Sunday, February 12, 2012

Another Ripple....Another Friendship Forged

The next time someone mutters, "One person can't make a difference", look them in the eye and firmly proclaim, "YES THEY CAN!"

Because the archery love has rippled forward again.

I wasn't allowed to say anything until plans were in place, but a couple of Hubby's archery customers are businessmen with big hearts...and connections.  Two of them decided that the story of the bow donated to Jorge wasn't just wonderful, it was a starting point.  

These guys are in the process of setting up a foundation which will continue to aid in obtaining bows for archers who have been wounded in battle and are working to heal.  Not content to merely hit up a few pals, the businessmen are going after big time sponsors.  This isn't just a hobby.  It's an opportunity to aid these soldiers, to help them forge new friendships.  And heal. 

Yesterday, I was present when two more bows were presented to archers...with a third surprise merely waiting on the recipient to come in the shop.  Once again, Hubby very quietly, without fanfare, announced the bow was already paid for when the recipient reached in pocket to pay.  This time, all of the archers were WOMEN and let me tell you, I have never been hugged so much, or so tightly, in my life!  Heck, one of them even gave ME a box of Valentine candy.

This weekend there's a 3D tournament across the road and it was a little crowded in the shop to find the proper space and quiet for those kinds of stories.  But the ladies will be back next week and I plan to find that space.

The coolest part yet?  Mr. Humble (yep, Hubby) and I are not "in the spotlight" people, we're more comfortable in the background. We want a good deed to speak for itself.  If someone notices, that's nice.   But these businessmen plan to honor Hubby in spite of that protest.  

You see, Hubby's original shop was located at an old country intersection.  A crossroads.  Even when we moved, we brought the name "Crossroads Archery" with us to the new location.  The word may not have signified a physical address, but it noted life choice: when you come to a crossroad, a decision has to be made.  Which decision is up to you.

I don't know about you, but I think Crossroads Wounded Warrior Archery Foundation has a nice ring to it. 


Anonymous said...

This story just keeps getting better and better. Congrats and yes it's a GREAT name

savannah said...

amen, sister hope! xoxoxoo

Ponita in Real Life said...

This is so excellent!!! That's a fantastic name and I am so proud of you and Hubby for getting this thing rolling and that others have jumped on the bandwagon to see that it develops into something self sustaining!! xoxoxo to you both, and all those other guys who are involved.

mapstew said...

I knew I was right, I make friends with the nicest people! :¬)


hope said...

Thanks friends!

Best part? The newspaper printed my article on Jorge today...nice Valentine gift to put good guys in the spotlight. :)