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Clay shooting tournament raises funds for sick children in hospitals

Compassionate Hearts for Kids runs The Caden Project delivering bears to kids

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NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. – Dozens of people participated in a sporting clays tournament Friday in Nassau County for a local charity called Compassionate Hearts for Kids.

A huge part of the nonprofit is The Caden Project, which delivers teddy bears to sick children.

The money raised Friday through the shooting tournament will benefit children spending significant time in the hospital.

Teams of four paid $750 to compete at the Amelia Shotgun Sports shooting range in Yulee.

The founder of the nonprofit, Christina Wood, started the organization because her two sons were born with genetic immune disorders and spent a lot of time in the hospital.

“For us, we saw it firsthand, being parents of a sick child in the hospital, and so we saw not only what our child went through but other children and families,” Wood said. “It gave us compassion for other families.”

Members of the group said last year they raised $6,000, and this year the number of sponsors doubled, so organizers expect the total raised will be well above last year's total when they tally up the numbers Friday night.

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