The Oblong Children's Christian Home will soon embark on its largest fundraiser of the year. Sportsman's Day, an outdoor event for hunters and outdoor sports buffs, will be held at a new venue this summer: Sam Parr State Park in Jasper County. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 16 at the White Oak Picnic Area.


Outdoors Unlimited of Jasper County has hosted Youth and Family Day at Sam Parr at this time annually for several years. They have also offered a similar event in partnership with the Oblong Children's Christian Home on that ministry's campus later in the summer. This year, the two have been combined. The change of venue to Sam Parr State Park offers more opportunity for casting, a rod and reel challenge, and even bow fishing. These activities were impossible on the campus of the Oblong Children's Christian Home. However, to ensure that the Home benefits from the change of venue, proceeds from the day's event will still go to the ministry in Oblong.


All ages are invited to participate, and the event is completely free of charge. Lunch will be served at noon. However, donations will be received and are appreciated. Visitors may choose to participate in clay pigeon shooting, muzzleloader, .22 rifle marksmanship, hatchet throwing, slingshot, turkey calling, 3-D archery, bow fishing, a rod and reel challenge, and fishing. Children ages 7 and up are welcome to take part as many times as they would like throughout the day.


Adding to the day, a short presentation about the Children's Home ministry will be given during the lunch break. At that same time, all of the day's participants will anxiously await the prize drawing results. Those interested may enter the drawing (free of charge) to win either an MB 500 Crown Grade 20 GA shotgun (provided by the Truth Hunters of Olney) or a rod & reel! Truly, there is something for everyone.


Individuals are encouraged to enjoy all of these events and a meal, including your choice of brat or hot dog, chips, cookie, and a bottled water, without cost. There will be collection jars for donations to the ministry at both the dining pavilion and at the registration table.


"We have been incredibly blessed preparing for this event. Local businesses have been extraordinarily generous in helping us to meet financial obligations, and volunteers from Oblong and many neighboring communities will be on hand to help all day," said Amy Kemp, Director for Promotions and Partnership Development for the Children's Home. "This year we are again enjoying a partnership with Cabela's of St. Louis. Graciously, their donations are helping to provide all of the ammunition and supplies needed for the day. We just ask for participants!"


The Oblong Children’s Christian Home is a non-profit home that houses abused, troubled, and neglected children. The Home, in existence since 1969, builds healthy relationships, demonstrates God’s unconditional love, teaches God’s truth, and develops each child’s unique abilities.