In 2022, the Clays-For-Kids Foundation was discontinued, but the event persevered under the new name "Charity Clay Shoot." The 2022 charity recipient, Hunt 2 Heal, received an unprecedented donation of $48,000, marking the highest contribution in the event's history. Hunt 2 Heal, a non-profit organization, aims to enhance the mental well-being of individuals with physical disabilities by offering inclusive and secure outdoor experiences. Their barrier-free lodge and 640 acres of accessible land create a sanctuary for hunting and outdoor pursuits, eliminating numerous obstacles and facilitating a reconnection with nature.
In 2021, The Clays-For-Kids Foundation recognized Ele's Place of West Michigan. Ele's Place's is dedicated solely to helping children and teens work with and through grief. The need for these services will never go away and it's known that grief negatively affects children and teens, contributing to alarming rates of depression, addition, and violence. Ele's Place West Michigan started in 2013 and after 2 years expanded to serving an average of 100 grieving children and teens each week from dozens of communities.This year, the largest amount ever raised from this one-day event, $45,000 was donated to Ele's Place West Michigan.
In 2020, The Clays-For-Kids Foundation recognized the Ronald McDonald House of West Michigan. RMHWM's mission is to provide a home away from home for families traveling to Grand Rapids for critical medical and mental health treatment for their children and youth. Since its establishment in 1990, the RMHWM has provided quality living accommodations and support services - at no cost - to over 14,000 families while their child (newborn to 18 years of age) is receiving the treatment they need in the Grand Rapids area. $26,000 was donated to Ronald McDonald House of West Michigan.
In 2019, The Clays-For-Kids Foundation recognized School Supply Santa. School Supply Santa, started in 2007 during a conversation with a local elementary school teacher. It was discovered there were many children, of all ages, who lacked the proper school supplies at the start of the year which were needed for growth and learning. The founder of School Supply Santa, Denise Kooiker, had a determined purpose and passion to help children in the local West Michigan communities. School Supply Santa lives out its mission of “investing in students to bring joy and empower success through the gift of school supplies.” $34,000 was donated to School Supply Santa.
In 2018, The Clays-For-Kids Foundation recognized Autism Support of West Shore. This nonprofit organization is run by parents, teachers and friends of autistic individuals. The Autism Support of West Shore (ASWS) advocates and supports meaningful participation in all aspects of life for children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families. $25,000 was donated to Autism Support of West Shore.
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