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Colt’s Custom Shop 1911 USMC Pistol Package—Support Kara’s HoPE

Desert tan Colt 1911 pistol with wood grips

For many of us, a new set of brakes is an untimely, yet manageable, expense. Hospital bills are few and far between, and a satisfying meal is just another commodity we take for granted. However, for the millions of families with special needs children, allocating money for these necessities and a few luxuries is not always an option. Even for those who are fortunate to have good insurance coverage, there are still gaps in coverage, large deductibles and expenses for specialty equipment, which may not be reimbursed by the insurance company.

Kara’s HoPE raises funds for these families through a series of specialty firearm raffles. Kara’s HoPE has worked with Nighthawk Custom, Turnbull Manufacturing, Springfield Armory and other manufacturers in the past. It is currently holding a contest featuring Colt’s Custom Shop 1911 USMC pistol, Safariland Holster and SureFire X300u weapon light. These accessories make a shooter’s package that’s ready to go!

Desert tan Colt 1911 pistol with wood grips
This amazing prize package is worth well over $3,500.!

Tickets are $25.00 each and only 2,000 tickets will be sold. Tickets are going quickly. As of today, there’s just one week left to enter. The odds of winning the grand prize are good, but the odds of feeling great about helping families in crisis are 100%. Your participation can make a huge difference in the life of a child.

To donate, please follow this link to the current fundraiser: ENTER HERE A survey conducted in 2008 by the Health Resources and Services Administration found that 14 percent of children in the U.S. have special healthcare needs. Many families are struggling due to the demands of caring for a special needs child, according to the survey.

This economic uncertainty sometimes forces parents to make difficult financial choices, and many times they simply don’t have the extra income to meet their child’s medical needs.

Kara’s Foundation for HoPE is a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation which raises money to help meet some of these expenses for families of children with a debilitating, and most often terminal, brain disorder known as Holoprosencephaly, or HPE. Kara’s HoPE also works with families whose children are coping with other similar brain anomalies.

Kara Faith was diagnosed at 15 weeks gestation with HPE. With the help of the NICU staff at the local teaching hospital, and help of family, friends and community, Kara’s family was able to bring their daughter into the world, spend 49 wonderful days with her, and they were able to bring her home with Hospice care. Kara passed away from complications related to her condition, but her life and story is the inspiration for this foundation, which is dedicated to helping others in her memory.

Kara’s father says: “Families like ours have certainly chosen the hard road by deciding to carry their children to term and give them a chance at life. We have witnessed miracle babies who have defied the doctor’s predictions, and we have grieved with parents who barely had the chance to hold their little ones. Our purpose is to honor their decision, by affirming the love they have for their children, and helping them out—even in small ways when times get tough.” “While we can’t be all things to all people, and we can’t meet every single need, our goal is to step in where we can and support these families and their children to the best of our ability. Your participation helps accomplish that goal. And for that, we are thankful.”

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Comments (2)

  1. Jim P.,
    Every month, I post a list of all the current contests, sweepstakes, raffles, rebates, and promotions. Look for it the first week of every month. Here is the link to November’s:

  2. Here’s a suggestion for CTD and/or maybe the NRA. Create a specific mailing list of raffles, drawings, etc. for firearms and related accessories.

    I know that Buckeye Firearms Association does the occasional raffle to support their armed teacher program. The American Snipers org does the occasional raffle as well. Now I’m hearing about this. I would rather waste my money on supporting causes that understand that gun owners are part of the community and are willing to reach out and help as opposed to the giant faceless charities like the Salvation Army.

    In addition if programs like the Wounded Warrior Project, the Warrior Dog Foundation and others knew they had a central place that would get the word out they are holding the raffle probably many more would do it.

    And as far as the manufacturers — they would probably line up to donate for any organization that wanted to raffle off the firearms.

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