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Baker donation funds quail hunt

Published 10:50pm Thursday, March 6, 2014

R.W. Baker Funeral Home recently sponsored a quail hunt for wounded warriors, according to a company press release.

“The message is a simple one,” company officials stated in the release. “’Thank you so much for what you have done, we have not forgotten you.’”

Blake Baker (left) presents Kip West of Keeping Warriors Outdoors a $1,000 check recently. The money helped sponsor a quail hunt for wounded warriors.
Blake Baker (left) presents Kip West of Keeping Warriors Outdoors a $1,000 check recently. The money helped sponsor a quail hunt for wounded warriors.

The quail hunt came about after Baker initiated a social networking campaign to boost its connections around the Wakefield area. “For every like we get from the Wakefield area,” company officials posted on their Facebook page, “we will donate $5 to Keeping Warriors Outdoors. For every additional like, we will donate $1.”

In less than 24 hours, they had enough “likes” to donate $1,000.

Keeping Warriors Outdoors is dedicated to introducing severely wounded military men and women to the outdoors.

Kip West of Wakefield started the organization in 2005 after a friend from Wakefield, Marine Sgt. Jayton Daniel Patterson, was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq.

From the organization’s website: “We commit all of our focus to getting injured troops away from the hospitals and back into a more comfortable environment, the outdoors. Hunting and fishing is our medicine and we have a world-class team in place that makes us second to none.”

This is not Baker Funeral Home’s first effort in support of our military. Baker sponsored the successful 2010 Freedom Tribute in honor of the men and women who have served in the U.S. military and to pay specific tribute to those who gave their lives in serving our country. In the past, the funeral home has partnered with a few local Girl Scout troops to make Valentine’s cards for troops in Afghanistan.

R.W. Baker will be partnering with local charities throughout the year with special fundraising or supply collection campaigns. R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory at 509 West Washington St. and Baker-Foster Funeral Home at 5685 Lee Farm Lane in North Suffolk continue to collect used cell phones for members of the military.

Phones can be dropped off at either location during the week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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