Average Hunter Presents Bids for the Kids to Benefit St. Jude’s Research Hospital

Bids For The Kids

Bids For The Kids

PEORIA, Ill.March 20, 2022PRLog — Now in its seventh year, Bids for the Kids – formerly Average Hunter St. Jude Auction – will take place online from March 20 to March 31, 2022. All proceeds go to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Matt Staser, aka the “Average Hunter,” set up a new website along with the new name for the auction.

Matt and his wife, Shawn, run this annual auction as a fundraiser for St. Jude. According to the website, Matt writes, “Raising money for St. Jude became a passion of mine when I became a parent myself. At that time, I didn’t need support from St. Jude but I knew a lot of families did, so I wanted to help out all that I could just in case one day I would need them.  I can only imagine the pain, heartache, and stress it can bring to a family and I want to do all I could to help!”

Along with the online auction, Matt is running and will continue to run multiple raffles at the site on behalf of St. Jude’s at the newly designed website. It’s easy to navigate between the auction and current raffles, and bidders will find a much easier process than in past years for bidding – including being notified when outbid. To date, Matt’s fundraising efforts have raised more than $52,700 for the hospital.

Matt is optimistic that this new approach to the auction and ongoing raffles will continue to grow and pique the interest of the outdoor industry, which is filled with people who want to help this worthy mission.

Sponsors include 5.11 Tactical, Alaska Guide Creations, Ardisam Inc., Arizona Archery Enterprises Inc., Bass Pro Shops, Bass Reaper Baits, Best Wingshooting, Bex Sunglasses, Big Jim’s Bows, Browning Trail Cameras, BulletProof Communications, Bushveld Hunting Adventures, Captain Segull’s Sportfishing Charts, Inc.., CarbonTV, Catchin Deers, Clearshot Outdoors, Clinger Holsters, Danco Sports, Dansons – Pit Boss Grills, Dead Center Archery Products, Domo’s Custom Tackle, DoskoPhoto, drybags.com, DSG Outerwear, Favorite Rods, FeraDyne Outdoors LLC, Fishiding, Gear America Brand, Gobbler Knob Longrifles, Harrod Outdoors LLC, Hawks Hill Knives, HECS Suits, Honeycutt Creative LLC, Hunter Safety System, Jacks’s Lures, Jana Waller, Kupt Up, Larry Weishuhn, Last Chance Archery, Lazyman Hooks, Limit Creek Fishing Rod Company, LIPPERT, LockDown Outdoors, Mahco Outdoors, MASKALL HUNTERS, LLC, Mathews, Maui Jim Sunglasses, MDT Tac, MiaAnstine.com, Modern Spartan Systems, Mountain Dew/Pepsi, Mr. Heater, Newnan Shooting & Outdoor Sports, No Sweat Lotions, NSSF’s Gun Owners Care, Initiative, On-Target Indoor Shooting Range, LLC, Paul Brits Safaris, Pitman Creek Wholesale, Postfly, Realtree, Red Arrow TV, Rheos Gear, Rocky Boots, Roost’em Hunting Products LLC, Ross Reels, RZ Masks, Salt Life, SEAL1 LLC, Sharkbanz, Sports Products, Streamlight, The Cabin at Wardlow’s Pocket, The Candleberry Candle Company, The Sourcing Department, Thundermist Lure Company, Tuffy Security, Vortex, Walton’s Inc.., Widener’s, Wiebe Knives, Worldwide Adventures and “Women’s Outdoor News,” Barbara Baird.

To sign up for the auction, visit Bids for the Kids (https://bidsforthekids.com/). Sponsorships are available.

Average Mail Delivery Time Across Nation: 2.7 Days


The United States Postal Service reported new delivery performance metrics showing the average time to deliver a mailpiece across the postal network was 2.7 days in the first eight weeks of the fiscal year second quarter.

Consistent with the rest of the shipping industry, USPS experienced delays in both ground and air transportation during the month of February due to inclement weather events including winter storms in the Midwest, South and Northeast regions. The Postal Service continues to implement mitigation plans to move mail and packages effectively across the nation.   

Additional second quarter service performance scores covering Jan.1 through Feb. 25 included:

  • First-Class Mail: 86.6 percent of First-Class Mail delivered on time against the USPS service standard, a decrease of 2.5 percentage points from the fiscal first quarter.
  • Marketing Mail: 91.4 percent of Marketing Mail delivered on time against the USPS service standard, a decrease of .8 percentage point from the fiscal first quarter.
  • Periodicals: 80.3 percent of Periodicals delivered on time against the USPS service standard, a decrease of .5 percentage point from the fiscal first quarter.

One of the goals of Delivering for America, the Postal Service’s 10-year plan for achieving financial sustainability and service excellence, is to meet or exceed 95 percent on-time service performance for all mail and shipping products once all elements of the plan are implemented. Service performance is defined by the Postal Service as the time it takes to deliver a mailpiece or package from its acceptance into our system through its delivery, as measured against published service standards.

The Postal Service generally receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

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Seniors Have an Average of 20 Different Medicare Supplement Insurers to Choose from

The 11,000 Americans turning 65 every day face multiple choices regarding their Medicare coverage. Those considering Medicare Supplement insurance in 2021 have an average of 20 different insurance companies to choose from.

“Choice is great but it can also be overwhelming,” explains Jesse Slome, director of the American Association for Medicare Supplement Insurance (AAMSI). “Picking the best Medicare option today can be daunting. There are so many variables that literally can vary from one Zip Code to the next.”

The Association gathered data regarding the number of Medicare Supplement insurance (Medigap) companies offering Plan G policies in major metropolitan areas across the U.S. Plan G is the most popular Medigap plan choice among individuals turning 65 and first eligible for Medicare.

The fewest options (five) were available in Manhattan. “In many metro areas like Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia and Phoenix, consumers had plans available from 20 or more different insurers. When we balanced out our examination, 20 insurance company choices was the average available.”

While policy provisions from the various insurers tend to be uniform as mandated by government regulations, pricing is another matter. The Association’s 2021 Medicare Supplement insurance Price Index revealed significant pricing differences for Medigap Plan G offerings. “For example, a male turning 65 in Chicago could pay as little as $127-monthly or as much as $257 depending on which insurance company they pick.”

The Association offers an online directory listing Medicare insurance agents. The only independent, third party resource is free to use and completely private access for consumers to use. For more information visit the organization’s website at www.medicaresupp.org.