways.
It's also the weekend of Jim Kelly's 50th birthday (Feb. 14) so if you go, be sure to wish him (and Hunter) a happy birthday!
Stop by to celebrate a good cause. And if you want to donate to Hunter's Hope while you're there, even better! The more we love and the more we give, the more children we can save.
Check back next week to see what's next for Hunter's Hope! And, as always, GO BILLS!!!