Getting Addicted: Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s Donates Fishing Equipment to Local Nonprofits | News from local businesses
BROKEN ARROW – Mike Wise’s visit to the Bass Pro Shops on Thursday caught the attention of a customer, who pulled him aside to inquire about the eight boys in brown shirts he was supervising.
After learning they were from Tulsa Boys Home, the stranger gave Wise $ 100 to spend on the group.
“It was awesome,” said Wise, recreation director of The Boys Home. “It is the subtle things in life that let you know that God is always watching over you.”
Bass Pro added to this happy coincidence Thursday.
It and Cabela’s have donated over 40,000 rods and reels across North America as part of their “Gone Fishing” challenge to bring more kids outdoors. Customers brought lightly used rods and reels this spring in exchange for discounts on new equipment. Every used part is refurbished to make sure it is fish-ready for the kids.
The Tulsa Boys Home was one of four local nonprofits to receive fishing gear.
In addition to these donations, Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s will be hosting free in-store fishing and casting activities during the weekends of June 12-13 and 19-20. Since the program’s inception in 2015, more than 500,000 products have been donated to youth-focused nonprofits across North America, helping millions of families catch their first fish, with more than 150 000 children participating in free events.