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Thanks to the Heart Gallery of Tampa Bay and a Bay area man with big heart, about a dozen of these kids get the opportunity to just play for the day.

Tampa, Florida---Each week on 10 Connects we tell you about foster children who are looking for forever homes.

You can only imagine how difficult it must be for some of these courageous kids to have a television camera pointed directly at them while we ask them questions about what life is like without a forever family.

 

For the record, I hate asking these kids what kind of family would make them happy.  It's hard to come to terms with why they don't already have that family.

 

But I ask them because it's the only way to tell their stories.

There is always the chance a loving mom or dad  will see that particular child and recognize that he or she could be a part of their family.

 

Some of the kids are quiet and shy.  Others will talk your ear off.  Some are funny.

Then there are those who are very serious.

 

They are all different.

 

But the one thing they share with each other  is a unique situation of wanting and waiting for the right family to come along and see how special they are.

 

Thanks to the Heart Gallery of Tampa Bay and a Bay area man with big heart, about a dozen of these kids get the opportunity to just play for the day.

 

Andrew Sacher-Brown is the owner of Blitzkrieg Paintball Field in Tampa.

 

He recently opened up Blitzkrieg Paintball Field for some Heart Gallery kids and all he asked in return is that they have a good time.

 

Mission accomplished.

 

By the end of the day the kids were all running, sweating and laughing.

 

Andrew says learning to play paintball changed his life. He's been playing for fifteen years now. 

 

He wanted these Heart Gallery kids to know a little more about the game he grew to love and share a unique opportunity they may otherwise not have had.

 

For these Heart Gallery kids it was as their chance to spend the day with their peers who already know the frustration and pain of not yet having a forever family.

 

It was a blast to watch them go after each other with paintballs.  It was not much fun when they turned their attention on us and fired away.

 

By the time we were done for the day the smiles on their sweaty faces said it all.

 

It was a chance for them to just be kids for the day.

If you would like to know how to put a smile on the face of a Heart Gallery child contact the Children's Board of Hillsborough County.

 

Visit them on line at www.dreamswothgrowing.org.

 

To learn more about paintball you can call Andrew Sacher-Brown at Blitzkrieg Paintball Field at 813-217-2849. They're located at 802 East Bearss Avenue in Tampa. 

 

Ginger Gadsden, 10 Connects anchor

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