- Associated Press - Friday, December 26, 2014

PORTAGE, Mich. (AP) - Hams, money, coats? No, a Kalamazoo-area man gave the needy what he knows best - fishing.

Bass fisherman Wesley Hanna donated 26 fishing rods and reels to Portage Community Outreach Center, which put together gift baskets for Christmas. He says he just wants to put rods in the hands of kids.

Hanna, a self-employed painter, tells the Kalamazoo Gazette (https://bit.ly/1xU0paf) he was able to buy the rods after winning a statewide fishing contest.

Adam Nix is grateful. The Portage man picked up two fishing poles for his sons this week. Nix says they’re “going to love them.”

Hanna is working on a website to get more kids involved in fishing. It would show them how to tie knots and put worms on hooks.

Hanna says he’s inspired by his mother, Debra Hanna, who always “paid it forward.”

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Information from: Kalamazoo Gazette, https://www.mlive.com/kalamazoo

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