SCI Bell Family Blue Bag
In memory of Amy Bell
Humanitarian Services to people and communities worldwide is a major objective of the SCI Foundation. In 2015 the Bell family joined with the SCI Foundation in support of their Humanitarian Services program by making a major funding commitment to what is now known as the Bell Family Blue Bag – “Pay It Forward” initiative. It is the goal of this program to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate throughout the world.
Pay it Forward
SCI Chapters, individual SCI members, church groups as well as groups of school children or scouts fill these Blue Bags with much needed school and medical supplies, clothes and food items as well as playground items for the children. The contents of these bags may include medical, educational, and other relief supplies, or clothing and toys. SCI members, fellow hunters and their friends, who are traveling to the hunting and safari destinations of the world, will take these Blue Bags and distribute these much needed items to children and families all over the globe. These “humanitarians”, with the support of their outfitters and friends, will deliver the contents of these bags directly to schools, clinics, churches, orphanages as well as to teachers, doctors, caregivers and mission workers to use in support of all those in need.
Through this program the Bells join with hunting families and their friends all over the world to promote a “Pay It Forward” spirit for the benefit of those less fortunate and to improve the quality of life worldwide
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SCI Bell Family Blue Bag - "Paying It Forward" in Austria
During a recent trip to Austria the Bell family learned of a special need at a school for handicapped children. The teachers at the school had been searching for funding for some much needed playground equipment at the school. They had contacted some local citizens who were willing to provide the labor for the project but they needed some funding for the supplies. The Bell's arranged a special "Love Gift" to purchase the supplies and the project was a go. The smiles on the children's faces as well as the teachers and workers says it all.
Part 2 of Bell Family Blue Bags June 2017
Part 2 of The Bell family delivering SCI Blue Bags in June 2017. This video shows Blue Bags done in South Africa and Namibia.
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The Bell family makes 10 different stops to deliver SCI Blue Bags in 3 different countries. This video shows Zambia Blue Bags. South Africa and Namibia to follow.
Christelle van der Watt and Johan van der Watt are handing over 5 SCI Bell Family Blue Bags filled with winter clothing & bedding to The Haven Night Shelter WO Cape Town. These items will provide much needed help for the homeless in Cape Town during the upcoming winter. This generous support was made possible through the help of their friends Enelge De Jongh, Vicky Viljoen, Schalk Viljoen.
Tori Klepac FaulknerThank You Johan van der Watt for all that you do and document!!! Yall are making the world a better place!!!
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Amy Bell CharitiesWhat a beautiful and kind gesture. Christelle and Johan, you are both so faithful and supportive of the Amy Bell Charities and the Bell family. We love you both very much.
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Amy Bell Charities added 2 new photos.
Amy Bell Charities and the Bell family want to shout out a big thank you to the Pete and Lynn Fisher and Nchila Wildlife Reserve for their faithful support of the SCI Foundation Bell Family Blue Bag program. Nchila is home to some of Africa’s most beautiful animals and birds in a nature reserve of stunning natural beauty, situated in the remote North West corner of Zambia. Wildlife originally indigenous to the area has been carefully reintroduced and managed with conservation foremost in mind. The Fisher family has been living with and serving the needs of the Lunda people in this area since Dr. Walter Fisher, a missionary surgeon, first arrived in Africa in the late 1800’s. Pete and Lynn, along with numerous other members of the Fisher family, have been “Paying It Forward” to those less fortunate in this area for decades. The Fishers have become significant partners and supporters of the Amy Bell Charities, the SCI Foundation and the Bell Family Blue Bag program. Through this partnership with the Bell family and SCI, the Fishers are extending their “Pay It Forward” spirit by helping their visitors and guests join with them in providing much needed humanitarian support for local families and children. The focus of this support has been primarily through helping meet the needs of the community in the areas of healthcare and education. If you are planning a trip to visit the Nchila Wildlife Reserve please ask them about doing a “Blue Bag” during your visit to Zambia.
Amy Bell Charities tribute to our founder Amy Doris Bell
When Amy Bell passed away so suddenly on May 16, 2014 we found ourselves in a state of shock and experiencing unspeakable grief. Amy, before her passing, was so full of life and laughter and had established deep friendships all over the world. She had a huge heart for children and had started a legacy of supporting and serving children and young people both here in America and around the world. It is a legacy that her family and friends could not ignore. Out of our grief has grown a commitment to "continue Amy's legacy". That decision to continue her work led to the establishment of the Amy Bell Charities website to chronicle that work. Please enjoy this "look-back" at some of the work that Amy began and how her family and friends are continuing that legacy.
We love you Amy Bell and miss you daily. But your legacy of "Pay It Forward" continues.
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When Amy Bell passed away so suddenly on May 16, 2014 we found ourselves in a state of shock and experiencing unspeakable grief. Amy, before her passing, was so…
Larry and Ellen Bell want to extend a big thank you to Patty Curnutte and her husband Bob, San Antonio, Texas, for their long-time support of the Bell Family Blue Bag program. Patty and her sister Nancy Lange are seen here with Larry Bell in the Global Sportsman booth at the SCI Convention in Las Vegas. Patty and her Global Sportsman team have been providing the Bell family with wonderful research and guidance in helping organize and book hunting and sight-seeing trips all over the world since 2012. In addition to helping the Bells and countless other hunters and travellers with hunting and travel advice, Patty and Bob and their team have been assisting travellers and outfitters alike with information and details about how to be involved in the SCI Foundation Bell Family Blue Bags. Patty and Bob have assisted numerous hunter's and travellers worldwide who want to “Pay It Forward” in the name of the Blue Bag by arranging humanitarian support for those less fortunate in numerous locations throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, as well as numerous locations throughout Europe and Africa.
Larry and Ellen Bell say a big West Texas “Thank You” to Cornelius Kruger, Nick and Elsada Kruger. The entire team at Omujeve Hunting Safaris Namibia and the Kruger Family have been a huge support to the SCI Foundation Bell Family Blue Bag program for a long time. They actively assist and support hunters and other visitors who want to “Pay It Forward” to those less fortunate. They provide much needed humanitarian support for disadvantaged families and children in their hunting areas.
Omujeve has its headquarters located just outside of Windhoek in Namibia, and offer hunting and safari opportunities in Namibia, South Africa and Zambia. If you plan to hunt with Omujeve Safaris please ask them about doing a “Blue Bag” during your visit to Namibia, South Africa or Zambia.
Matthew C. Bell, Brian R Bell, Larry and Ellen Bell all say a special thank you to Mr. John Sharp and John Sharp Conservation. John and his team have been dedicated and faithful supporters of the SCI Foundation Bell Family Blue Bag program from its inception. They been at the forefront of the “Pay It Forward” spirit in Zimbabwe and throughout Africa for many years and are constantly looking for opportunities to “love and support” their neighbours throughout the areas where they live and work. John Sharp Conservation has been actively involved by assisting hunter's and other visitors who want to “Pay It Forward” in the name of the Blue Bag program by providing much needed humanitarian support for less fortunate families and children in their hunting areas. If you plan to hunt with the John Sharp team please ask them about doing a “Blue Bag” during your time with them in Zimbabwe.
Amy Bell Charities added 3 new photos — at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Beverly & John Landgraf continue to “Pay It Forward” by delivering two Amy Bell Blue Bag donations during their recent trip to Uganda.
Beverly delivered some much needed clothing and educational supplies to a small tribe during her recent trek to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Southwestern Uganda to view the Mountain Gorillas. She delivered this to the families who live in the Kanunga Village, which is close to the Congo border. The families receiving Beverly’s support rarely experience any kind of assistance in this very remote area and they were all very appreciative of her kindness.
John and Beverly did a second SCI Foundation Bell Family Blue Bag during their visit to Uganda. They delivered numerous school and teaching supplies, soccer balls and some medical supplies to the Kigumba Primary School at the Kigumba Village in the Nakaseke District of Central Uganda.
The Landgrafs purchased all the “Blue Bag” items locally with the assistance of their host, Uganda Wildlife Safaris. There were 30 very delighted students and 2 very grateful teachers. As always, the children's smiles tell a story of appreciation.
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Sean CarringtonI still remember the sculpture you did of the gorilla that was in the shop window. What a great piece of art you did.... I think about it offten when I drive past Starbird..... it was the one of my favorite besides the one you did of Seward...
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Recently Tim Fallon and his wife Susan C. Fallon of FTW Ranch, Barksdale, TX presented a special gift to Annette Oelofse and Alexander Oelofse of Jan Oelofse Hunting Safaris for the Mount Etjo School in Kalkfeld, Namibia. These funds are to be used to support the Amy Bell Charities Memorial Scholarship program in Namibia which are being overseen and guided by the Jan Oelofse family. The funds were raised through a special fund raiser that is held regularly at FTW Ranch through the SAAM Shooter Training Program held at the ranch. Amy Bell was a faithful participant in hunter training at the FTW Ranch and loved the Fallon family like they were her own. Larry and Ellen Bell say a special word of thank you to Tim and Susan and all the FTW family for being a constant source of love and support. God’s richest blessings on the Fallon and Oelofse family for their partnership in the work and legacy of the Amy Bell Charities.
A big thank you to the Tam family and Tam Safaris for their faithful support of the SCI Foundation Bell Family Blue Bag program. The Tam’s have a wonderful Safari operation in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. They have been involved with supporting hunter's and other visitors who want to “Pay It Forward” by providing much needed humanitarian support for less fortunate families and children. If you plan to hunt with Tam Safaris please ask them about doing a “Blue Bag” during your visit to South Africa.
A big thank you to Anne Gaines-Burrill of Air2000, Johannesburg South Africa, and Elaine Porteous of African Odyssey Travel Service for their support of the Bell Family Blue Bag program. Anne provides a wonderful meet and greet service for hunters and travellers who are transiting through Johannesburg. She and her staff can assist with providing Blue Bags to hunters and visitors who want to “Pay It Forward” to those less fortunate with humanitarian support while traveling in Africa. Elaine, a long time friend of the Bell family, can assist with travel plans throughout Africa and has information about the Blue Bag program.