There is a wonderful non profit organization that a great woman runs. She doesn’t do it alone; she has great friends to help. My cousin introduced me to her. Her name is Vollie and the organization that she runs is called Hope Rides. She runs this place in Mayer, MN. It allows children that have trouble opening up, have been scared and need someone to trust, have had abuse in their lives, or love being around horses and just get the chance to work and be with horses for free.
A few times a year Vollie throws fundraiser events that are completely geared towards kids and family. I asked Jason if he minded having the whole family go out there to get some fresh air and to have some fun. To my delight, he said yes, and everyone did have fun!
Our son got to learn how to juggle; Jason was also working on this. Our two girls loved the amusement park games and they got like a million suckers as prizes. They also had tables where they had face painting, caricatures, henna tattoos, and someone teaching kids how to draw horses. All of the activities were free and super fun for kids and adults!
There was also food, a silent auction, and Hope Rides merchandise to buy, with all proceeds going to Hope Rides.
Nothing is more rewarding then seeing all of the smiles on my kids faces, and to see Jason with a smile on his face when he is with his family. I wish I saw more of it!
I give this event 5 out of 5 pants off!
When Linda asked me to go to the Hope Rides Harvest Day fundraiser, I was less than thrilled. As much as I support her
obsession interest in horses, I don’t share it. But family time is important, so off we went.
We walked in, and the first thing we saw was the driveway roped off and a juggling team teaching people to juggle. I’ve been trying to learn lately, so I dragged Brat #1 over there and we gave it a shot. I got bored of dropping the balls within about 15 minutes, but he stuck around for over an hour. He’s not great, but he’s actually juggling, now.
They had henna tattoos, face painting, a little carnival, horse rides, and a bunch of other stuff going on. We all had fun and threw some money at the charity. It was a good time for a good cause, and we’ll be back.
The horse racing was the best.
5 out of 5 stars.