The National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) is a week filled with several positives – good cattle, good competition and good people. Participants this year can continue that positive impact by donating to the Center for Courageous Kids in Scottsville, Ky. 

A variety of items are needed, see a full list below, and will be collected Monday, July 16 prior to the NJAS opening ceremonies in Broadbent Arena at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky.

 “I encourage my fellow junior members to give back this year at NJAS,” says Clay Williams, National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) Board chairman.  “It’s important for us to reach out to one another and bring something extra to donate. This is an easy way to make a child’s experience at the Center a little brighter.”

The Center for Courageous Kids is a medical camping facility that provides year-round opportunities for kids living with life threatening or chronic conditions to experience camp like a normal young person.  Their tagline, “We Prescribe Fun,” aptly describes the experience of each camper.

Camp facilities include an equestrian center, bowling alley, indoor aquatic complex, gymnasium, archery range, a six-acre lake, stage, wood shop, beauty shop, music room and more.  In addition to all the fun, the center has well-trained staff, and a medical center with a helipad to provide the best care for each child. 

“To be with 128 other kids who look the same as you, take multiple medications like you, and perhaps are undergoing chemo or dialysis at camp, just like you—is very empowering,” says Stormi Murtie, communications director for the Center.  “They can feel ‘normal’ for a bit, meet with others with the same illness or condition, make lifelong friendships and have a ball!”

To provide these services, the Center relies solely on donations. Campers attend free of charge, so they are in need of help from generous individuals and organizations. The items donated by the NJAS juniors will be used by campers or to purchase the items needed throughout the year.

For more information about the Center for Courageous Kids, visit www.courageouskids.org.  To learn more about the National Junior Angus Association, visit www.angus.org/njaa.

Recommended donations:

  • Twin size sheets (NOT white, please choose colorful designs)
  • Washcloths
  • Towels
  • Pillows
  • Plain white t-shirts for tie-dying, any size
  • Non-aerosol bug spray
  • Non-aerosol sunscreen
  • AA batteries
  • Liquid antibacterial hand soap
  • Latex-free gloves
  • Clorox wipes
  • Ziploc Bags (gallon or quart size)
  • HP brand 8X10 or 4X6 photo paper
  • Gift Cards: ITunes, Hobby Lobby, Dollar General, Wal-Mart, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Phone Cards, Gas Cards, etc.