Read a Book, Have a Party, Help a Cowboy! By Pam Crooks

Just like football players, hockey players, soccer players, etc, professional rodeo cowboys get hurt, too.  Sometimes badly and without the protection of over-sized pads. They are athletes in every sense of the word, and when they are knocked out of the competition due to injuries, their paychecks take a big hit, too.  

That’s where the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund (JCCF) comes in.  The Justin Boot Company teemed up with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association to form the JCCF as a non-profit charity organization.

To learn more:

From the JCCF website:

“JCCF had awarded nearly $8 million in need-based financial assistance to almost 1,100 injured rodeo athletes and their families.

100% of all proceeds go to eligible athletes.”

I love that.  100%.

Who hasn’t heard of big name charities who pay their CEOs hundreds of thousands of dollars in bonuses and benefits and who rake in millions of dollars to pay fancy overhead when the donors think they are helping the needy?  They are, of course, but on a smaller level and not as much as they think they are.

Also from the JCCF website:

“This uncommon practice for a charitable organization (100% of proceeds) is made possible by the joint commitment of the Justin Boot Company and the PRCA, which underwrite all administrative costs associated with managing the JCCF, leaving all monies received through contributions (and as investment earnings) to serve their intended purpose.”


And that’s where the rest of us come in.  Raising the funds to help the JCCF do their wonderful and charitable works of which 100% goes to qualifying professional rodeo cowboys.

Well . . . it just so happens that TODAY Shanna Hatfield is hosting her 6th annual “Cowboys and Christmas Facebook Party” and it’s bigger than ever.  I have the honor of kicking off the festivities, and I’ll be joined by sister filly Kit Morgan–and Shanna, of course. Fifteen guest authors in all.

Shanna explains:

“The party gets underway Thursday at 10 a.m. Pacific Time (so that’s 11 Mountain, Noon Central, and 1 Eastern). Entries for giveaways will remain open until the following morning, so even if you can’t participate in the party during all the action, you can still check in after the fact and get in on the goodies!”

Trust me.  There will be a TON of goodies. 

Please come!  Just click – Cowboys and Christmas – to join the group!

It’ll be fast-paced and fun.  Here are the particulars:

We hope to see you there!



Do you have a favorite charity?  Do you try to give to the less fortunate at this special time of year?  Are you coming to Shanna’s party? (I know some of you are!)  Are you a little cautious about donating to big-name charities because of their high overhead?


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21 thoughts on “Read a Book, Have a Party, Help a Cowboy! By Pam Crooks”

  1. The JCCF is one of a kind for sure. That’s wonderful that monies donated are going to where it needs to go. I don’t have FB so I won’t be able to party 🙂 But have lots of fun.

    • We’ll miss you, Carol. Shanna does a fabulous job of organizing, and this event is building a reputation for not only raising funds for a good cause, but great fun for everyone.

  2. This is one charity that goes above and beyond to help the rodeo cowboys association when they are injured. This is the greatest charity I know of that truly helps. I also donate to St. Judes because those families with children strickened with disease need our help.
    I’m so excited to be going to this phenomenal party Shanna hosts every year. It’s a win win for everyone. So read a book and help a Cowboy!

    • I absolutely agree, Tonya! The JCCF (as far as I know) is unique for the cowboys and certainly compassionate for them. I can’t imagine why there aren’t more injuries the way those big broncs and steers throw those cowboys around like they’re rag dolls!!!

      I remember watching Danny Thomas on TV and loving his show, “Make Room for Daddy”. And I even remember him starting up the St. Judy Research Hospital. What a tremendous tribute to prayers answered and giving back.

      See you soon, my friend!

  3. Sounds like a great fundraiser for a worthy cause.

    I usually give to one of the charities for my autoimmune diseases. I also give to my church.

    I’ll try to stop by.

    • I didn’t realize you had an autoimmune disease, Denise. Hugs!

      Giving to your church should be on everyone’s list of charities – good choice!

      Hope to see you in a few hours, my friend.

  4. Good morning! I can’t wait for the party! JCCF is such an awesome charity! I love that Shanna is contributing to it in such an awesome way! I would love to contribute to charitable organizations but I’m somewhat needy myself. I live on disabilty income that started at age 35 so it is not very much money. About the only contributions I make are to homeless I come across, to can food drives and such. I wish I could contribute more but with being a single disabled mother just doesn’t allow it in my budget. See you at the party!

    • Stephanie, the good Lord sees small donations from those who truly give from what little they have as most important. Never feel like you’re not doing enough. Your heart is in the right place.

      Yep, I’ll see you at the party!!

    • Yay!! I hope to “see” you there, Edwina. It’s a blast. Lots of giveaways and fun games. And yes, most important of all, Shanna is dedicated to this charity and is very generous.

  5. This is a good cause. Not sure I will make to the party have doctor’s appointment today out of town but will try to get by the party later tonight.

    • I hope it works out that you can stop by. Shanna is leaving the party open throughout tonight, and she won’t be drawing prize winners until Friday morning, so you’ll have time to come if you can.

      Good luck with that doctor’s appointment!

  6. I belong to an organization of female educators and we do a lot of altruism. This year we fill a bag of food an give toys to children. I am going over to your site as well. It is an amazing thing to do.

    • God will bless you for your kindness and hard work in donating to give children joy. Good for you, Debra!

      So glad you can come to Shanna’s party! I’ll see you there!

    • Mornin’, Teresa! Shanna is a born entertainer, isn’t she? Not only with her books, but she’s a pro at throwing parties, both on and off line.

      See you there, my dear!

  7. We volunteer and donate to several local charities and organizations. We support an organization that works with the homeless, supporting them in the field and trying to get them into housing. We donate food and household goods as well as work on an annual Stand Down For Homeless Vets Day. We are Red Cross Volunteers working with the Disaster Services and their Service To the Armed Forces programs. We also volunteer at the local Veterans Hospital, and the Honor Flight Program to take veterans to Washington, DC. There are other programs at our church and the local animal shelter we support.
    Before donating to national charities, I check Charity Navigator to see how they are rated and how they spend their donations. High overhead and high director salaries are a definite no-nos. We support several conservation and wildlife organizations.

  8. Oh, my goodness, Patricia!! You are AMAZING!! It shows what a big, generous heart you have, and believe me, what goes around, comes around.

    Checking Charity Navigator is great advice!!!

    Hugs to you for all your generosity.

  9. You are so, so sweet to share this, Pam! Thank you so much! It’s an honor to party with you and with so many wonderful guests. I love that people are so giving and support their favorite charities! Hugs to all for their kindness and generosity.

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