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Kids Catch A Smile Day started in 1992 as a result of a column Gary Voet wrote in The Sacramento Bee. At the time he was a sportswriter, and covering the outdoors was one of his assignments. He wrote that there should be a special fishing day at a very accessible and safe place, for physically challenged children who don’t have the ability (but do have the desire) to go fishing like most of us.
After a positive response from that column, he started organizing a day that would not only involve fishing for the physically challenged children, but plenty of activities for their siblings and family. Clowns, wildlife exhibits, game booths, karaoke, face-painting … a whole range of activities. Lunch is provided for the entire family, thanks to generous donations from Tooley Oil and Raleys. When the physically challenged children leave, they are presented with a special bag of donated goodies. And the trout they caught during the event are cleaned and bagged and kept on ice and given to them as they leave.
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IIt was to be a one-time event, but since all the volunteers - as well as the kids and families - had so much fun, it continued. This year’s Sacramento/Aerojet event will be the 25th. Another one was started in Modesto in 2004. And, due in large part to a very generous annual donation from the California Inland Fisheries Foundation, Kids Catch A Smile Day is insured a long and healthy life.
The Sacramento event (open to a maximum of 60 children aged 5-19) is held at the Aerojet complex in Rancho Cordova on Saturday, May 14, 2016. It is at the former corporate headquarters where there are running streams, cement walkways and flat grass, three large ponds where the trout are planted, and a cement overhang where the luncheon is staged. All around the ponds are games and activities.
The Modesto event will also be held on May 14, 2016.
AND IT IS ALL FREE!!