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Mar 14, 2024 | Blogs

We use many different platforms to promote and showcase the important work that we do. We strive to always put out positive content that is beneficial to society as a whole. While we know that positive content doesn’t always equal growing our following quickly. We know that negative content garners the attention of the algorithms of the big tech oligarchs. This surprises our reach and silences our voice. We know what will get likes but feel that we have a responsibility to do the complete opposite. Sometimes having principles doesn’t pay. At the end of the day, we will stand on our convictions. As an organization, these principles are what guide us going forward. We have a duty to the public that we serve, that we lead by example and to especially set an example for their children. This all being said, we work hard to make sure that every comment, piece of content, or anything published on an official Kids S.A.F.E. Foundation account is positive. What we never can control is how that piece of content that we put out, mostly at random. On how it will be received by the public. Of course, we hope it is always a positive or inspiring response from the public. Over the years we have seen it all, a few times there have been death threats, but 99% of what we see in response to our content is overwhelmingly positive.

The other day we shared a Reel across IG, Facebook, and YouTube. It was a video of me working with a young man as he safely handled a firearm. A few days went by and I woke up to a message on the KSF Facebook page. It was from a father that seen the video and recognized his son. He proceeded to give me the back story on his son. He explained some of the challenges that his son faced and how he was so thankful for the work that we do in our gun safety classes for children. As I read the message, I have to admit that I did get a little choked up. Mostly because of the pride that I felt from how we had an impact on that young boy’s life at that moment. I could tell that the dad was proud of his son. He saw a young man who was able to overcome his adversity because he had a helping hand from our organization. As I run the day-to-day operations of the Kids S.A.F.E. Foundation, sometimes I forget to remember the impact that we make. It’s not because I don’t believe in what we do, it’s primarily because of the sheer workload attached to the machine that we have developed. It is messages like this that fill my tanks and reset my heading. It gives me time to reflect and plan for the future.

One thing that will always drive us forward is the mission to truly be inclusive. True inclusion happens when every child gets the same opportunity to participate like every other one. As an organization, it is our job to bring this to reality. Regardless of their “ability,” every child will be offered the same experience. As you might remember our friend Ryker, the visually impaired young man. He was given the chance many would take for granted because of their ability to see. We had to make modifications to what we do, but once we gain a new experience, we can offer what we learned to others. It has been this type of different experience that has put us in a very unique position. We are in a position that not many if any other organizations can claim. We literally can work with any child, period. We have the professional experience and the ability to do so, plus we want to be a viable solution for families.

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This all leads me back to the purpose of this blog post. The purpose is to provide information to parents that follow us on social media. From that original video that we posted the other day. We have received many comments and emails from a few other parents that we are on the fence because they didn’t know that their kids could get involved in our gun safety classes for kids because of some sort of “ability” that they were facing in their own lives. I always use the term “ability” instead of “disability.” The term disability has a negative connotation that can limit their growth and it is our goal to empower the kids in a way there are no limits in life if they put in the work. Will there be challenges, yes of course, but with the right attitude. There is nothing that these kids can accomplish if they believe in themselves. Sometimes, all it takes is a little push from an instructor that they just met, that wants to see them all win.

The best part of my job is how I get to be a cheerleader for every single kid that we meet. To see the smiles on their faces and handshakes from the parents make it all worth it. So in closing, we will keep putting out good positive content. We will keep inspiring the public, doing what’s right without getting the views that we need because we understand the evil that we are up against. That is ok because we will continue to make a difference in the lives of EVERY child that we meet.

Until next time. Be safe!

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