In the industry, we help our own (or at least we should). For some time now I’ve been aware of one need in particular but largely unable to help. When an opportunity to help came up this week, I jumped on it. This is a bit outside the norm for TTAG so if it isn’t your thing, just move on.
What it is is an opportunity to spread the message about an excellent program and to potentially help Linda Powell, the director of media relations for Mossberg. Linda is an avid hunter – seriously focused, not just casually – a big supporter of the shooting sports and a longtime member of the industry. Without her, Mossberg would not be the same.
From Shari LeGate:
Unbeknownst to most in the gun industry, Linda Powell, director of media relations for O.F. Mossberg & Sons, is suffering from IGA Nephropathy, also known Buerger’s disease, a condition that causes kidney failure. Linda has lived with the disease for seven years and she’s fought this battle quietly with only a few close friends and family aware of her condition. It’s now time to take her story public as Linda has recently been referred for dialysis and needs a kidney transplant.
There’s a lot of criticism of the media today. Some deserved, some not. There’s also a lot of criticism aimed at the shooting sports community. Some deserved, most not. As members of the media and the gun and shooting sports community, we at FMG Publications know our responsibility and are aware of the ability we have to communicate with the masses. We have the means to reach out to gun enthusiasts, marketers, dealers and manufacturers through print and social media. We’re going to use these powerful resources to do something positive and make a difference.
When it comes to helping others, there are no lines. There is no such thing as shooter or non-shooter. We are living, breathing and caring people first who happen to enjoy guns and shooting sports. Aiming To Help is the philanthropic arm of FMG Publications created to profile those who are in need of help, whether they are a member of our shooting sports community or not, because it’s what we “people” do. We aim to help other people in need.
The outdoor industry and the shooting sports population number in the millions, but at the same time, it’s a very small family. Aiming To Help endeavors to bring the shooting community together in the hope that as large as the body of the shooting sports is, within it there are people who are able to offer insight and assistance, so no one faces their challenges alone.
Aiming To Help is telling Linda’s story in the hope someone can help. To get more details and help write a happy ending to Linda’s story, download the Registration and Kidney Donor Questionnaires below.
This ongoing program will continue to draw attention to people who are in need. With each initiative, Aiming to Help will extend a helping hand to offer FMG Publications’ sphere of influence and the power of the press. Please join us in making a difference. For more information email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watch the video below for a look at Linda Powell’s story. And if you think you might be able to help that would be unspeakably amazing.